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Violator (2006 Remaster)

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In a word, stunning. Perhaps an odd word to use given that Violator continued in the general vein of the previous two studio efforts by Depeche Mode: Martin Gore's upfront lyrical emotional extremism and knack for a catchy hook filtered through Alan Wilder's ear for perfect arrangements, ably assisted by top English producer Flood. Yet the idea that this record would both dominate worldwide charts, while song for song being simply the best, most consistent effort yet from the band could only have been the wildest fantasy before its release. The opening two singles from the album, however, signaled something was up. First was "Personal Jesus," at once perversely simplistic, with a stiff, arcane funk/hip-hop beat and basic blues guitar chords, and tremendous, thanks to sharp production touches and David Gahan's echoed, snaky vocals. Then "Enjoy the Silence," a nothing-else-remains-but-us ballad pumped up into a huge, dramatic romance/dance number, commanding in its mock orchestral/choir scope. Follow-up single "Policy of Truth" did just fine as well, a low-key Motown funk number for the modern day with a sharp love/hate lyric to boot. To top it all off, the album itself scored on song after song, from the shuffling beat of "Sweetest Perfection" (well sung by Gore) and the ethereal "Waiting for the Night" to the guilt-ridden-and-loving-it "Halo" building into a string-swept pounder. "Clean" wraps up Violator on an eerie note, all ominous bass notes and odd atmospherics carrying the song. Goth without ever being stupidly hammy, synth without sounding like the clinical stereotype of synth music, rock without ever sounding like a "rock" band, Depeche here reach astounding heights indeed.
© Ned Raggett /TiVo

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1
World in My Eyes 2006 Remaster
00:04:27

Mark Flannery, Assistant Engineer - Dave Gahan, Producer, Vocals - Martin Gore, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer - Goh Hotoda, Engineer - Andy Fletcher, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards - Alan Wilder, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Piano - Steve Lyon, Engineer - Depeche Mode, MainArtist - Peter Iversen, Engineer - DENNIS MITCHELL, Engineer - Alan Gregorie, Engineer - Dick Meaney, Assistant Engineer - Phil Legg, Engineer - Pino Pischetola, Engineer - Daryl Bamonte, Assistant Engineer - David Browne, Assistant Engineer

© 2006 Sire Records. All rights reserved. Manufactured & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ Digital Remaster (P) 2006 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Depeche Mode under exclusive licence to Mute Records Ltd

2
Sweetest Perfection 2006 Remaster
00:04:42

Mark Flannery, Assistant Engineer - Dave Gahan, Producer, Vocals - Martin Gore, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer - Goh Hotoda, Engineer - Andy Fletcher, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards - Alan Wilder, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Piano - Steve Lyon, Engineer - Depeche Mode, MainArtist - Peter Iversen, Engineer - DENNIS MITCHELL, Engineer - Alan Gregorie, Engineer - Dick Meaney, Assistant Engineer - Phil Legg, Engineer - Pino Pischetola, Engineer - Daryl Bamonte, Assistant Engineer - David Browne, Assistant Engineer

© 2006 Sire Records. All rights reserved. Manufactured & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ Digital Remaster (P) 2006 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Depeche Mode under exclusive licence to Mute Records Ltd

3
Personal Jesus 2006 Remaster
00:04:54

Mark Flannery, Assistant Engineer - Dave Gahan, Producer, Vocals - Martin Gore, Producer, Band Member, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer - Flood, Producer - Goh Hotoda, Engineer - Andy Fletcher, Producer, Band Member, Bass Guitar, Keyboards - Alan Wilder, Producer, Band Member, Drums, Keyboards, Piano - Steve Lyon, Engineer - Depeche Mode, Producer, MainArtist - Peter Iversen, Engineer - DENNIS MITCHELL, Engineer - Alan Gregorie, Engineer - Dick Meaney, Assistant Engineer - Phil Legg, Engineer - Pino Pischetola, Engineer - Daryl Bamonte, Assistant Engineer - David Gahan, Vocals - David Browne, Assistant Engineer

