Music

The Singles 86-98 It was always a weird arrangement — guitarist Martin Gore penning gothic synth-pop dirges for Dave Gahan to moan/intone, while Gahan's personal...The Singles 86-98Reissues, Rock It was always a weird arrangement — guitarist Martin Gore penning gothic synth-pop dirges for Dave Gahan to moan/intone, while Gahan's personal...1998-12-11
C-

The Singles 86-98

Genre: Reissues, Rock; Producer (group): Mute, Reprise Records; Status: In Season

It was always a weird arrangement — guitarist Martin Gore penning gothic synth-pop dirges for Dave Gahan to moan/intone, while Gahan’s personal life grew as tortured as his Svengali’s grim outlook. But suffering doesn’t always result in great art, as Depeche Mode’s so-so anthology, The Singles 86-98, attests. The Gore/Gahan combo hasn’t worked since Music for the Masses, which is exactly where this set begins its 21-track downward spiral. C-

Originally posted December 11 1998 — 12:00 AM EST

More from Our Partners