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Depeche Mode: Violator

Paul Lester, Melody Maker, 10 March 1990

DEPECHE MODE have always been the poor relations of New Order and Kraftwerk, offering pedestrian, sometimes inconsequential variations on the electro-pop theme. Their simplified interpretations of Eurobeat's often complex structures and patterns has served them well, though, in that they sell enormously around the world and can boast an audience with an age range as broad as any. Music for the masses, indeed.

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