Violator (studio album) by Depeche Mode

Violator by Depeche Mode
Year: 1990
Overall rank: 114th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 1,341 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Best album of 1990 (1st)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1990s (21st)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (114th)
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83/100 (from 1,341 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 83.4/100, a mean average of 82.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 83.5/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.5.

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From 10/06/2023 18:51
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90/100
From 06/26/2023 21:00
Peak Depeche Mode and peak darkwave, feels like their whole career was building up to that album, it is quite consistent with huge hits that are also finest works on album - Enjoy The Silence, Personal Jesus, Policy Of Truth. I feel like Halo is pretty underrated too. I also feel that Dangerous would fit perfectly on that album, it is a shame it's only a bonus track.
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From 10/23/2022 15:58
A fantastic album and the best of their career. A great end and ribbon on top to the New Wave era.
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75/100
From 08/31/2022 03:44
Solid album
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90/100
From 04/13/2022 11:09
It feels like a homage to the decade before and completely puts it to bed by being the best version of all of the albums that preceded it of the same ilk. It's cool, it's fun and leaves a long lasting impression by still being incredibly impressive to listen to today.
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85/100
From 02/13/2022 15:07
A Great album opening for the new Decade.
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From 11/21/2021 15:44
This is one of the few electronic records that still holds up well today. My only complaint is the singer referring to himself as a "thug." Puh-lease!

A Side: Enjoy the Silence
B Side: Policy of Truth
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From 11/12/2021 20:40
The best songs are really good (the usual singles). The filler is forgettable.
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From 11/12/2021 09:37
Sin ser mi estilo de música preferido, hay que reconocer que es un buen álbum.
Enjoy the Silence y Personal Jesus son temazos
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95/100
From 10/15/2021 10:09
This is an album that really takes a few listens for you to realise how great it truly is. It was on the 3rd or 4th listen where I just sat there and was like this is incredible. The rich soundscape created throughout the whole record is phenomenal and you really feel engrossed in the atmosphere. Vocally the album is amazing and when you pair that with the infectious choruses you have a formula for a brilliance that they put to use on every track. The production and mixing as well is just something to marvel at with the whole record sounding so smooth and clean. Overall, this album is amazing from start to finish and deserves its place among the greatest records ever made.
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