01. Something To Do
Some Great Reward marked a huge turning point in Depeche Mode's music. After
the trivialities of 'Speak and Spell', the low-key 'A Broken Frame' and the
more experimental 'Construction Time Again', Depeche Mode finally proved they
could work their mastery over a whole album as opposed to just a single track.
This was to be the first of three albums (prior to the equally well-crafted
'Black Celebration' and 'Music For The Masses') where Depeche Mode hit upon
the sound that they would continue to develop from this point forward. That's
not to say this album is like all the others - it definitely has a feel all
to itself. The strongest musical influence here seems once more to be the early
industrial scene, from which the group have drawn their harsh electronic sounds,
pulsating drum beats and varying degrees of metallic sampling, although they're
still synth-rockers first and studio engineers second. This style is most blatantly
exploited in what is probably the best known track from this album, the ubiquitous
metal-basher 'People are People'. The equally attractive 'Master & Servant'
is the other immediate highlight. No-one, however, can ignore the closing track.
'Blasphemous Rumours' is perhaps the most profound song Depeche Mode have recorded
to date, it's slow pace and minor key giving some indication of what was to
come on 'Black Celebration'. It's an interesting track with lots of sampling
and a basic synth line. Some Great Reward would certainly set the stage, and
tone, for Depeche Mode's future efforts.
Influences / Similar Artists:
Simple Minds, New Order, Tubeway Army, Cabaret Voltaire