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A Broken Frame is obviously the result of a band trying to redefine itself. I don't think anybody would argue it's not their best work, but in light of the fact that Depeche Mode is still around and kicking today, it's clear that DM were here to stay even in 1982.
Martin was apparently not to eager to completely shed the image that Vince Clarke had helped them to forge on Speak and Spell. This album is a bit schizophrenic. For example, songs like The Meaning of Love and See You obviously attempt to continue in the vein of their first release while tunes like Leave In Silence and Shouldn't Have Done That foreshadow the Depeche Mode we'd come to know much better on future releases like Construction Time Again and Some Great Reward.
If you're not familiar with much of Depeche Mode's music and are looking for some exposure, this probably isn't the record for you. Given how much they've changed over the past 25 years or so, it'd be hard to recommend one or two albums alone. If you're interested in their more pop-oriented releases from the '80s, you can't go wrong with Some Great Reward. For the later, darker version of the band, check out Black Celebration or Violator. For the latest generation of DM's sound, check out Ultra or Playing The Angel for a good representation of what they're all about today.Read more ›
It may never reach the greats but sometimes the greats are a little too pretentious and we need something that's real - that has flaws - that's human! It's those sort of things that make this album have a rare charm despite some of it's failings
Because the reissues are faithful to the original UK releases, there are a few noticeable differences between this album and the original 1990 release. First of all, "Leave In Silence" runs a little shorter(In fact the version on the 1990 CD was actually the 12-inch version). The one here is identical to the one on "The Singles 81>85". Also, "Further Excerpts From:My Secret Garden" has been omitted but a shorter version of it appears on the DVD. And for the astute listener, a small part of the intro on "Satellite" was trimmed.
The DVD features three additional tracks that were B-sides or part of 12-inch singles. The 27 minute documentary talks about the band continuing without Vince Clarke, the recruiting of Alan Wilder though he didn't participate in the recordings and the story behind the famous album cover.
Martin Gore was quoted as saying that this was probably their worst album but this is a very enjoyable album after a few listens.
Here's what's on the DVD:
-A Short Film-Depeche Mode: 1982 (The beginning of their so-called dark phase)
-The entire album in DTS 5.1 and stereo.
-Live in Hammersmith October 1982 in 5.1 and stereo:
My Secret Garden/See You/Satellite/Nothing To Fear/The Meaning Of Love/A Photograph Of You.
Now, This Is Fun (B-side of "See You")
Oberkorn(It's A Small Town)
Excerpt from: My Secret Garden (B-side of "Leave In Silence-UK only)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was a great album when it first came out. Even better now with the remastered songs and the live ones. Any Adam fans need to add this to their collection.Published 3 months ago by William Mathews
The reason why I am giving 3 star's is because the individual box the vinyl came in was already open. Thankfully! The vinyl was still in the cover it came in. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jobeth Marks
I rec'd my CD of "A Broken Frame" on May 26, 2015. I'm very HAPPY to mention that I DID get the EXTENDED Version of "Leave In Silence". Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kevin B. "0820"
I bought this is a gift for a friend to complete her collection. When isn't a Depeche Mode item wonderful?Published 10 months ago by Cyn
Everything came as i expected it to be! very happy with my purchase! now my collection is growing :)Published 17 months ago by Dani
This 2014 vinyl reissue of A BROKEN FRAME had severe "built-in" surface noise which cannot be cleaned away, along with heavy distortion in the right-hand channel during the... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Benjamin Adams