Black Celebration (studio album) by Depeche Mode

Black Celebration by Depeche Mode
Year: 1986
Overall rank: 762nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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79/100 (from 429 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1986 (11th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (115th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (762nd)
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Depeche Mode bestography

Black Celebration is ranked 3rd best out of 42 albums by Depeche Mode on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Depeche Mode is Violator which is ranked number 121 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 13,592.

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79/100 (from 429 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 78.8/100, a mean average of 77.8/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.0/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.4.

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90/100
From 03/30/2022 20:46
This is the album where Depeche Mode really started to discover their sound and start to experiment with a darker undertone. While it would be executed better on later releases, this early dive into more harsh and tense sounds makes for fantastic listening as you really can feel the raw nature of the music and that puts you right at the centre of it all. This creates a state of bliss that is hard to achieve on a lot of albums as when artists develop they start to iron out these little nuances but in my opinion they make the soundscape so unique and that's why this is probably my second favourite DM album. This is helped by the fantastic vocals and stellar song writing that we are treated to. Then they add layers on top of that with a dark and brooding atmosphere that is maintained throughout and you then know you are in for a phenomenal experience. If I had to criticise the record it would be that there are a few weaker tracks with some songs being just okay but none of them are bad enough to take you out of the bubble of the record. Overall, an under rated release in my opinion and is probably the most important album in the artists career and is their second best behind Violator.
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85/100
From 09/02/2019 14:58
Some have evaluated this as a transitional album, but I always viewed it as where DM found their later sound - the sound that catapulted the band into arena concert superstars. The throbbing goth/dance songs along with brooding ballads are all here. "Princess Di Is Wearing a New Dress".
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75/100
From 04/15/2019 23:32
Favourite track: "Stripped"
Least-liked track: "Sometimes"
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85/100
From 01/19/2019 13:46
Probably the beginning of the band's prime.
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65/100
From 09/23/2018 10:56
My favourite Depeche Mode album. Some of the best songs like "Stripped" or "But Not Tonight" and the perfect opening track ("Black Celebration") that sets the mood for the whole album. Regardless of the growing darkness in their sound this is still an album you can really enjoy. Most Depeche Mode albums contain a lot of songs I really don't like but on this album (except for "Sometimes") even the worse songs are still OK.

If you want to buy "Black Celebration" on CD today you should look for one of the older releases that include the following CD extra tracks that were removed from the 2007 re-releases:

12. "Breathing In Fumes"
13. "But Not Tonight" (Extended Remix)
14. "Black Day"

"But Not Tonight" is my favourite Depeche Mode song of all time. The 4:15 min. version was already the B-Side of the european "Stripped" 7" single. The 5:14 version on "Black Celebration" is not only longer but has a better mastering quality.
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From 04/03/2018 12:43
This is prototypical new wave music, and the album finds DM hitting their stride. One of their best.
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75/100
From 10/19/2017 06:40


this is where DM start getting really dark
and really sound THEIR sound
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90/100
From 09/05/2017 05:18
With this album Depeche mode really came into their own. The album is filled with the growing darkness that would even more apparent in their later works.
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80/100
From 06/10/2016 13:24
Black Celebration is not Depeche Mode's best album, but it's close to my favourite. A much darker sound than on their best album (Violator), it's one of my favourite 80s albums. "Stripped", "Black Celebration", "Here is the House", and "Dressed in Black" are highlights, along the with the CD bonus tracks "Breathing in Fumes" and "Black Day". A darker take on synth-pop, Black Celebration is my pick for the best album of 86.
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70/100
From 05/29/2016 15:54
Black celebration, is a transitional Depeche Mode album, the conduit between the early pop sound and the more darker rock influenced era. It contains three of the band's best songs in, stripped, a question of lust, and, a question of time. The rest is fine, but on next release, music for the masses, is where Mode would truly find themselves. Black celebration, then, is more about the journey than the destination.
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Best Albums of 1986
1. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
2. Master Of Puppets by Metallica
3. Graceland by Paul Simon
4. So by Peter Gabriel
5. Skylarking by XTC
6. The Colour Of Spring by Talk Talk
7. Reign In Blood by Slayer
8. Licensed To Ill by Beastie Boys
9. Lifes Rich Pageant by R.E.M.
10. EVOL by Sonic Youth
11. Black Celebration by Depeche Mode
12. Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
13. Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? by Megadeth
14. Parade by Prince And The Revolution
15. Somewhere In Time by Iron Maiden
16. Invisible Touch by Genesis
17. Raising Hell by Run-D.M.C.
18. Atomizer by Big Black
19. True Blue by Madonna
20. Brotherhood by New Order
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