13 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Twenty years into their career, having had to repair themselves after various personal crises, Depeche Mode have no right to sound this fresh and vital. However, Björk producer Mark Bell has encouraged them to experiment while maintaining their instinct for indelible hooks. Whether they’re pairing distorted beats with acoustic guitar loops (“Dream On”), stomping out sci-fi disco (“I Feel Loved”), or unfolding a lulling ballad (“When the Body Sleeps”), Exciter is an exquisite balance of unpredictability and warmth.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Twenty years into their career, having had to repair themselves after various personal crises, Depeche Mode have no right to sound this fresh and vital. However, Björk producer Mark Bell has encouraged them to experiment while maintaining their instinct for indelible hooks. Whether they’re pairing distorted beats with acoustic guitar loops (“Dream On”), stomping out sci-fi disco (“I Feel Loved”), or unfolding a lulling ballad (“When the Body Sleeps”), Exciter is an exquisite balance of unpredictability and warmth.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Windscreen Fly ,

The last original DM album

As the other reviewer rightly says, this is the Depeche Mode album that gets most stick from fans which, in my view, is unfair.

The great thing about DM used to be their ability to make each and every album sound different to any other album they'd made. Exciter is definitely one of their most different sounding albums and their last one to sound truly unique. Those that followed this started to sound like rehashes of what had gone before.

Exciter's title is ironic...given its their most introspective and intimate album, and that's most probably why it gets unfair stick. For me it's a beautiful and soulful journey through the night. It may not have edgy electronica of Violator or the pomp of Faith & Devotion,but it's the sound of a still fragile band getting back on its feet again and daring to try something new and different from the temporary plaster that was Ultra.

If it were a film, then Exciter would be David Lynch's Blue Velvet.

Dare to give it a go and be pleasantly surprised.

DM 67 ,

DEPECHE MODE - EXCITER

Most people tend to think that this is one of Depeche Mode's weakest albums. Well I beg to differ yet again. I know at the time Martin the main songwriter of the band, (and up until Playing The Angel was the songwriter for the band) was suffering from a bit of writers block. But on the contrary to what people think, this for me was and is right up until the present day, a very unique sounding electronic record.

When The Body Speaks is most definitely one of Martin's finest songs, and up there with his very best songs, on which the are an infinite amount anyway. The whole album overall presents a very delicate and intimate side to Depeche Mode's music, and is more commonly known as the love album. Songs like Love Theme, Freelove & I Feel Loved spring to mind here. Overall though this is quite an original unique sounding electronic record, with interweaving layers of subtle warped textures of layered musical soundscapes, that are generated out of the endless amount of synths, and all the other different electronics and other equipment they use, and experiment with on every record they make. IT'S A GREAT RECORD. BY A TRULY GREAT BAND ! ! BUY IT AWESOME ! !

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