In fact, most casual fans would hardly recognize the ironically sunny melodies of I Sometimes Wish I Was Dead or the fey jaunt of Puppets. Now we have cause to train our gaze on those salad days! The New Life - Depeche Mode - Speak & Spell and lyrical content on this record could not be further from the textures and melancholy ruminations that eventually defined Depeche Mode.
Hints of their darker trajectory can be heard on Nodisco! These are the bits Martin Gore picked up and ran with after Clarke left. The record was met with acclaim in the UK. In the US, however, reviews were mixed at best. Sales figured followed suit. The album cracked the top 10 in the UK while barely making the top in the US. The lead single, in a sense, was Dreaming of Me. Released eighth months before the album came out, Dreaming of Me was pulled from the British LP and not pressed as a single stateside because the track Occidental Damage - Danton Eeprom - If Looks Could Kill so poorly on the UK charts.
It was backed by a moody non-album cut, Ice Machine. The inch remix of New Life featured a much harder, more percussive intro than on the UK album. The flipside, an extended mix of ShoutNew Life - Depeche Mode - Speak & Spell down on the heavy percussion of the A-side. The non-album track presaged New Life - Depeche Mode - Speak & Spell industrial sound Depeche Mode would eventually own.
The almost-seven-minute Schizo mix was the default version in the States, as it was included in the initial US album release. The inch was backed with an altered instrumental version of Any Second Now that plays up the atmospherics. I am a true fan of Depeche Mode and have consistently bought most of their discography. Dave has a strong, characterful voice as proved by his collaboration with Alison Goldfrapp on Ocean.
Martin still writes good lyrics. It must be something about the instrumentation? Too repetitive? They could do with bringing Vince Clark back. I was at college when these singles came out and loved them immediately. They are lovely items to have — especially with the slip case. I always liked the Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath in Silence and See You songs, they are beautiful to listen to — but really the albums had more great tracks.
I sort of feel that at the prices, they could have slipped the albums into the slipcases without increasing the price. Despite the boxset prices, I am glad of their availability.
A proper appreciation of Depeche Mode deserves to include all of their releases from the beginning including the albums, which are better listening experiences than the singles on their own. The formatting seems a bit exclusive, but I hope it brings the much-deserved attention to their original sound. DM were pretty much famous from the very beginning and the full sweep from pure pop, through Construction Time Again, hammering them into their definitive sound and beyond, provides a great testament of musical achievement.
It was generally seen as an embarrassment? The lightness of the song is the opposite of taking music too seriously and helped the White Summer ~ Black Mountain Side - Led Zeppelin - Copenhagen Warm-Ups of the album — the perfect closing track for side A.
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