My Second Favorite Depeche Mode CD!!
MUZIK4THAPEOPLE!! | Seattle & San Diego | 09/01/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After "Violator" (My #1 Favorite DM CD) hit in late '89/early '90, I was rife and
ready to hear what they were going to come up with next!---Then in summer 1993
came "Songs Of Faith & Devotion", which had a much more darker and ominous vibe
to it than "Violator"(s) more upbeat futuristic vibe had.
I later found out that Dave Gahan, the lead singer was dealing with serious addictions
during this period that were jeopardizing everything that they had built from
1984's "Black Celebration" to "Violator"...hence the darker vibe I felt.
At first I didn't like it...I listened to it about 5 or 6 times, then relegated it
to my "hardly played" CD pile, where it stayed for about 8 yrs until 2001.
Then one day I was preparing to take a bunch of my old CD's to a swap-n-sell place
when I decided to give "S.O.F.& D." another spin with more mature ears.
Wouldn't you know it?---I had grown into it by then, and it has since become my
second favorite DP CD of their 25+ year catalogue!
I guess kind of like Billie Holiday and other great artists who've battled
addiction, Dave's voice was raw, weathered, and telling of the inner turmoil
he was experiencing at that time. (Thank goodness he got through it!)
But his voice has an otherworldly quality to it on this album, which I
like to say is like "If Edgar Allen Poe could've been a 90's rock star,
this is how his melancholy would've sounded!"
"Exciter", their 2001 return to great form, is my 3rd Favorite BTW!! (-:
I still love the vibe of "I Feel You", "Walkin In My Shoes", "Condemnation", "Judas"
and the others which escape me right now, but long story short...this is a damn good CD!"