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Songs of Faith & Devotion [Original recording remastered]

Depeche ModeAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 3, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 1993
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino / Wea
  • ASIN: B000HIVQBC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
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1. I Feel You
2. Walking In My Shoes
3. Condemnation
4. Mercy In You
5. Judas
6. In Your Room
7. Get Right With Me
8. Rush
9. One Caress
10. Higher Love

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85 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Underrated May 9, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Songs Of Faith And Devotion could be Depeche Mode's most underrated album to date. A common misconception about SOFAD is that it was a sell-out to the grunge movement of its time. The only song on the album that might pass as being grunge, however, is "I Feel You," and only for its hard edge and raw emotion. The rest of the album has too much depth and complexity, both musically and lyrically, to be classified as a sub-genre of grunge music. Although the album contained some raunchy sounds, it maintained a spiritual aura from start to finish. In a year when bands like Pearl Jam and The Spin Doctors dominated the scene, Depeche Mode held themselves to a higher standard and forged a completely different sound.
Also somewhat of a misconception was that Depeche Mode abandoned their roots on this album. It was a departure in the sense that live drums and more guitars were incorporated into the music, but SOFAD was still part of the band's evolutionary process. Martin Gore had actually started sneaking guitars into the mix on Music For The Masses, with the guitar work becoming more pronounced on Violater. SOFAD became a bigger outlet for this side of the band. Also, the album elaborated on typical Depeche Mode themes. Lyrically speaking, it's arguably Martin Gore's most inspired songwriting.
I consider SOFAD to be my favorite DM album. That's a strong statement coming from someone who loves everything from Speak & Spell onwards. Unfortunately, SOFAD wasn't well received by the general public and many DM fans alike. Martin Gore stated at the time of its release that they wanted to challenge their listeners. It's not the kind of album everyone's supposed to like (DM fans included), but most people weren't up to the challenge.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An epic and innovative album from an unlikely source August 12, 2005
By C.F.
Format:Audio CD
When Depeche Mode's 1993 album "Songs of Faith and Devotion" begins with screaching vinyl scratches of its opener and first single, "I Feel You", it becomes clear that there will be no room for enjoying the silence on this record.

When the album hit, dedicated fans of the group's earlier releases were shocked by the band's new harder, alternative rock sound, a far departure from the days of "People Are People". The thing is they made the mistake of misjudging the album for something that is not, and that is a standard rock record.

Even the band's most fierce song, "I Feel You", is layered with lots of synths, from the processed distorted blues guitar riff, to the digitally effected live drums, to the trademark Depeche Mode atmospheric synth lines.

But this album, much like most other Depeche releases, does not rely on a few singles, but is best heard in album form. When given a full listening, "Songs Of Faith and Devotion" (SOFAD) is arguably Depeche Mode's most challenging and powerful album.

From the crying gospel of "Condemnation" to the somber ballad "Judas", the album tackles faith and devotion as relating to humanity, as opposed to religiously.

One of the album's biggest strengths is the larger contribution from each member; Martin L. Gore's writing is more refined, Alan Wilder's arrangements are borderline perfection, and Dave Gahan's vocals are his best and most organic. He really lets loose on tracks like the bouncy rocker "Mercy In You" and the epic "Higher Love".

Epic is a word often used (especially in this review) to describe this album, and it is because the sounds are so powerful that this might even be thought of as a sonic concept album, as the mood and pacing are so well synched.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Incredible Effort .... May 16, 2006
Format:Audio CD
While this is The Album that pushed DM (and Alan Wilder) over the emotional edge, the tension certainly wasn't put to waste. I truly hated this album upon first hearing. After riding the sweet aural waves of "Black Celebration", "Music For The Masses" and "Violator", nothing could be farther from that bliss than "SOFAD". I did find, however, that as I matured, so did my taste for the subject matter on this album. The lyrics are from the heart. The production and sounds are rich & layered. Gahan's vocals have true grit, hardship & pain. You simply cannot fake this. Put your headphones on and listen to this album in it's entirety. You'll likely hear something different every time you do. 13 years later and I'm still discovering the intricacies of this great album.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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What does it take to followup an album considered, by many, to be the ultimate work of one's career and still be able to outdo it? Bands have been trying to answer that question successfully since practically the beginning. After having one of the biggest and best experiences of their lives with 1990s Violator, Depeche Mode were asking themselves that very same question. The last thing they wanted to do was repeat themselves and make Violator II. But the daunting task of coming up with their-then next album would end up taking its toll almost to the point of complete annihilation.

The compared studio working atmosphere between making Violator and making Songs Of Faith And Devotion was as different as night and day. On Violator, everything that could go right, did. Even ideas or insights that were initially discouraged were done so in a positive way. The band were a full-fledged unit, working together creatively and collectively, and it was a great time to be had by all. Working on Songs Of Faith And Devotion, on the other hand, was a complete and utter nightmare. The constant arguments and disagreements over everything and anything. The psychological breakdowns into severe depression and self medications. The once united bandmates were now single entities, working on their own, unable to reach that common ground they had found so easily only a few years earlier. This was Depeche Mode at their very darkest.

And yet through all the pain, agony and hardship, an album, that seemed destined for massive destruction, emerged from the depths of despair, that many, including the band themselves, consider one of their best works.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs of Fantastic Engineered Quality & Composition
One album that grows on you . Superb compositions and very will engineered tracks. I love the unique sounds in this album. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Meghraj
5.0 out of 5 stars the best
IMHO, the best album
Published 1 month ago by Alla Loboda
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent!!
Published 2 months ago by Ernesto I. Arechavala
5.0 out of 5 stars The Aptly Titled 'Songs of Faith and Devotion'
​This Depeche Mode album, released in 1993 just before the band embarked on a massive, 18-month world tour, is the height of the band's creative output. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Troy Blackford
5.0 out of 5 stars One of DM's best albums
This is one of the bands best albums, but I only wish the CD itself had all of the extra tracks that were issued with the 2006 remaster. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sebastian Scholl
5.0 out of 5 stars A great artistic achievement.
A few things had changed in the music industry since Depeche Mode released their hugely commercial successful album Violator in 1990. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars What else ??
Very good really , mastering soundtrack is very good and the cover also ,i waiting the rest to my shipement
Published 6 months ago by Mr. Manssouri Brahim
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sound quality
This is one of my favourite records along with Violator and it feels great to own its 180g vinyl version.
Just get it.
Published 6 months ago by Endorser
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excelent
Published 7 months ago by De Guimaraes Miguel Angel
3.0 out of 5 stars The Music Speaks For Itself But I'm Rating the Vinyl
This is classic Depeche Mode and it's amazing! What I want to talk about here is the rerelease on vinyl. I have to say that the 2006 remastering of the music is second to none. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Meblkbear35
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is this the deluxe release?
Yup. Three more coming out on Oct. 3, same CD/DVD combo as the first batch. Can't top Violator... but then what could?
Sep 26, 2006 by CC |  See all 2 posts
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