ARTIST: Depeche Mode
TITLE: A Broken Frame
YEAR RELEASED: 1982
CHART ACTION: #177 US, #8 UK
SINGLES: See You (#6 UK), The Meaning of Love (#12 UK), Leave in Silence (#18 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No
LINEUP: David Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Second album by the electronic group finds them in trouble, with nothing compelling to say after Vince Clarke left.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Vince Clarke had left Depeche Mode to form Yazoo with Alison Moyet, leaving the group a trio. Martin Gore took over as leader, but this album found him lacking songs and vision and the group likewise suffering from sounding like leftovers.
To my ears, there’s nothing exciting, compelling, or even hooky about these songs. It burbles and beeps along, doing nothing but taking up time. If you’re a real Depeche Mode head, you’ll probably find something in here. As for me, I’m waiting until they get darker.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Alan Wilder joined them for the tour, and later became the fourth member of the group.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, live tracks, outtakes, and the original US version had an additional instrumental.
GRADE: C: This doesn’t rouse me to do anything but exile it.