Depeche Mode became superstars in the US with this at times very enjoyable album. Once you get past David Gahan's tuneless singing (which I have come to recognize as an unlikely asset), there are a few great songs on this album. The epic sounding "Never Let Me Down Again" opens things auspiciously (ignore the facile lyrics). "Behind the Wheel" is another winner, with a driving, relentless beat and appropriate monotone talk-singing. The melodic "Nothing" is backed by a pessimistic but ultimately satisfyingly message. The problem is that there's also a bunch of crap (notably the dumb attempt to fuse religion and lust found in the lyrics to "Sacred," the bizarre and frustratingly directionless (not to mention stupidly titled) "Pimpf," and the half assed "To Have and to Hold"). The ominous added "bonus" tracks at the end of the cassette/CD don't help matters either (with the exception of the light and bouncy gem, "Pleasure, Little Treasure"). The highlights from this album can be found on The Singles 86>98, making its importance questionable (although the mix of "Behind the Wheel" found here is much better than the hip-hop influenced version on The Singles).