Depeche Mode Songs of Faith And Devotion 180g LP
180g Vinyl Reissue!
From the beginning of their career Depeche Mode have been at the forefront of
remix culture; creating their own classic extended mixes back in the early '80s
and over the years amassing a collection of remixers of their songs that pretty
much charts the history of cutting edge dance music.
Rooted in the UK's late 1970's New Romantic movement, Depeche Mode formed in
1980, and their pioneering, synthesizer-based sound went on to establish them as
one of the most successful alt-rock groups ever. These electro-pop superstars
loomed as large as cult heroes as they did as commercial heavies, and their
wealth of singles and signature tracks ranged from energetic dance grooves to
dramatic, moody, and industrial-tinged masterpieces. Depeche's originality of
vision weathered personnel shifts and personal turmoil, influencing modern rock
and synth-pop on a global level.
Songs of Faith and Devotion, an explosive Billboard #1 album when it was
released in 1993, continued the band's winning streak and introduced the Top 40
smash "I Feel You". The album also features the classic tracks "Condemnation",
"Walking in My Shoes", and "In Your Room".
Songs of Faith and Devotion finds the band reinventing itself somewhat. Not that
it'd been exactly treading water, but its last several albums had explored and
refined a particular aesthetic of dark lyrical themes and minor-key synthesizer
atmospherics. However, in 1993's grunge era, lyrical mopeyness was endemic and
keyboards were rapidly becoming out of date. Wisely, Depeche Mode sought to
change both elements of its music, not just one. Incorporating guitars--most
notably on the oddly blues-derived "I Feel You"--and other instruments into its
songs was a canny move, but the stroke of genius is in Martin Gore's lyrics,
which largely abandon the bleakness of the band's more recent work in favor of
cautious optimism and spiritual questions. In an age of irony, the real surprise
was that this album's title was not particularly ironic.
• 180g Vinyl
1. I Feel You
2. Walking In My Shoes
4. Mercy In You
6. In Your Room
7. Get Right With Me
9. One Caress
10. Higher Love