AOTY 2021


Depeche Mode - Violator
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1990 Ratings: #112 / 314
User Score
Based on 628 ratings
1990 Ratings: #4
Liked by 49 people
March 19, 1990 / Release Date
LP / Format
Mute / Label
Depeche Mode and Flood / Producer
Synthpop / Genres
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Goth without ever being stupidly hammy, synth without sounding like the clinical stereotype of synth music, rock without ever sounding like a "rock" band, Depeche here reach astounding heights indeed.

Slant Magazine

The reason Depeche Mode’s Violator is a quintessential benchmark of pop, rock and electronic music is because it marries dance, goth-rock and synth-pop with good ol’ fashioned Motown funk and rock n’ roll so seamlessly.

Entertainment Weekly

On Violator ... their music is more varied than catchy pop needs to be.

Rolling Stone

Depeche Mode's more tranquil hymns do have an ambient charm. But when the boys in the band try to make you dance, they revert to morose pop psychology and then never tell you how come they're so sad.

{SJO 50}

Interview with my dad:

"You like Depeche Mode?"


Is there a single person who hates the album? Every chorus is iconic. I've never even heard the whole thing and I remembered every word from the chorus before it even started. It's minimalist in the best way, where everything builds up to these sweeping choruses that sound as if you're towering over a city and dancing on the clouds. This album is MADE to listen to with your friends on a road trip. My ... read more
imagine not liking this, this is peak synthpop and it's amazing
The perfect transition album from the music of the 80s to the music of the 90s
SJO4 Counter: 49

damn... maybe boomer pop is... good?

im kidding of course, music is music. i have a ton, a TON of nostalgia for a lot of Depeche Mode's discography. my parents have a Pandora station (side thought, remember Pandora? good days) called "Love Shack Radio," based off the B-52s track, but it could basically just be renamed 80s Pop n New Wave and that'd be just as accurate. Depeche Mode plays A TON there, and it's been playing for about as long as i can remember, so these ... read more
How to be goth for about an hour: The Album

Every dad is bopping. Depeche Mode is a band I’ve heard a lot about, but I never actually gave any of their albums a full listen. This is my first full album experience. Before I get into everything that is great about it, I’m gonna state my one problem with it. There are plenty of standout tracks, but besides those tracks, the rest of the album is just pretty good. Not great, but still good. My favorite song on here by a pretty large ... read more
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Added on: January 12, 2013