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Exciter (Bonus Tracks)

Exciter by Depeche Mode
Released: May 2001
Label: Warner Bros.
With the turmoil of the '90s behind them, Depeche Mode find new focus with Exciter, their first album since 1997's Ultra. Producer Mark Bell (LFO, Bjork) strips back the stadium bombast, homing in on spindly electronic sounds that throw Gahan's bluesy baritone into stark relief; swelling banks of synths, strings and steel guitar pour added heat over icicle beats. The relative minimalism lets the record breathe more than previous albums, with careful arrangements and pin-drop production highlighting compelling songwriting -- and also making room for sheer sonic thrills.
Philip Sherburne


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