Violator

Depeche Mode - Violator
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1990 Ratings: #78 / 305
User Score
Based on 328 ratings
1990 Ratings: #7
March 19, 1990 / Release Date
LP / Format
Mute / Label
Synthpop, New Wave / Genres
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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.

100
The Guardian

It was also their best, encasing Martin Gore's favourite tropes - guilt, salvation, obsession and the virtues of keeping your mouth shut - in production as black and shiny as a beetle's shell.

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.

79
Pitchfork

In carrying its context with it-- and in being somewhat critical to today’s pop-- Violator just stands as a moving, solid, record, a classic for the archives of popular music; it doesn’t so much carry a lot of the things that made Depeche Mode feel so much themselves.

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.

CLJesse
90
sometimes, even the boomer music has grooves that i cannot deny
MasterCrackfox
90
This album may be considered the perfect farewell to the 80s sound and a welcoming to what was to come from the 90s. This is a dark, sullen take on the new wave/synth pop sound that is outrageously catchy but almost in spite of the listener. It's as though you are meant to dance and feel yourself in the music, only to then realize you've fallen into a pit of despair and you have no way out. The production on this album alone would make it stand out from the rest of the pack, but the time of its ... read more
tha138
80
The group finally touches the desirable, personal perfection, waving halo to the blue night under the silence of a world that moves naked and clean towards the truth.
amygoodall
80
good
lucacdornelles
96
SONGS RANKED:
9. Waiting For the Night
8. Policy of Truth
7. Blue Dress
6. Clean
5. Sweetest Perfection
4. Personal Jesus
3. World In My Eyes
2. Halo
1. Enjoy the Silence
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Added on: January 12, 2013