The Singles 86-98 (1998) 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… Depeche Mode Reissues Rock
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The Singles 86-98 (1998)

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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 Dec 11, 1998 Published in issue #462 Dec 11, 1998 Order article reprints