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Throughout the ‘80s, Depeche Mode went from being excited outside agitators creating unusual snythesizer-driven music to the standard-bearers of the new sound sweeping dance clubs and concert arenas. The group’s 1987 album Music for the Masses is less a boast than an admission of just how far its unconventional sound had infiltrated the mainstream. After the early departure of Vince Clarke to Yaz and Erasure, Martin Gore assumed songwriting duties and crafted his own doom-laden visions of the future for singer David Gahan to render with strong, defiant emotion. The pure pop of “Strangelove” and the noir-groove of “Behind the Wheel” exhibit the band’s powerful keyboard-fueled wall of sound while “Never Let Me Down Again,” “The Things You Said,” “Nothing,” and “I Want You Now” evoke the quiet misery once envisioned by the existential coldness of Joy Division. The re-mastered edition includes several b-sides as bonus cuts. The cover of the rock classic “Route 66” is neatly reformulated as a synth attack that sounds like the Jesus and Mary Chain without the guitars.

Customer Reviews

Strange that I am only the 2nd person to actually review this Masterpiece!

Music for the Masses kind of brought Depeche Mode out of the background and into the mainstream in America! Strangelove is my favorite DM song to this day! NLMDA, TTYS really start the album off with a bang! Little 15, BTW, IWYN all have sexual desire as a focal point. This album saw the tour that ended with 70,000 people at the Pasadena Rose Bowl. Ask yourself, what bands can sell that many tickets??? Not many! These guys are great, and this is one of their best pieces of work....

I remember when this was on cassette!

I remember when I bought this back in 1987. Depeche Mode was ahead of their time when it came to music. This album brings back some serious memories good and bad but I'm glad I bought it again. One of my favorites.


For an album like this, which utterly cannot be called anything less than genius, the lack of attention it's getting is staggering. I, for one, hold this to be among Depeche Mode's greatest albums, if not the best. Not a single song I don't enjoy, and I can't say that about many albums. The textures of sound that are laden across every track mesmerize you to a hallucinagenic trance of sorts. Depeche Mode continue to amaze and inspire other similar bands like them to no end, and this album right here is proof of just that. The entire thing is rich with such emotion and fascination, you can't help but to sit back in a dark room, eyes closed, head leaned back on your seat, blocking all else out while you let the magnificent soundscapes penetrate your senses–the way the album was meant to be heard. Then, once it ends, you emerge from your trance only to feel as though you've just come out of some sort of sterilization to discover that the world you thought you knew will never be the same to you again. There are a million different ways you could view this piece of masterwork as a whole, but I think the best way is simply to take my advice and purchase it; whether you think you know what good music is, or whether you have doubts, or whether you have no taste; this will fill your musical gap instantaneously.


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 electro pop 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,...
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