Depeche Mode were best when they synergised their bleak experimental depths with excitable pop hooks, and Exciter is a prime example of both aspects of their sound coalescing, producer Mark Bell ensuring the two were balanced to make a slight but dramatic work. It's full of the same twilit and lovesick brooding that made the synth-pop outfit so fashionable.
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8/10 Jack Customer review, 27th May 2015
Exciter seems to be the one album that too many DM fans have regarded as lesser than their previous work. If you are looking for quick catchy top ten hits, then yes you should pass this one up. But if you, like me, love it when artists express themselves however they feel regardless of what the public expects, then this is the album that gives us Depeche Mode, naked. The electronic music plays richly, beautifully, transporting the listener to another realm, a feat accomplished by very few artists.
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