Catching Up With Depeche Mode

Label
Reprise
Release date
11 Nov 1985
Running length
13 tracks
Running time
52:45

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Dreaming of Me 3:44 109,335
2 New Life 3:44 172,407
3 Just Can't Get Enough 3:42 405,228
4 See You 3:56 168,497
5 The Meaning of Love 3:06 96,627
6 Love In Itself 4:28 73,246
7 Master and Servant 3:46 220,841
8 Blasphemous Rumours 5:09 141,629
9 Somebody (Remix) 4:20 5,756
10 Shake the Disease 4:48 212,799
11 Flexible 3:10 24,062
12 It's Called a Heart 3:48 59,141
13 Fly On The Windscreen 5:04 51,037

About this album

A singles collection chronicling the band’s first five years, Catching Up with Depeche Mode is the perfect primer for would-be fans. The first three tracks feature Vince Clarke’s inimitable brand of bubble-gum synth pop, brimming with catchy counterpoint and wonderfully predictable chord progressions. The remaining songs chart Martin Gore’s evolution as a composer, his earlier Clarke-esque material gradually transforming into the darker, noisier synth works that characterized mid-to-late-’80s Depeche Mode. The band’s other defining elements, i.e. Gore’s fragile vocals contrasted with David Gahan’s resonant baritone are well represented, although the hits “Everything Counts” and “People are People” are notably absent.

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