Music Article

Worth the Upgrade?

Are the three new Depeche Mode reissues worth buying? -- We decide whether the DVD and remixes make it worth it

Are the three new Depeche Mode reissues worth buying?

ORIGINALS
Speak & Spell, the band's 1981 debut featuring singles ''New Life'' and ''Just Can't Get Enough''; the moody Music for the Masses (1987), with hits ''Strangelove'' and ''Never Let Me Down Again''; Violator (1990), the band's most commercially and artistically successful effort, boasting ''Personal Jesus'' and ''Enjoy the Silence.''

REISSUES
Each edition includes the original album, plus a DVD featuring a half-hour documentary, bonus tracks, and the entire album in 5.1 surround sound. The separation on the 5.1 mix is impressive, but the rest of the audio extras — many of which are merely instrumentals — are a bit skimpy considering the ridiculous number of remixes this band has churned out over the years. The documentaries are more engaging, with the best being Speak & Spell's, even though the 1981 departure of original band member Vince Clarke is almost entirely glossed over.

VERDICT
For fans interested in the stories behind the songs, these upgrades are a nice reward...as opposed to Some Great Reward, which, hopefully, is next in line.

Originally posted Jun 09, 2006 Published in issue #882 Jun 16, 2006 Order article reprints