For a very long time I have been meaning to cover an album from one of my all time favorite Synthpop bands in Depeche Mode for the album of the week. I have put it off for such a long time that now is just as good a time as ever. There are two albums in the band’s catalog that I absolutely love and I am covering one of them in 1990’s Violator. The album featured the key members Martin Gore (Guitars/Vocals/Keys), Andy Fletcher (Bass/Keys), Dave Gahan (Lead Vocals), and Alan Wilder (Keys/Piano/Drums). Violator was the band’s seventh album and the most popular album internationally that the band had ever released. The album went number one in France while going number two in Switzerland, Germany, and the UK. Meanwhile, it was the band’s first album to ever crack the top 10 in the United States by peaking at number 7 on the Billboard Top 200 charts. The album also finished number 17 on the Billboard’s year end charts and the album went triple platinum selling 3 Million copies.
1. World In My Eyes– One of Andy Flecther’s favorite tracks on the album which is a very erotic story about a man wanting to make love to his virgin partner. 5/5
2. Sweetest Perfection– a hammering bass riff opens the track whose lyrics are talking about some kind of drug addiction. 4/5
3. Personal Jesus– The first Depeche Mode to primarily feature the guitar as an instrument and one of the most popular tracks. The track talks about the TV/phone evangelism gimmick that was popular at the time and still is. 5/5
4. Halo– The track starts off with a simple beat (almost like a click track) before the synths kick in and eventually the track gets a little more upbeat in the tempo. From what I can gather about the lyrics, someone isn’t happy where they are, but they can’t move on because of guilt. 4/5
5. Waiting for the Night– a simple beat drives the song that is a very dark and moody beat about someone waiting for the darkness of death. 4/5
6. Enjoy The Silence– A very upbeat goth dance track about learning that silence is golden otherwise you are bound by your words. 5/5
7. Policy Of Truth– This is one of my favorite tracks on the album and it’s the only Depeche Mode track to chart higher in the US than in the UK. The track is about how sometimes the idea of honesty is the best policy may not be always true. 5/5
8. Blue Dress– A simple beat to the song with some melancholic riffs drive the song which is about just you being you and nothing else. 4/5
9. Clean– The last track on the album that starts with a cool bass riff before ominous beats take over in a track that talks about someone who has finally gotten control of their lives. 4/5
My Final Thoughts– You can clearly see from all of the tracks on here and in their catalog why so many different bands were influenced by these guys. They are brilliant writers and it shows on every record. Definitely give this record a listen, you will not regret it. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.