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Ultra (1997)

Artist: Depeche Mode
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Format: CD
Sku: 224362498
UPC: 081227975234
UPC 14: 00081227975234
Release Date: 9/12/2011
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Barrel of a Gun ~ Depeche Mode
2. Love Thieves, The ~ Depeche Mode
3. Home ~ Depeche Mode
4. It's No Good ~ Depeche Mode
5. Uselink ~ Depeche Mode
6. Useless ~ Depeche Mode
7. Sister of Night ~ Depeche Mode
8. Jazz Thieves ~ Depeche Mode
9. Freestate ~ Depeche Mode
10. Bottom Line, The ~ Depeche Mode
11. Insight ~ Depeche Mode
12. Junior Painkiller [Hidden Track] ~ Depeche Mode

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Depeche Mode: Andrew Fletcher, David Gahan, Martin Gore.
Muze PNote Additional personnel: B.J. Cole (pedal steel guitar); Doug Wimbish (bass); Keith LeBlanc, Gota Yashiki (drums); Danny Cummings, Victor Endrizzio, Jaki Liebezeit (percussion); Daniel Miller.
Muze PNote Personnel: David Clayton (keyboards, keyboard programming); Kerry Hopwood (programming).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Q; Paul Conboy.
Muze PNote Recording information: Abbey Road, London; Eastcote, London; Electric Lady, New York; Larrabee West, Los Angeles; RAK Studios, London; Strongroom, London; Westcote, London.
Muze PNote Photographer: Anton Corbijn.
Muze PNote With Alan Wilder now gone, ULTRA is Depeche Mode's first album as a trio. But in many ways it marks a return to form for the band. Producer Tim Simenon gives ULTRA a rich, lush sound that rejects the straight-ahead rock and analog experimentation of VIOLATOR and SONGS OF FAITH AND DEVOTION. Instead, ULTRA moves deftly between the sparseness of Depeche Mode's legendary early work and the complex, hard-edged sounds the band came to experiment with. The wide dynamic range allows for seamless interplay between thick, atmospheric keyboards; snaking intertwining programming lines; and an expansive palette of guitar textures.
Muze PNote "The Bottom Line" features a blend of sweet pedal-steel guitar (played by session great B.J. Cole) and plaintive, soaring synth sounds alongside two DM trademarks: ominous, low-end synth and David Gahan's reverb-soaked baritone. "Barrel Of A Gun" is driven by raspy distorted vocals and a wild, throbbing backing track. "It's No Good," with its insistent hook hidden in bitter industrial longing, gives the band its deftest pop song in almost a decade. For all that this band has picked up in 17 years, it hasn't forgotten where it came from.

Producer: Paul Conboy

Engineer: Q

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Keith LeBlanc
Muze Guest Artist B.J. Cole
Muze Guest Artist Doug Wimbish
Muze Guest Artist Jaki Liebezeit

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Resident Evil
Muze Music Compilations Thrivemix Presents: Trance Anthems 01 / Vario
Muze Music Compilations Thrivemix Presents: Electro
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Club Hits

Associated Artists and Works

For The Masses ~ Artists, Various
Chauveau, Sylvain
For The Masses ~ Various Artists

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/27/2011
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1997
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : R 246522
Music Label Name Label : Rhino (Label)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00081227975234

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (5/1/97, pp.53-54)
- 3 Stars (out of 5)
- "...Songwriter Martin Gore has plenty of dark passion to document....moody, pulsating ballads such as `The Bottom Line' and `The Love Thieves' are ideal vehicles for Gahan's brooding baritone and for the band's ever-increasing sense of tender intuition..."

Spin (5/97, pp.110-111)
- (6 out of 10)
- "...Simeon's pristine production...fits Depeche Mode's need to conceal their age in sleekness. Rather than co-opt drum'n'bass, they do what they've done since VIOLATOR: merge machine aesthetics and corporate machinery into a punkishly forbidding indolence..."

Entertainment Weekly (4/18/97, p.66)
- "..combines up-to-the-second synth effects...with ripping melodies--all supported by the grim sonic architecture that long ago made DM the darlings of many a sour teen. Imposing spires of synths, industrial rivets of percussion, churchy organs, and grave vocals erect an edifice of reverent dread..." - Rating: B

Q (1/98, p.112)
- Included in Q Magazine's "50 Best Albums of 1997."

Q (5/97, p.118)
- 4 Stars (out of 5)
- "...ranks alongside...BLACK CELEBRATION as their darkest album to date....dry, dislocated, burnt-out and sometimes beautiful songwriting....Gone are the big, roguishly aggressive hooks, replaced by industrialised trip-hop beats...and widescreen spaces..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Depeche Mode
Product attributeLabel:   Warner/reprise/maverick
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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