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Album #349: Depeche Mode – Violator

  • Released: 1990
  • Origin: Basildon, England
  • Label: Mute
  • Best Track: Enjoy the SIlence

I’ve mentioned Top of the Pops and the BBC Four reruns of it a lot more than I meant to in this blog. Going through 1990, it’s very quickly apparent that it was an excellent year for Depeche Mode, and since I’ve never listened to their album of that year, Violator, it’s about time that changed.

This, their seventh album, spawned the classics ‘Personal Jesus’ and ‘Enjoy the Silence’. That alone makes it difficult to choose a favourite track – how do you pick just one of those two? I suppose I slightly favour the latter, although I can’t decide if it’s a little out of place on this somewhat dark and industrial record. Still, it’s too good a song not to feature.

There’s also the lesser-heard follow-up single ‘Policy of Truth’, which is another corker. Final track ‘Clean’ (I only listen to the original track listing on old albums, not any extra songs added on newer versions) is impressive too – sinister and haunting with its rhymic whistles.

Superb album, and I must check out more of theirs.

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