Songs of Faith and Devotion

Depeche Mode - Songs of Faith and Devotion
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Based on 4 reviews
1993 Ratings: #181 / 370
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Based on 112 ratings
1993 Ratings: #31
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March 22, 1993 / Release Date
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Depeche Mode reached their peak in 1990 with 'Violator' so it was nearly impossible to get any higher. The guys were all fucked up at the time, but they did a good job with satisfying results. 'SOFAD' is, in a certain way, different from the band's previous albums. It's more industrial, dirty, ethereal, dangerous... Summing up, it's darker. And even psychedelic in a gothic way sometimes. "Get It Right With Me" isn't so nice, but the rest is at least good, principally in the first ... read more
If "Violator" was the sound of Depeche Mode breaking away from synthpop Britannia on top form, then "Songs of Faith and Devotion" is the crash-landing; the sound of frayed edges, opioid weariness and knife-edge exhaustion.

With scuzzy guitars ("I Feel You"), luscious string sections ("One Caress") and hints of gospel ("Condemnation"), Depeche Mode hit spiritual highs on this record, experimenting in hitherto-unexplored territory. Dave Gahan's ... read more
If Violator didn't exist, this would be the real Magnum Opus of Depeche Mode's discography. When this came out, the landscape of music was changing. We were moving from the time of synthpop and danceable tunes to the era of grunge and headbanging. You can see the influence this new era had on DM. This incorporates a lot more heavier guitar work than prior offerings right from the start. I Feel You is the perfect opener. It welcomes you with open arms into this heavier version of Depeche Mode. ... read more
With Gahan still awash in his opiate addiction... Gore pens some terrific songs and the band collectively finds enough stability to pull off album number 6. While not exactly well liked by the critics, the fans are the people who actually plop down dollars and buy these recordings with this album being met with healthy sales the world over. It's Depeche Mode, man! Geez. My suggestion: Depeche Mode equals exquisite Synth-pop hands down. Gore is an incredible musician and song writer... The ... read more
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Track List

  1. I Feel You
  2. Walking in My Shoes
  3. Condemnation
  4. Mercy in You
  5. Judas
  6. In Your Room
  7. Get Right with Me
  8. Rush
  9. One Caress
  10. Higher Love
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Added on: January 12, 2013