With the release of the Music for the Masses disc, Depeche Mode continued their climb in popularity within the United States. While they had long been popular with alternative music fans, mainstream pop fans were beginning to show interest in them as well.
While none of the songs here were huge hits, the most popular song was undoubtedly Strangelove. It is a great song with a strong vocal performance from lead singer David Gahan. While it remains one of my favorite Depeche Mode songs to this day, it just doesn't seem to fit within the framework of this album. The rest of the songs are more more moody and slow than this one.
Two other songs, Behind the Wheel and Never Let Me Down, were modest hits. Both of these songs are excellent. Pimpf is one of the more interesting tracks on the album. It is a great instrumental track that just builds and builds. The song has been used to great effect by the band in concert.
Music for the Masses is another great album by the band. It is exciting to listen to this group follow their vision and know that while they made the music they wanted, their audience was continuing to grow.