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Postby Been Mistaken For Dead » Sat Apr 06, 2013 4:31 pm

So I scanned through all the recent threads and I couldn't find one on where people would rank Delta Machine in the list of the 13 DM Studio releases.

So what would your ranking be .... order from best to worst and a two or three sentence review of the album and why you love/hate/meh it.

1. Violator - No need to say why. It's the most consistent album, with in my opinion only one weak track (Blue Dress).

2. Songs of Faith and Devotion - more consistent song writing, great production , great songs only behind Violator for me because there are a couple of weak tracks.

3. Black Celebration - Dark, melodic, great production, great songwriting. The only thing that drags this album down is that it hasn't aged as well as Violator and SOFAD.

4. Some Great Reward - full of classics , a bunch of hits, great song writing.

5. Delta Machine - a return to form, songs that can hold there own against any in the extensive catalog. Great B-sides.

6. Ultra - Some really great high points, but there is some dead weight on this album.

7. Music For the Masses - Some really great songs, superb production especially of the precussion. Short album, pleasure Little Treasure and Agent Orange should have been on the album.

8. Playing the Angel - an album that wasn't in the top 10 for me, but it has aged really well. Some strong songs, with a few duds mixed in. Dave's debut as a songwriter ( really shows his inexperience on "I want it all").

9. Construction time again - some classics like "Everything Counts" , "Told you So" , "Pipeline" and "Shame" mixed with a spattering of weak stuff "More then a Party" and the "Landscape is changing". Sounds a little dated.

10. Exciter - a few good songs, but the mood on this album is strange. The songs lack something and the Martin sung songs are extrememly weak for me.

11. A Broken Frame - it is a better album for what it represents (Martin's emmergence as a writer) then the music on it. Hasn't aged well.

12.Speak and Spell - hard to believe this is the same band that released SOFAD, has a couple tracks that are fun, catchy and it shows potential.

13. Songs of The Universe - this album really went in a direction that didn't suit the band, I think they tried to re-make a brighter, possibly poppier Violator and it didn't really work. The production is noisy and the songwriting is sloppy.... "Wrong" and "Peace" are the High points. "Hole to Feed" and "Jezebel" are two of the worst. The saving grace is some very good B-sides "Ghost" and "Light"....

So that's my personal ranking of the Depeche Mode catalog of studio albums. There is obviously so much more to this band in B-sides, remixes, Live, Video, Bare versions etc. etc. etc. But this thread is about just the titled studio album releases.

What does your list look like?
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Postby cheme_2 » Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:55 pm

Here's mine and fav. song from each:

1. Playing The Angel (Nothing's Impossible)
2. Songs Of Faith And Devotion (Mercy in You)
3. Delta Machine (Broken)
4. Ultra (Useless)
5. Violator (Clean)
6. Exciter (Dead Of Night)
7. Black Celebration (Stripped)
8. Music For The Masses (To Have & To Hold)
9. Sounds Of The Universe (Wrong)
10. Some Great Reward (Blasphemous Rumors)

PS. I dont rank their early releases since I havent find any material in those albums that appeals my taste in music, before this I had a top 9 list only... now I have a top 10 thanks to DeMa and knocked off Ultra from the 3rd spot. :cool:
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Postby GizzUK » Sat Apr 06, 2013 11:08 pm

1/ violator
2/ delta machine
3/ music for the masse
4/ black celebration
5/ songs of faith and devotion
6/ ultra
7/ playing the angel
8/ exciter
9/ sounds of the universe
10/ broken frame
11/ some great reward
12/ speak and spell
13/ construction time again

i really do find myself absolutely loving delta so much it has gone straight to number two, some days my list may change, but probably more to bottom end of the scale
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Postby tangerine » Sat Apr 06, 2013 11:19 pm

Been Mistaken For Dead wrote:
1. Violator - No need to say why. It's the most consistent album, with in my opinion only one weak track (Blue Dress).

I will give my full reply later when I've given it some careful consideration. But in the meantime, I'm just wowed that you consider Blue Dress the weak track on Violator. Can I ask what it is that you don't like about it? Not judging, I just think it's SO sexy and gorgeous, I have to wonder what you find undesirable there....
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Postby uselessguy » Sat Apr 06, 2013 11:23 pm

Ok I'll play, hard to rank the top 5 in any order as they are all masterpieces in my world :)

Songs of faith & devotion
Black Celebration
Delta Machine
Some Great Reward
Music for the masses
Playing the angel
Speak & spell
A broken frame
Construction time again
Sounds of the universe
So lie to me Like they do it in the factory
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Postby jaypayton » Sat Apr 06, 2013 11:52 pm

Black Celebration
Music For The Masses
Playing The Angel
Some Great Reward
Delta Machine
Construction Time Again
Broken Frame
Speak & Spell
sort of read the F.A.Q.
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Postby Wyzdom » Sun Apr 07, 2013 12:05 am

hmmm, right now it might be biased as Delta Machine is very new...

SOFAD (In Your Room)
Violator (World In My Eyes)
Delta Machine (Secret To The End)
Some Great Rewards (Lie To Me)
SOTU (Fragile Tension)
Black Celebration (Here Is The House)
Music For The Masses (I Want You Now)
Playing The Angel (Nothing's Impossible)
Exciter (Sweetest Condition)
Ultra (Barrel Of A Gun)
Construction Time Again (Told You So)
A Broken Frame (Leave In Silence)
Speak And Spell (Photographic)
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Postby simonizer5 » Sun Apr 07, 2013 1:45 am

Black Celebration
Songs of Faith & Devotion
Music For The Masses
Delta Machine
Construction Time Again
Some Great Reward
Sounds Of The Universe
A Broken Frame
Speak & Spell
I'll drink to that
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Postby Gahan Fever 101 » Sun Apr 07, 2013 1:51 am

Here are my album rankings:

01. Violator
02. Songs Of Faith And Devotion
03. Delta Machine
04. Music For The Masses
05. Sounds Of The Universe
06. Black Celebration
07. Ultra
08. Some Great Reward
09. Playing The Angel
10. Exciter
11. Construction Time Again
12. A Broken Frame
13. Speak And Spell
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Postby rodwipE » Sun Apr 07, 2013 3:29 am

1. toss a coin
2. pick a card
3. eeny meeny miny mo
4. draw straws
5. insert name
6. decisions, decisions
7. wicked DM album
8. that really good one'
9. make a cup of tea
10. scratch chin
11. Music For The Masses
12. Songs of Faith And Devotion
13. Exciter
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