Depeche Mode - Violator
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1990 Ratings: #76 / 320
User Score
1990 Ratings: #3
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

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.

90
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.

67
Entertainment Weekly

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

50
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.

Toasterqueen12
90

{SJO 50}

Interview with my dad:

"You like Depeche Mode?"

"Yeah."

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

Nightwing734
80

imagine not liking this, this is peak synthpop and it's amazing

Fhhgvnjscvbbg
100

The perfect transition album from the music of the 80s to the music of the 90s

90

I be violating dat ass if you know what I mean ;)

Yoshers
93

Peak Synthpop

Foxussy
93

Depeche Mode was always a band I "liked" as a kid and as a prepubescent teenager, though I never sat down and listen to much of their music outside of the songs they play in the retro radio over here. I listened to Speak and Spell before and thought nothing much of it, but silly me, all of this time I had this masterpiece right in front of me and I never glanced at it.

This is definitely a must listen. The dark sounds of the album are absolutely hard-hitting, and I firmly believe ... read more

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Track List

1World In My Eyes
4:27
93
2Sweetest Perfection
4:42
88
3Personal Jesus
4:54
94
4Halo
4:28
90
5Waiting for the Night
6:07
88
6Enjoy the Silence
6:12
97
7Policy of Truth
4:54
94
8Blue Dress
5:38
84
9Clean
5:32
89
Total Length: 46 minutes

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Added on: January 12, 2013