ARTIST: Depeche Mode
TITLE: Some Great Reward
YEAR RELEASED: 1984
CHART ACTION: #51 US, #5 UL
SINGLES: People Are People (#13 US, #44 Dance, #4 UK), Master and Servant (#87 US, #49 Dance, #9 UK), Blasphemous Rumours (#16 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Sometbody was the B-Side to Blasphemous Rumours and charted in a few countries.
LINEUP: David Gahan, Martin Gore, Alan Wilder, Andrew Fletcher
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A darker and moodier, yet inconsistent album that had an out-of-left-field US hit as well as a cringy song that seemed out of place.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Starting out with the energy of “Something to Do”, the classic Depeche Mode sound of “Lie to Me”, and the hit “People are People”, Some Great Rewards sounds like its going to be the consistent album Depeche Mode had in them all along.
In the middle of the album, the band gets slower and moodier, yet the cuts are rather uninteresting and more of a slog than anything. Then you get to “Master and Servant”, which is seemingly for teenage boys to wonder about than a true exploration of a sub-culture. However, the band pulls out of it for “Blasphemous Rumours”, which shows that they can be dark, moody, slow, and interesting.
Ending it on a powerful song such as that boded well for Depeche Mode, and while they’d not have another US pop hit for a while, their cult status was cemented by that one track.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Alan Wilder wrote on track on the album.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, the usual live cuts, B-sides and remixes.
GRADE B: It could have been a lot better.