Black Celebration is Depeche Mode's fifth album, and was originally released in 1986. It is regarded by many fans of the band as their zenith, and with good, disturbing cause: the dark sound that was nascent on Black Celebration's predecessors, Construction Time Again and Some Great Reward was fully realised here.
Vinyl LP £22.99 88985336741
180g vinyl reissue LP on Columbia.
Limited Vinyl LP £13.49 DMLP 5
Limited remastered heavy vinyl gatefold LP job on Mute.
- Limited edition
6/10 Jack 16th May 2015
I hate to rag on what is a decent album with some great songs, but the fact that this is so unquestionably regarded as their first classic album bothers me. The largest innovations that it brought relative to its predecessor (a move away from synth pop or industrial dance) are only important if you have hang-ups about early 80's synth sounds. I for one, relish the rhythms and textures of "classic" synth pop. Because of this, I am more open to the important innovations of Some Great Reward, and think of BC's own innovations as being a bit of a let-down, especially the lack of danceable anthems.
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