© 2006 Sire Records. All rights reserved. Manufactured & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1990 Sire Records

4
Halo 2006 Remaster
00:04:28

Mark Flannery, Assistant Engineer - Dave Gahan, Producer, Vocals - Martin Gore, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer - Goh Hotoda, Engineer - Andy Fletcher, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards - Alan Wilder, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Piano - Steve Lyon, Engineer - Depeche Mode, MainArtist - Peter Iversen, Engineer - DENNIS MITCHELL, Engineer - Alan Gregorie, Engineer - Dick Meaney, Assistant Engineer - Phil Legg, Engineer - Pino Pischetola, Engineer - Daryl Bamonte, Assistant Engineer - David Browne, Assistant Engineer

© 2006 Sire Records. All rights reserved. Manufactured & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ Digital Remaster (P) 2006 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Depeche Mode under exclusive licence to Mute Records Ltd

5
Waiting for the Night 2006 Remaster
00:06:07

Mark Flannery, Assistant Engineer - Dave Gahan, Producer, Vocals - Martin Gore, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer - Goh Hotoda, Engineer - Andy Fletcher, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards - Alan Wilder, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Piano - Steve Lyon, Engineer - Depeche Mode, MainArtist - Peter Iversen, Engineer - DENNIS MITCHELL, Engineer - Alan Gregorie, Engineer - Dick Meaney, Assistant Engineer - Phil Legg, Engineer - Pino Pischetola, Engineer - Daryl Bamonte, Assistant Engineer - David Browne, Assistant Engineer

© 2006 Sire Records. All rights reserved. Manufactured & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ Digital Remaster (P) 2006 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Depeche Mode under exclusive licence to Mute Records Ltd

6
Enjoy the Silence 2006 Remaster
00:06:12

Mark Flannery, Assistant Engineer - Dave Gahan, Producer, Vocals - Martin Gore, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer - Martin L. Gore, Composer - Goh Hotoda, Engineer - Andy Fletcher, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards - Alan Wilder, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Piano - Steve Lyon, Engineer - Depeche Mode, MainArtist - Martin Lee Gore, Composer - Peter Iversen, Engineer - DENNIS MITCHELL, Engineer - Alan Gregorie, Engineer - Dick Meaney, Assistant Engineer - Phil Legg, Engineer - Pino Pischetola, Engineer - Daryl Bamonte, Assistant Engineer - David Browne, Assistant Engineer

© 2006 Sire Records. All rights reserved. Manufactured & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2006 Digital Remaster (P) 2006 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Depeche Mode under exclusive licence to Mute Records Ltd

7
Policy of Truth 2006 Remaster
00:04:54

Mark Flannery, Assistant Engineer - Dave Gahan, Producer, Vocals - Martin Gore, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer - Goh Hotoda, Engineer - Andy Fletcher, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards - Alan Wilder, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Piano - Steve Lyon, Engineer - Depeche Mode, MainArtist - Peter Iversen, Engineer - DENNIS MITCHELL, Engineer - Alan Gregorie, Engineer - Dick Meaney, Assistant Engineer - Phil Legg, Engineer - Pino Pischetola, Engineer - Daryl Bamonte, Assistant Engineer - David Browne, Assistant Engineer

© 2006 Sire Records. All rights reserved. Manufactured & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ Digital Remaster (P) 2006 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Depeche Mode under exclusive licence to Mute Records Ltd

8
Blue Dress 2006 Remaster
00:05:38

Mark Flannery, Assistant Engineer - Dave Gahan, Producer, Vocals - Martin Gore, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer - Goh Hotoda, Engineer - Andy Fletcher, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards - Alan Wilder, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Piano - Steve Lyon, Engineer - Depeche Mode, MainArtist - Peter Iversen, Engineer - DENNIS MITCHELL, Engineer - Alan Gregorie, Engineer - Dick Meaney, Assistant Engineer - Phil Legg, Engineer - Pino Pischetola, Engineer - Daryl Bamonte, Assistant Engineer - David Browne, Assistant Engineer

