Ultra was Depeche Mode's 2007 comeback album following their much publicised drink and drug problems and the split with Alan Wilder. It starts off pretty well with Barrel of a Gun but it's hard to convince anybody that it's their best work despite sleek production by Tim Simenon (Bomb the Bass). Indeed trying to find plaudits for it online all I could find was that it ranked number 71 on a list of the "100 Albums That Shook Polish Rock".
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7/10 Jack 8th February 2017
Ultra, released in 1997, definitely feels like a late 90's electronic album with its grunge and alternative influence, and it definitely matches the emotion and dark, empty feeling that many bands were conveying during that decade. Depeche Mode had been through a rough patch before this album and it bleeds through the lyrics and feel of the album. Alan Wilder (long time DM band member) had departed and this was the first album without him. Ultra also is a darker album from physical appearance to lyrical content and musical style from previous studio releases.
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