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After several years distilling their sound solely around newly engineered synthesizers, Depeche Mode released several singles and a debut album, 1981’s Speak & Spell, that virtually defined a new genre of dance pop. Leader Vince Clarke’s indelible melodies on obvious highlights such as “New Life,” “Puppets,” “Dreaming of Me” and “Just Can’t Get Enough” established Depeche Mode as one of the most refreshing new bands to emerge from what was then considered Britain’s “New Romantic” movement. Clarke would subsequently leave the group to form Yazoo (known as Yaz in the U.S.) and later Erasure. However, the seeds of his creativity inspired the rest of the band to solider on. Decades later, much of Speak & Spell sounds like conventional wisdom, its telltale keyboard lines and punchy rhythms the obvious mix of Kraftwerk and Human League; however, this is further proof of the band’s lasting impact, as Speak & Spell was a daring, new sound when it first hit the music industry. The expanded version includes several exciting mixes, including the “Schizo” mix of the definitive hit “Just Can’t Get Enough” and the b-side, the darker, mature “Ice Machine.”

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5 stars for the music. 3 stars for no interactive booklet as the title states.

Good beats

If your a fan of music in general i'de recommend all of DM's music. Great album

A good start

The primitive but promising debut for DM is quirky, immature and a bit repetitive...but, then again, so was all other circa '81 synth pop (Kraftwerk, etc.). Nonetheless, most long time fans of the band agree: this was a pretty good start for the lads from Basildon.


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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