Music For The Masses (studio album) by Depeche Mode
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Music For The Masses is ranked 2nd best out of 43 albums by Depeche Mode on BestEverAlbums.com.
The best album by Depeche Mode is Violator which is ranked number 117 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 13,119.
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The tracks on this album have an average rating of 81 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).
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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 79.5/100, a mean average of 78.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.6/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.3.
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It's more consistent than Black Celebration, but there is still room for improvement. The album has dark tone, while being catchy at the same time, some tracks sound really cool - Never Let Me Down Again, Behind The Wheel, Strangelove, but some of them are still a little bit bland - Little 15, To Have And To Hold.
This is a very compact album that has a lot of great cuts. The opening track really kicks the record off in style and it really sets the mood for the rest of the record. This atmosphere is then maintained throughout the rest of the record and is a real high point of the music. This was their first truly dark album and you can see all the potential for the brilliant synth led music that they would create. I love the vocal performance as well with it being consistently gloomy and deeper than their other works. However, there are a few tracks which do dip in quality with some of them not really grabbing my attention. This album laid the amazing groundwork for what would be Violator in my opinion but it doesn't reach the same levels that album does. Overall, this is a great album and one I love to listen too but it is a close second in terms of greatest Depeche Mode albums.
Not much separates this and Violator.
Much darker in tone than their previous releases, a trend they would only explore deeper with their next album Violator.
Classic album of the 80s. Depeche Mode´s best album of the 80s, just one step behind to their masterpiece Violator (1990).
Really good album.
Favorites: Strangelove, Behind The Wheel.
Favorite Tracks:Behind The Wheel
Best track: "Nothing"
Weakest track: "Pimpf"
Second side is definitely weaker. Some sweet classics like “Behind the Wheel and “Never Let Me Down Again”.
Here's a band firing on all cylinders and releasing some of the strongest material from the genre.
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