12 Songs, 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Depeche Mode’s ninth album was made with Dave Gahan recovering from heroin addiction. That gives context to the ragged desperation in his voice on gnarly opener “Barrel of a Gun,” but he’s controlled and persuasive on “It’s No Good”’s tense pulse, and there’s an eerie calm throughout Ultra. With in-house arranger Alan Wilder departing, Bomb the Bass supremo Tim Simenon arrives to apply some hip-hop gloss, particularly on the simmering electro-soul of “The Love Thieves” and the tender, orchestral “Home.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Depeche Mode’s ninth album was made with Dave Gahan recovering from heroin addiction. That gives context to the ragged desperation in his voice on gnarly opener “Barrel of a Gun,” but he’s controlled and persuasive on “It’s No Good”’s tense pulse, and there’s an eerie calm throughout Ultra. With in-house arranger Alan Wilder departing, Bomb the Bass supremo Tim Simenon arrives to apply some hip-hop gloss, particularly on the simmering electro-soul of “The Love Thieves” and the tender, orchestral “Home.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

The Golden-Child ,

Mr G

A beautifully recorded collection of songs which take you on a journey from the suicidal despair of Barrel of a Gun to the incredible hope and optimism of Insight. This is DM's masterpiece.

Chancy007 ,

Excellent

Just Listen to HOME how much could that qualilfy for a Bond theme i think Tim Simenon as the Producer brought new life to Depeche Mode and No one has come close sadly this was the last of the great Depeche Mode albums :(

DM 67 ,

DEPECHE MODE - ULTRA

This is a truly fantastic album given the fact that Alan Wilder had just very recently announced his departure from the band. What with all the other problems Dave Gahan was having around this time, with a host of different hard-core drugs, all so well documented in many of the different documentaries they have made with visual director Anton Corbjin. It's a miracle they stayed together as a band, and the fact this brilliant album got made. Like Dave Gahan has said it's definitely the most soulful record they've ever made. I AGREE MOST DEFINITELY ! !

I agree partly with WinterKills, in the sense of this album is definitely as good as Violator & Songs of Faith & Devotion. But I don't agree with him saying, that the band are about to lose there magic at all. Depeche Mode have always been a band that have always tried to make and create music that is innovative, and they are always trying to endlessly create a new genre of music. That is both electronic in nature with a more modern form of the blues basically.

The is no point trying to re-create older albums over and over again. I will always love Depeche Mode no matter what. Because I have grown up with them, and I will remain loyal to a truly great and legendary top class British band. AWESOME BRITISH BAND ! ! ! !

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