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DM Continures to evolve
on June 17, 2001
As with most of DM's work, you definitely won't hear much of "Exciter" on mainstream radio. Musically, DM gets deeper into its own style while lyrically making a dissertation of the emotion love. "Exciter" is an evolving story from the first track to the last.
Just like the "Black Celebration" album was an evolution from darkness to light, "Exciter's" lyrics start with a yearning for love and flesh in an adolescent fashion and evolve into a deeper understanding of the emotion. It's impressive how each track brings into focus a single chapter of the larger story, yet no two are alike.
The sound is unmistakably DM, but like any band that has been around for more than a few albums, their style evolves and matures from the unique sound that made them famous into something far more sophisticated and even cerebral. Only 2 tracks in Exciter are fast tempo, but none are really slow enough to be called ballads. "I Feel Loved" (track 9) is a candidate for your local club, but it's the only track of that genre. The production in the whole album is crisp and dynamic, which is surprising given the depth and richness of the bass. They've finally discovered the bass drum!!! Yeah, okay, so I like it.
A must for any DM fan. Expect a bit of a "Violator" vibe, while musically it is completely original from anything you've heard by DM - which is the idea when you put out a new album. They nailed this one.