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Some Great Reward was a tight, polished, and well-planned effort that left little confusion about the true potential of Depeche Mode. After pulling themselves in different directions on A Broken Frame, where you could feel the band trying to set themselves apart from the New Orders and Soft Cells of the world, Some Great Reward hit the US charts in a big way, cracking the Billboard Top 50 with two tracks. "Master and Servant" was not only brazenly subversive in its topic matter, but also served as one of the stronger examples of the band using unadulterated industrial sounds in a pop format. (Of course, the titillating whip-like effects probably didn't hurt.) Balancing out the dark side of "Master and Servant" was the life-affirming, bouncy "People are People," a call for everyone to just get along. "Something to Do" was another light, bubbling track juxtaposed against fairly dark subject matter; the sensual and pleading "Lie to Me" was one to drive the girls crazy; and the faith-questioning "Blasphemous Rumours" (covered by a number of artists later) was released as a third single. New fans found the accessible sound and David Gahan's improved, more confident vocals appealing.

Customer Reviews

the one that got me hooked!

I bought this as a cassette tape and played it over and over and over. A must for any DM fan. This is the one that made them my favorite group of all.


This is Depeche Mode's best album of the early years( 80-84). Every track is great and vaulted the band from new-wave/synthpop to innovators with heart and soul.

One of the best Mode albums.

I love the remastered series, but have noticed that the video documentaries that are included when you buy the CD are no longer included when you buy them from iTunes? Overall, the sound quality is top notch. Definitely worth buying if you like this period of DM's music.


Formed: 1980 in Basildon, Essex, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Originally a product of Britain's new romantic movement, Depeche Mode went on to become the quintessential electropop band of the 1980s. One of the first acts to establish a musical identity based completely around the use of synthesizers, they began their existence as a bouncy dance-pop outfit but gradually developed a darker, more dramatic sound that ultimately positioned them as one of the most successful alternative bands of their era. The roots of Depeche Mode date to 1976, when Basildon, England-based...
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