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Depeche Mode's Some Great Reward Not Half Bad

Reviewing: Depeche Mode Some Great Reward  |  Rating:
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Depeche Mode is one of those bands you generally can't hate, and their 1984 release Some Great Reward was what gave them their first recognizable hit single as far as the American market is concerned

Some Great Reward is a relatively soulful synthpop album that includes their hit song, "People are People" (you know--"people are people so why should it be you and I should get along so awfully"?)

However, one should judge a band by the rest of the album, and Depeche Mode actually shines here. Some of the music is sorrowful and dark, but most of the tracks are worth your listening time. Take the first two tracks before People are People, "Something To Do" and "Lie With Me": Both are melodic and interesting. Lie With Me is, honestly, one of my favorite songs from the album.

The midsection of the album dives into dark commentaries, but the tracks "Stories of Old" and "It Doesn't Matter" are by no means clunkers. You won't have your dancing shoes on for them, but they aren't mediocre like how some bands pad their albums.

"Master and Servant" (Track 7) is perhaps the first and only single you'll hear involving BDSM.

The final song, "Blasphemous Rumours", is an excellent endcap for the album and is a wonderful song musically. Lyrically, religious folks will be offended by it.

Overall, what struck me most is that it is fairly solid throughout, but clocking in at about 40 minutes of music it also is a relatively short album. Not sure why.

Would it be worthwhile to skip this and go straight to a greatest hits album? Maybe. If you can snaffle this album for under $5, it would just be worth it to buy it. If you want all the major hits, most notably "Personal Jesus" (which came later), get a collection album.

Overall, a solid album. Not a favorite or anything, but it still is worth a listen and it doesn't scream "Outdated Eighties" in the same way some songs or albums do.