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Policy of Truth - EP

Depeche Mode

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Album Review

Perhaps one of the best Motown tributes ever done, "Policy of Truth" finds Depeche Mode embracing the same sort of late-'60s slow groove that made songs like "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" such a winner, only retooled to the band's own ends. With a sharp, stabbing beat leading the way, David Gahan's delivery of a sharp Martin Gore lyric of emotional betrayal is accompanied by deep, funky synth bass, subtle guitars, and mysterious drones and horn section-styled keyboard backing. With a chorus featuring a wheezing, aggro harmonica sound, and concluding with simple but effective roars of feedback rising through the mix, it's another monster from Violator. Besides the slightly re-jigged single mix, featuring a different intro and one or two slight changes from the album version, this EP includes three other mixes. François Kevorkian, who handled similar jobs for the Personal Jesus and Enjoy the Silence EPs, once again steps to the fore with two of said mixes. The "Capitol" mix picks up on the overt soul/funk groove of the song to play around more with similar beats as well as some classic disco action for the synth era, not to mention a playful sample here and there. The most surprising mix is at the end — the "Trancentral" version, done by none other than legendary U.K. chart/dance jokers the KLF. There's none of that band's trademark humor at play, but it's still a good, straight-ahead remodeling. The one original track here is the instrumental, "Kaleid," originally released as a free cassette gift to disappointed L.A. fans when a record-store signing session turned into a riot due to overcrowding. The version here is a remix of that version — while not deathless, it's a different number from the band's usual instrumental work in that it's a full-on dance piece, definitely inspired by the early-'90s techno scene and its trademark abbreviated riffs.

Customer Reviews

Policy of Truth

As usual, amazing vocals... being one of the first songs to depcit Mode's "dark" side (and especially for 99 cents) this one is worth having in your collection!

brilliant

this is an absolute must have for any hardcore Depeche Mode fan or Depeche "newbie". If you have any doubts as to just what an unbelievably gifted songwriter Martin Gore is, just listen to the guitar riff in this cut. All of these remixes are great, but i prefer the beat box because it accentuates the guitar. Just buy it, ok?

Great songs, even with mislabeling

Policy of Truth is, in my opinion, one of the best songs Depeche Mode ever recorded. All the tracks on this EP are great, but note: the "Trancentral Mix" here isn't that mix, but Pavlov's dub--according to the band's website, this error has been there since the single was first released in the States. The Trancentral Mix is available on the Singles box 5 compilation on iTunes. Either way, they're both great mixes of an excellent track.

Biography

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...
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