17 Songs, 1 Hour 17 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
98 Ratings
98 Ratings
glitzymama ,

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.

ilikesynthpop ,

Flawless

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.

Mr. Drinks ,

The FIRST great DEPECHE MODE album

This is the first truly GREAT Depeche album. “Construction Time Again” had flashes of their potential, “Broken Frame” had no identity and Gore was still learning his trade, and “Speak and Spell” while a fantastic album and time capsule of the era, is mostly a Vince Clarke album.

“Some Great Reward” is fantastic from start to finish. It established Depeche Mode as the new standard in electronic music, and began their ascent into becoming one of the greatest bands of all-time. Dave Gahan’s voice is beautiful. Martin Gore finally emerges as one of the generations’s best songwriters, and Alan Wilder takes the group, musically, to a whole other level. "Something to Do” has an urgency that grabs you right from the get go, while “People are People” and "Master and Servant” pound you. And just when you think you can’t take it anymore, Martin Gore’s anti-ballads “Somebody” and “It Doesn’t Matter” lull you into submission. Even “Lie to Me” and Alan Wilder’s last foray into songwriting, “If You Want” are thoroughly enjoyable. An essential album for any Depeche devotee.

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