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Media Type: CD
Artist: DEPECHE MODE
Title: MUSIC FOR THE MASSES
Street Release Date: 01/01/1987
Top Customer Reviews
The sound mix is great, as is the documentary, but you really should approach this reissue as something to complement one of your favorite albums, not as a replacement for it.
NEVER LET ME DOWN AGAIN-Who can ever forget the danceable "Never Let Me Down Again" with it's bizarre instrumentation, metallic beats, buzzy synthesizers, harsh piano licks and stabbing sonics towards the ending. I would say that it's the most schizophrenic tracks on the CD. The loud melody would portray the sunny daytime feel, but the eerieness gives the 'sunny mood' an unpleasant feel like something is not right. As the song climaxes with the orchestral band in the background before gradually fading into a dreamy, hissing steam pipe sound effects which bring us into the dreamy haze of the next track. This is an unforgettable classic from an unforgettable band.
THE THINGS YOU SAID-This song is much darker, and more mellow and portrays a very dreamy haze of the monotony of the same old things over & over in adolescence and also the admitting of ones weakness and not keeping secrets. Musically speaking, the music itself perfectly fits the meaning. I just love it's dark, dreamy, grey, hazy atmosphere. No idea why this wasn't made a single. :/ It's one of my favorites.
STRANGELOVE: Who can ever forget this track. Strangelove is one of the most danceable track on the LP. However, where the version played on the radio has the thumping, bass-heavy beat, the version the parent album has a much lighter beat, but it doesn't rob the song of it's power.Read more ›
-"Never Let Me Down Again": a brilliant opener with a pulsating rhythm and a great buildup to a fade out of echoing synth riffs and harmony vocals. An acoustic cover was done by Smashing Pumpkins for the "For the Masses" tribute album.
-"The Things You Said": this is arguably my favorite song on the album. An airy ambient minimalist song, with a great gothic bassline.
-"Strangelove": the single mix was far more upbeat, but this version certainly fits within the ambient context of the rest of the album. Great lyrics that would seem to suggest bondage, but still subtle enough to make the listener get up and dance.
-"Sacred": my least favorite song on the album, to me there is nothing special about it. This is the one song the album could have done without, though the intro sample of vocal choirs buried in the mix is pretty cool.
-"Little 15": why this song was released as a single ONLY in France, I don't know, but it is a great song. Lyrically not unlike "A Question of Time" from "Black Celebration," but again, far more subtle and more provocative. Beautiful.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
2nd most favourite album, after Black Celebration, which Amazon ran out.Published 21 days ago by robin foo
I had to purchase the cd version because I wore my cassette tape of this album out years ago. It's essential Depeche Mode!Published 5 months ago by musicmuse
This review is for the "regular" Music for the Masses disc. The one they originally issued and wasn't reissued with a tweak here and there and drop of a song or... Read morePublished 15 months ago by By CJs Pirate