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The title track sets the tone for the album very effectively, using a thick layer of menacing bass under twinkling melodic keynotes. "Black Celebration" is not quite as dark as most of the other songs on this album; but maybe it's really just that it is a declaration of the need to hang onto whatever happiness we can in the face of all-encompassing misery. A perfect opening to a near-perfect album.
The eerie underlying synth of the first track evolves into the backdrop for the second: "Fly on the Windscreen." This is DM at their gloomiest; a pummeling bass underpins the need for human contact as a reminder that there is such a thing as life.
"A Question of Lust" begins a hat trick of delicate songs sung by Martin Gore. It's an earnest, airy tale of the needless suspicion of jealousy in a relationship that probably won't last. A shimmering, sad ballad in an album of despair, yet a nice bounce-back from "Windscreen."
"Sometimes," the next song, is I believe very underrated -- I've seen someone deride it as an ersatz "Somebody," which is really not at all accurate. It employs only Martin's voice, echoed in a strange fashion, over a lazy, very pretty piano piece.Read more ›
Following the moderate success of the highly innovative and experimental 'Construction Time Again' in 1983 and then a more resounding achievement, both in terms of the critical acclaim and subsequent tour which followed 1984's 'Some Great Reward', the time had come once again ("Get out the crane...") for the Basildon four to push the creative envelope further still and reach deeper yet, in efforts to broaden their burgeoning, worldwide fan base. In essence, it was time the world took notice of Depeche Mode and the band was ready ready to be taken seriously as a major and credible all electronic act. Who could have ever imagined an album which featured nothing in the vein of 'radio friendly' singles and lyrics which reflected on the darker nature of "The world we live and life in general", would aid in ascending the band to such stellar heights?
'Black Celebration', a dark, moody, sonic epitome of what the band was all about in terms of sound, word, voice and overall aesthetic, saw the creation of what I lovingly refer to as Depeche Mode's own personal, exclusively electronic sister to 'Dark Side of the Moon.' Indeed, the prodcution values and themes present on this 5th studio album were richer, more densely layered and contained combined elements which would demand the band be regarded as a musical force to be reckoned with by fans and critics alike and also as harbingers of a new era in electronic music.Read more ›
BLACK CELEBRATION: The dark and nihilistic ride begins with the opening title track, which I must say, is the best opening song of any of Depeche Mode's albums. It starts with a somewhat scary voice effects backed by an ominous droning minor note key, then robotic voice effects come in and then a ticking keyboard effect comes in before becoming a dark, intense, and ominous industrial number that I think is one of the ancestors of the industrial dance revolution that began to take shape a few years after this CD was released. The beats eventually stop and the song goes full circle returning into the ominous minor note key and transitioning into the next song.
FLY ON THE WINDSCREEN: This is a reworking of the closing track on the "Catching Up With Depeche Mode" compilation. I personally love the 1986 version on this album better. It starts with the droning minor note of the previous track melting into a new melody and becoming a dark, often scary New Wave industrial song with a futuristic feel to it and dark and sinister lyrics to back up the songs ominous tone.Read more ›
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I hadn't heard this album in a few decades and was pleasantly surprised that it holds up as well as it does.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
This product is made very poorly. I am not going to blame Amazon on this one. I have already had Amazon replace it once, and it still skips in all the same places, and in fact it... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Adam M. Wilcox
This MP3 Download Of This Album Is Not Meant To Play As An Album From Track One To The End Of The Last Track. It Has Been Cut Up To Sell And Play As Individual Single Tracks. Read morePublished 19 days ago by VPS
Static in the first song is annoying since is one of the best songs. Sometimes the record skips and came a little warped, no big deal, great record.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Kudos for recreating the embossed cover of the original . . . many re-releases skip that detail. Unfortunately, they kinda left out one crucial item. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joseph Kinney
I love this album. This is, in my opinion, Depeche Mode's best. It is melodic, somewhat dark and haunting. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ali
All time favorite 80s British pop-rock album... goes back to the Goth crazePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer