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Most relevant reviews. As new, plays well Great album of course, and cassette quality is essentially as new from what I can tell with no anomalies in the recording. As an adult, having a copy of Violator on vinyl became necessary as soon as I had a record player. It's been out for thirty years?! Happy birthday, Violator , you're a real one. I feel like Violator was the perfect gateway record for someone who is largely into guitar-driven music in a sense. I feel like it was the beginning of them showing an interest in a bluesier sound despite the fact it's a largely electronic record.
But it's something that's super present now on their latest albums. Some of it is just straight up blues guitar, like on Delta Machine, which fully expands the umbrella of their definition. The thing I love most about Depeche Mode when I go back and listen to their records is how they've always served as a barometer for whatever new style of electronic music was at its moment. Then you flash forward ten years later to Violator and it's all this FM and sample-based stuff, and I can only imagine at the time how cutting edge that shit was.
Not even just in technology, but to bring it into the context of what a pop record was and it's wild to think about now. I grew up in a small town in the Midwest. Before the internet Outside of my grandfather being way into old country, I didn't have much of a musical family. Fortunately, I had a cousin go off to college which meant I eventually got my hands on one of her mixtapes. Gore's songwriting and Gahan's vocal immediately struck me. Dark, brooding melody wasn't something I had much experience with by that point.
This would eventually become a lifelong obsession and possibly a formula to my detriment as a novice songwriter. It's the height of summer, around 34 degrees. Seven bodies laid out on the grass somewhere in Cologne. It's and it's been four days since we lost the keys to the tour bus. Inside the tour bus is all our passports and belongings. We have one phone with charge between us.
The phone has no data and the only album downloaded onto it is Violator. When "Sibeling" comes round for the 4th time that day I hear someone mumble 'I feel like we're going to die here. But then the album replays and we all start enjoying ourselves again.
Someone's made friends with some locals and managed to get us some free beers. We laugh about the fact that the only album we have is Violator and the first words of the first song are literally "Let me take you on a trip.
Someone returns with a bottle of Campari just as "Blue Dress" begins. Cigarette rations are passed around. Soon "Memphisto" will come round and we will all be aware that the strange journey is about to begin again. I haven't listened to the album since. I was 12 years old when Violator was first released, but I have a vivid memory of seeing the video for "Enjoy the Silence" on television at the time probably on The Chart Show.
Even at such a young age I remember being mesmerized and it really connected with me. Apart from it being one of the greatest songs of all time, the imagery of Dave as the King wandering in the mountains was a strange mixture of escapism and melancholy which always stayed with me.
I think the synth pop' tag is often misplaced when it comes to Depeche Mode. Violator is an incredibly soulful album. The intriguing, sometimes provocative, lyrics, the sexiness, the dark euphoria and crisp production, and, of course, the melodies and 'hooks' make it a compelling listen from start to finish.
It sounds like nothing else that was released in , and much like Dave in the mountains, it stands alone and majestic, transcending the era it was released in. To write this story I just put on the Violator album to get back in touch with the feelings I had when I first popped the cassette tape into the stereo of my green Volkswagen Bug on March 19, I'm waiting for the night to fall I know that it will save us all When everything's dark, keeps us from the stark Reality.
I'm waiting for the night to fall When everything is bearable And there in the still, all that you feel Is tranquility. There was also a notable change in Gore's demos. After the rigid, limiting effects of almost-finished demos for Music for the Masses , Gore, agreeing to Wilder's request, kept them less complete this time around.
Several of the basic recordings consisted of vocals over a simple guitar or organ part, with the odd percussion loop, but less sequenced material. The sparse demos allowed the band to take creative liberties with the songs. For instance, " Enjoy the Silence " started out as a slow ballad, but at Wilder's suggestion became a pulsating, up-tempo track.
The band convened to work on the record with Flood at Mute's WorldWide programming room in London for three weeks after which they flew to Milan for the new sessions at Logic studios. According to Flood, they did not do a substantial amount of work in Milan, except for the song " Personal Jesus ", which was crucial in setting the tone and spirit of the album.
The idea was to work hard and party hard and we all enjoyed ourselves to the full. Musically, Violator has been described as synth-pop   and alternative rock. Said Wilder, "they [Pink Floyd] were doing something very different to anyone else at that time — you can hear electronics in there, and the influence of classical music.
It's got a very repetitive, synthesised sound, and the bass riffs with the echo have a very hypnotic groove that underpins it. We basically nicked that idea [for 'Clean']". Regarding the album's title, Gore said, "We called it Violator as a joke. We wanted to come up with the most extreme, ridiculously Heavy Metal title that we could. I'll be surprised if people will get the joke. In a contemporary review for Melody Maker , music critic Paul Lester called Violator the group's "most arresting work to date".
There are no noises out of place in this perfectly formed void". Violator was ranked number on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the greatest albums of all time and number 57 on the magazine's Best Albums of the Nineties list.
As a sign of their rising popularity when Violator was released, a signing party for fans at a Wherehouse record store in Los Angeles that was expected to draw only a few thousand fans ended up drawing around 17, The band were forced to withdraw from the event due to security concerns, and their early exit nearly caused a riot.
The success of Violator introduced the band to a wider audience, and this increased exposure led to their follow-up album Songs of Faith and Devotion debuting atop the charts in both the United States and United Kingdom. It was just incredible, and in many ways we never really recovered from that. After that, we just felt like we wanted to muck it up a bit. The reissue did not reach the US until 6 June It also includes news footage from the infamous "riot" in Los Angeles, which gave the band media publicity the day before Violator came out.
The band were scheduled to do autographs in an LA music store, and the line became extremely long, stretching towards twenty-thousand people, and the event had to be cancelled shortly after it began due to problems keeping them in order. There is also footage from Strange Too , notably clips from the music videos for "Halo" and "Clean". The remastered album was released on "deluxe" vinyl on 2 March in Germany and on 5 March internationally.
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