© 2006 Sire Records. All rights reserved. Manufactured & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ Digital Remaster (P) 2006 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Depeche Mode under exclusive licence to Mute Records Ltd

9
Clean 2006 Remaster
00:05:32

Mark Flannery, Assistant Engineer - Dave Gahan, Producer, Vocals - Martin Gore, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer - Goh Hotoda, Engineer - Andy Fletcher, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards - Alan Wilder, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Piano - Steve Lyon, Engineer - Depeche Mode, MainArtist - Peter Iversen, Engineer - DENNIS MITCHELL, Engineer - Alan Gregorie, Engineer - Dick Meaney, Assistant Engineer - Phil Legg, Engineer - Pino Pischetola, Engineer - Daryl Bamonte, Assistant Engineer - David Browne, Assistant Engineer

© 2006 Sire Records. All rights reserved. Manufactured & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ Digital Remaster (P) 2006 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Depeche Mode under exclusive licence to Mute Records Ltd

10
Dangerous 2006 Remaster
00:04:21

Mark Flannery, Assistant Engineer - Dave Gahan, Producer, Vocals - Martin Gore, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer - Goh Hotoda, Engineer - Andy Fletcher, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards - Alan Wilder, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Piano - Steve Lyon, Engineer - Depeche Mode, MainArtist - Peter Iversen, Engineer - DENNIS MITCHELL, Engineer - Alan Gregorie, Engineer - Dick Meaney, Assistant Engineer - Phil Legg, Engineer - Pino Pischetola, Engineer - Daryl Bamonte, Assistant Engineer - David Browne, Assistant Engineer

© 2006 Sire Records. All rights reserved. Manufactured & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ Digital Remaster (P) 2006 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Depeche Mode under exclusive licence to Mute Records Ltd

11
Memphisto 2006 Remaster
00:04:01

Mark Flannery, Assistant Engineer - Dave Gahan, Producer, Vocals - Martin Gore, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer - Goh Hotoda, Engineer - Andy Fletcher, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards - Alan Wilder, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Piano - Steve Lyon, Engineer - Depeche Mode, MainArtist - Peter Iversen, Engineer - DENNIS MITCHELL, Engineer - Alan Gregorie, Engineer - Dick Meaney, Assistant Engineer - Phil Legg, Engineer - Pino Pischetola, Engineer - Daryl Bamonte, Assistant Engineer - David Browne, Assistant Engineer

© 2006 Sire Records. All rights reserved. Manufactured & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ Digital Remaster (P) 2006 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Depeche Mode under exclusive licence to Mute Records Ltd

12
Sibeling 2006 Remaster
00:03:17

Mark Flannery, Assistant Engineer - Dave Gahan, Producer, Vocals - Martin Gore, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer - Goh Hotoda, Engineer - Andy Fletcher, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards - Alan Wilder, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Piano - Steve Lyon, Engineer - Depeche Mode, MainArtist - Peter Iversen, Engineer - DENNIS MITCHELL, Engineer - Alan Gregorie, Engineer - Dick Meaney, Assistant Engineer - Phil Legg, Engineer - Pino Pischetola, Engineer - Daryl Bamonte, Assistant Engineer - David Browne, Assistant Engineer

© 2006 Sire Records. All rights reserved. Manufactured & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ Digital Remaster (P) 2006 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Depeche Mode under exclusive licence to Mute Records Ltd

