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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 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Official Soundtrack (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ultra Dance V.7
Muze Music Compilations Thrivemix Presents: Trance Anthems 01 / Vario
Muze Music Compilations Thrivemix Presents: Electro
Muze Music Compilations Cooking For Pumpkin
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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