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2012 collaboration between Electronic music pioneers Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Erasure) and Martin Gore (Depeche Mode), the first time the two have worked together since Clarke left Depeche Mode in 1981. VCMG is the fruit of initially tentative discussion and subsequent enthused collaboration where Vince and Martin, both influential as pioneers in electronic music, get to exercise their lifelong love of the genre as the Techno inspired VCMG. The writing and recording of the album was done in a typically unique way with the pair working alone in their respective studios, communicating only via email, exchanging files until the album was ready.
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  • Audio CD (March 13, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B0072X2NUS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Marblehead VINE VOICE on March 13, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Surely the first thing to come out of the mouths of Depeche Mode and Erasure fans when they heard that Vince Clarke and Martin Gore were working together for the first time in 30 years was "it's about time!!". We can all imagine what this album might sound like without even hearing it as 30 years is a quite stretch to make one comfortable with a band's catalog of music. We picture Clarke's signature keyboard melodies accompanied by Gore's meandering moody synths coming together to form a euphoric dance floor experience. For the most part, that's exactly what this album sounds like. Coldly funky, warmly mechanized, and irresistibly catchy, "SSSS" is in many ways the album we expect from Clarke and Gore to produce without losing a touch of creditability in regard to their respective bands.

Four beats to the floor represents the order of the day on "SSSS" with its unwavering dedication to making the club floors shake via drums and groove. The album stands stark in comparison to most Erasure albums, but Clarke's synth work is apparent on opening track "Lowly" with its retro-sounding break and repetitive nodules forming to induce a driving club track. Gore's influence seems to take a back seat on this song until the closing minute when a wave of darkwave atmospherics cloud the proceedings in a menacingly welcome way; a nice start to any album.

"Zaat" follows, and reminds the listener of Depeche's constant forays into glam stomp goodness with its crunchy synth work and slamming bass drum. It would appear this is Gore's moment, inviting memories of "A Pain That I'm Used To" into the mix, and remaining all the more compelling for it.

"Windup Robot" similarly follows this path, and emerges as a contender for the "most appropriate song title of the year" award.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Carvey on April 18, 2013
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I love the simplicity and "retro" playfulness of this material from Vince and Martin; you get the impression that this was simply fun for the boys, and perhaps can be better understood that way -- I read and understand some of the more disappointed reviews, but when I listened (the second time through) with the approach that this was less ground-breaking, and more willfully sly smiling, it starts to click into place, and I totally enjoy listening to these tracks. Due to the analog sound (though I'm not sure if all these sounds were created with analog synths, or if they were simply emulated), I do see little "references" to other inovators -- there's a bit of Giorgio Moroder sprinkled in, a flavor of early-80's Tangerine Dream (here and there), some mile-markers to very early 90's techno (early Autechre, maybe?). Again, it's nice to have these two "playing nice" with each other, after so many years, and in such a unique way (not actually working face-to-face, such as how Dead Can Dance used to work, etc.). Taken lightly, you'll find that this can be an enjoyable morning listen.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By stutron on March 25, 2012
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This album was released with little fanfare considering who its two members are and the fact that it is a reunion of sorts. Martin Gore, the engine beyond Depeche Mode and Vince Clarke, the brains behind Yaz, Erasure and Depeche Mode (before Gore took the reins) have released a really, really good electronic dance music album but don't expect it to sound anything like a Depeche Mode or Erasure album. Once you move past what you expect the music to sound like and just accept the music on its terms, you will be deeply rewarded. On first listen, it sounds like your typical techno/EDM track but repeated listens give way to why these two are masters at crafting songs. EDM usually is about repetitiveness, but why this music grows on you is the way they slowly introduce new ideas to each song and musically take you on a journey through each track.

You're just going to have to wait for the next Depeche or Erasure album to get your fix but in the meantime, this is a wonderful diversion for your late night dance party, morning commute or while reading your newspaper with a good cup of coffee.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Alfaro on March 14, 2012
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Dorothy and/or Toto, I definitely believe we are no longer in Démodé World, Yazoo Town, Assembly City, Erasureville, nor in The West India Company!

Where Mr. Vincent John Martin, affectionetly known as Mr. Vince Clarke and Mr. Martin Lee Gore take us we don't need any other instruments or items, just take yourself and prepare for an out-of-body experience...Please don't forget your ears!

Before I enter into my opinionated rant I would like to explain that I felt that each individual song needed to be critiqued on its own recognizance....So here goes!

Lowly - A very nice and catchy tune to introduce the album, which gives it a feeling as if the listener is in for an adventure of adventures....I felt as if I was going to watch a sci-fi movie or a mixture of Indiana Jones meets Mission Impossible meets Tim Burton meets Stanley Kubrick in a Hip-Hop Techno World.

Zaat - Second Song, Second Scene, Second Chapter. The song seems to want to be stuck in this repetitive mind-bending vortex until it kicks into second gear at the 1:30 mark and third gear at 2:00. I felt as if I was driving down a street in a rather large manual transmission car in mid-day traffic where the person goes from 1st gear, 2nd gear, 3rd gear and then stop to return to 1st gear and goes through the process again. Not until the 4:18 mark does the song go into a high gear clear road process and moves into the sunset.

Spock - Picking up from where Zaat left off, I guess the sunset was not our next destination...Space - This song has a space feel as if the listener is traveling freely through a black hole where it's safe but at the same one doesn't know what is around the corner. I felt as if I was being treated to an introduction to space by none-other than Mr.
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1 Lowly
2 Zaat
3 Spock
4 Windup Robot
5 Bendy Bass
6 Single Blip
7 Aftermaths
8 Aftermaths
9 Recycle
10 Flux

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