13
Kaleid 2006 Remaster
00:04:17

Mark Flannery, Assistant Engineer - Dave Gahan, Producer, Vocals - Martin Gore, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer - Goh Hotoda, Engineer - Andy Fletcher, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards - Alan Wilder, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Piano - Steve Lyon, Engineer - Depeche Mode, MainArtist - Peter Iversen, Engineer - DENNIS MITCHELL, Engineer - Alan Gregorie, Engineer - Dick Meaney, Assistant Engineer - Phil Legg, Engineer - Pino Pischetola, Engineer - Daryl Bamonte, Assistant Engineer - David Browne, Assistant Engineer

© 2006 Sire Records. All rights reserved. Manufactured & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ Digital Remaster (P) 2006 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Depeche Mode under exclusive licence to Mute Records Ltd

14
Happiest Girl Jack Mix; 2006 Remaster
00:04:58

Mark Flannery, Assistant Engineer - Dave Gahan, Producer, Vocals - Martin Gore, Producer, Band Member, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer - Flood, Producer - Goh Hotoda, Engineer - Andy Fletcher, Producer, Band Member, Bass Guitar, Keyboards - Alan Wilder, Producer, Band Member, Drums, Keyboards, Piano - Steve Lyon, Engineer - Depeche Mode, Producer, MainArtist - Peter Iversen, Engineer - DENNIS MITCHELL, Engineer - Alan Friedman, Remixer - Alan Gregorie, Engineer - Dick Meaney, Assistant Engineer - FRANCOIS KEVORKIAN, Remixer - Phil Legg, Engineer - Pino Pischetola, Engineer - Daryl Bamonte, Assistant Engineer - David Gahan, Vocals - David Browne, Assistant Engineer

© 2006 Sire Records. All rights reserved. Manufactured & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1990 Sire Records Company

15
Sea of Sin Tonal Mix; 2006 Remaster
00:04:43

Mark Flannery, Assistant Engineer - Dave Gahan, Producer, Vocals - Martin Gore, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer - Goh Hotoda, Engineer - Andy Fletcher, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards - Alan Wilder, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Piano - Steve Lyon, Engineer - Depeche Mode, MainArtist - Peter Iversen, Engineer - DENNIS MITCHELL, Engineer - Alan Gregorie, Engineer - Dick Meaney, Assistant Engineer - Phil Legg, Engineer - Pino Pischetola, Engineer - Daryl Bamonte, Assistant Engineer - David Browne, Assistant Engineer

© 2006 Sire Records. All rights reserved. Manufactured & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ Digital Remaster (P) 2006 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Depeche Mode under exclusive licence to Mute Records Ltd

Album Description

In a word, stunning. Perhaps an odd word to use given that Violator continued in the general vein of the previous two studio efforts by Depeche Mode: Martin Gore's upfront lyrical emotional extremism and knack for a catchy hook filtered through Alan Wilder's ear for perfect arrangements, ably assisted by top English producer Flood. Yet the idea that this record would both dominate worldwide charts, while song for song being simply the best, most consistent effort yet from the band could only have been the wildest fantasy before its release. The opening two singles from the album, however, signaled something was up. First was "Personal Jesus," at once perversely simplistic, with a stiff, arcane funk/hip-hop beat and basic blues guitar chords, and tremendous, thanks to sharp production touches and David Gahan's echoed, snaky vocals. Then "Enjoy the Silence," a nothing-else-remains-but-us ballad pumped up into a huge, dramatic romance/dance number, commanding in its mock orchestral/choir scope. Follow-up single "Policy of Truth" did just fine as well, a low-key Motown funk number for the modern day with a sharp love/hate lyric to boot. To top it all off, the album itself scored on song after song, from the shuffling beat of "Sweetest Perfection" (well sung by Gore) and the ethereal "Waiting for the Night" to the guilt-ridden-and-loving-it "Halo" building into a string-swept pounder. "Clean" wraps up Violator on an eerie note, all ominous bass notes and odd atmospherics carrying the song. Goth without ever being stupidly hammy, synth without sounding like the clinical stereotype of synth music, rock without ever sounding like a "rock" band, Depeche here reach astounding heights indeed.
© Ned Raggett /TiVo

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