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Broken Frame

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Deluxe reissue with CD + DVD which includes 5.1 surround mixes.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Leave In Silence
  2. My Secret Garden
  3. Monument
  4. Nothing To Fear
  5. See You
  6. Satellite
  7. The Meaning Of Love
  8. A Photograph Of You
  9. Shouldn't Have Done That
  10. The Sun And The Rainfall


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 3, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000HIVQ8U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
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As most people know, A Broken Frame is Depeche Mode's second release, the first after the departure of original member Vince Clarke (who went on to form Yaz -- Yazoo in the U.K. -- with Alison Moyet). Being the songwriter for Speak and Spell left a massive void to fill. Martin Gore took over songwriting duties for this album, and would continue to write the vast majority of Depeche Mode tunes even up to this day.

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.
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The range of reactions to "A Broken Frame" is both interesting and enlightening. Those who sniff at its "primitive technology" are failing to see the album in the context of its time. It's hardly surprising that the folks who love "Violator" and "Songs of Faith and Devotion" don't particularly care for "A Broken Frame"; Depeche Mode was a different (and, IMHO, a better) band at the time. It could certainly be said that the album is uneven, but the inventiveness of the stuff and the superior emotional content are undeniable. Gore's themes, lyrics, and melodies are brilliant, and Gahan's voice is just finding itself, becoming that uniquely dark and effective instrument of goth-industrial sound.I love the stark alienation of "Leave in Silence," "Satellite," and "Shouldn't Have Done That." The sense of longing and loss in "See You" makes the heart ache. The peppy pop of "The Meaning of Love" and "A Photograph of You" are simply fun. And "The Sun and the Rainfall" is DM at its best: simple, brooding, heartfelt, and beautiful. I always think of it as a pre-cursor to "Shake the Disease".The DM of the 80's was a different beast altogether from what it eventually became. Back then the boys weren't afraid to dig into painful emotions, however awkwardly. "A Broken Frame" was a strong building block on the way to their peak with "Some Great Reward" and "Black Celebration." From there, it's really been mostly downhill. If you love "Enjoy the Silence" but were disappointed with the rest of "Violator", check out "A Broken Frame"; you won't be disappointed.
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Yeah this is probably not one of Depeche Mode's greatest albums. Some of the songs are a bit patchy and the lyrics are definitely ropey but it has something that some people tend to forget in albums - charm! It's thoroughly modest and they're not trying to be anything other than themselves. True, the cover of this album does gives a mysterious edge to it - and certainly for a pop band it does seem markedly different from anything else. But Monument, My Secret Garden, Leave In Silence and even Sattelite have something about them that seem oddly addictive.

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
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I won't go song by song...That's done so often! I bought this album recently, but I've been a DM fan since the late 80s. My all time fave track on this one??? Leave in silence. This track is without a doubt, pointing to what will come with Violator. In fact, I had a cassette tape (remember those??) with all the Violator songs AND Leave in Silence on it and it fit right in. At the time, I didn't realize that they didn't belong together, since I had not yet acquired Violator. It is a bit simpler, but the artistry in this one song far exceeds the rest of the album. I have read reviews where people have complained about the tracks on this album. I simply can't agree. Keeping in mind that this was a transitional album, the loss of Vince Clarke, and Martin Gore's first stab at writing an entire album, I am of the opinion that it is a fantastic achievement. Even though these songs lack the complexity of the band's later work, they still have appeal for me. Moreover, at the time, 1982, this sound was utterly new and unexplored. Depeche Mode were innovators from the very beginning, improving with every attempt. What is amazing is that this is only their second! The songs are catchy and the lyrics still speak to me. This is something Depeche Mode has always been capable of doing, speaking directly to my soul. As far as the Collector's Edition, I really enjoyed watching the video with all the interviews. A little piece of DM history shared by those who lived it or were there. I highly recommend it.
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