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  • Audio CD (August 4, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: August 4, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000009PNY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,333 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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...[M]any tribute albums come off as cheesy and passionless--but not this surprisingly energetic tribute to Depeche Mode by mostly younger bands. -- People

Like most such albums, this tribute to Depeche Mode is deeply uneven. -- Entertainment Weekly

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Too much noise, not enough of anything remotely musical.
"spalding177"
These are solid songs, but the fact is the covers are quite simply better than the originals.
Brian D. Webber
For anyone else,I'd recommend that you listen to DM's music before purchasing this album.
Avi

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lara Bailey on December 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Depeche Mode aren't usually a band you see or hear much glorification about. But a career that has lasted almost 20 years speaks for itself, as the contributers to this tribute album certainly know. Having survived critical indifference (until Violator shut the critics up, then made them talk in 1990), numerous band member desertions and clinical death in the case of the magnificently gaunt frontman Dave Gahan, it's a small wonder Depeche Mode are still here. So it's pleasing to see that this tribute album doesn't just go for the well known tracks (thank God nobody's tried to improve upon Personal Jesus), but includes some choice cuts from their extensive back catalogue. Highlights of which are Gus Gus's "Monument", a darker version than DM's and in my opinion the better for it; Rabbit In The Moon's version of "Waiting for the Night" is pure delight, updating the trancey 1990 dark synth-pop to late 90's breakbeat, with heartbreaking vocals easily rivaling Martin Gore. The best track for me is God Lives Underwater's reworking of "Fly on the Windscreen", giving the track a harder, more rock edge compared to it's former keyboard-led incarnation. Surprisingly the tracks that let this album down are the ones covered by the more well known bands. Smashing Pumpkins version of "Never Let Me Down" is, frankly, at best a soothing mediocre pastiche, and at worst a lifeless stroll through the motions. Apollo Four-forty's rehash of "I Feel You" lacks the relentless pounding rhythm and intense vocal performance of the original, and surprisingly none of the tongue-in-cheek humour of Apollo Four-forty's other work shines through in this either.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 16, 1999
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I loved this tribute CD. A friend recorded it to me on a tape so i could listen to it and it was great: the old songs (let's be sincere: some of the first records are starting to show their age) were completely renewed, recycled, and polished. And that's the fun of a tribute CD: the songs aren't the original ones. You are listening to Smashing Pumpkins, but they aren't the Smashing Pumpkins anymore, neither it is a DM song. It is something completely new, fresh, and at the same time, well known for all of us DM fans. Some of the songs are better than others, but well, that's the way it is. I would have liked to see more known artists (how about pet shop boys ? or Duran Duran ? or Orbital ? or NIN ? well, maybe the next time).- FIVE STARS !
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mike Taylor on January 3, 2000
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If this review gets printed, it'll be on top of a number of negative responses. If you're a Depech Mode fan, you may not enjoy this cd. Unlike other "tributes", these artists aren't devoted to slavishly reproducing the exact same song that they're supposed to be praising, with all the artistry of Memorex. This album is daring, a kaleidoscope of sound. From the death metal of Rammstein to the techno-goofyness of Self to the pop sounds of Dishwalla and the tender voices of Veruca Salt, there's something different around every corner. This album isn't for everyone. It's just for people who love all kinds of music. Don't let others dictate your taste. Check it out for yourself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 2, 1999
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Rock and alternative artists too numerous to name have seen their music twisted and remade into unrecognizable (and to some fans unlistenable) form. Admittedly, in some cases a remake can take a song in a subtle or even improved direction. On their THANK YOU collection Duran Duran cover a number of artists and offer an excellent take on 'Perfect Day' that Lou Reed later acknowledged was performed the way he "always wanted to sing it."
FOR THE MASSES (in 1998, at least the sixth Depeche Mode tribute in as many years,) features a plethora of artists, though with such a variety of styles the collection seems disjointed at best. Meat Beat Manifesto offers a (too) faithful reconstruction of 'Everything Counts. Other highlights include a hilarious remake of 'Stripped', and The Cure with a unique slant on 'World In My Eyes'.
Just as recent years have shown a trend in the recycling of old cartoons or re-making films, so have we seen a trend in the recycling of music. A proliferation of trance remakes and tribute collections suggests a more commercial approach to music: making what will sell on the merits of what has already proved influential or popular.
However, the group Bauhaus chose their name from the German school of art, loosely defined 'Art for the sake of art's survival'. They realized the importance of creating music that comes from the heart (as David J proves with his l.p. ETIQUETTE OF VIOLENCE). Perhaps they had the right idea; what we need to see is not reconstituted material, but a return to creating music that comes from the heart. 5/1999
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 1998
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This tribute must have been so much fun to do for the many bands contributing...think of the original material they had to choose from! The Cure doing Depeche Mode!?! What a concept--they do it brilliantly. Self's version of "Shame" is particularly wonderful and more than worthy of airplay, as are many of the other tracks. Only a couple of true disappointments, including Veruca Salt's sleepy and dismal version of the great "Somebody" and Monster Magnet's off-key and cheesy "Black Celebration." In spite of these, this CD rocks, and will please true DM fans and casual listeners alike!
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