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Some Great Reward [Rhino US CD/DVD]

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Depeche Mode 10/3/2006

Review

The peak of the band's industrial-gone-mainstream fusion, and still one of the best electronic music albums yet recorded, Some Great Reward still sounds great, with the band's ever-evolving musical and production skills matching even more ambitious songwriting from Martin Gore. "People Are People" appears here, but finds itself outclassed by some of Depeche Mode's undisputed classics, most especially the moody, beautiful "Somebody," a Gore-sung piano ballad that mixes its wit and emotion skillfully; "Master and Servant," an amped-up, slamming dance track that conflates sexual and economic politics to sharp effect; and the closing "Blasphemous Rumors," a slow-building anthemic number supporting one of Gore's most cynical lyrics, addressing a suicidal teen who finds God only to die soon afterward. Even lesser-known tracks like the low-key pulse of "Lie to Me" and the weirdly dreamy "It Doesn't Matter" showcase an increasingly confident band. Alan Wilder's arrangements veer from the big to the stripped down, but always with just the right touch, such as the crowd samples bubbling beneath "Somebody" or the call/response a cappella start to "Master and Servant." With Reward, David Gahan's singing style found the métier it was going to stick with for the next ten years, and while it's never gone down well with some ears, it still has a compelling edge to it that suits the material well. [Rhino issued a CD/DVD edition of the album in 2006. The first disc contains the album in remastered form; the second disc provides the album in 5.1 sound, five tracks from a pair of live performances, a half-hour film, and three bonus tracks.] ~ Ned Raggett
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Something to Do Depeche Mode 3:47
  3. 2 Lie to Me Depeche Mode 5:3
  4. 3 People Are People Depeche Mode 3:51
  5. 4 It Doesn't Matter Depeche Mode 4:42
  6. 5 Stories of Old Depeche Mode 3:12
  7. 6 Somebody Depeche Mode 4:27
  8. 7 Master and Servant Depeche Mode 4:12
  9. 8 If You Want Depeche Mode 5:12
  10. 9 Blasphemous Rumours Depeche Mode 5:31
  11. 1 Something to Do [DVD][Stereo] Depeche Mode 3:45
  12. 2 Lie to Me [Stereo][DVD] Depeche Mode 5:1
  13. 3 People Are People [Stereo][DVD] Depeche Mode null:null
  14. 4 It Doesn't Matter [Stereo][DVD] Depeche Mode null:null
  15. 5 Stories of Old [Stereo][DVD] Depeche Mode null:null
  16. 6 Somebody [DVD][Stereo] Depeche Mode 4:25
  17. 7 Master and Servant [Stereo][DVD] Depeche Mode 4:11
  18. 8 If You Want [DVD][Stereo] Depeche Mode 4:39
  19. 9 Blasphemous Rumours [DVD][Stereo] Depeche Mode null:null
  20. 10 If You Want [DVD][Stereo] Depeche Mode null:null
  21. 11 People Are People [DVD][Stereo] Depeche Mode 4:13
  22. 12 Somebody [DVD][Stereo] Depeche Mode 4:25
  23. 13 Blasphemous Rumours [Stereo][DVD] Depeche Mode null:null
  24. 14 Master and Servant [DVD][Stereo] Depeche Mode 5:30
  25. 15 In Your Memory [DVD] Depeche Mode 3:57
  26. 16 (Set Me Free) Remotivate Me [DVD] Depeche Mode 4:10
  27. 17 Somebody [Remix][DVD] Depeche Mode 4:18
  28. 18 [Bonus Material][DVD] Depeche Mode null:null

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