Sunday Suggestion – Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence

Rewind back to February 1990, and the song of the time was not by The Stone Roses or Nirvana, but it was from Depeche Mode. Before guitar music blasted out it’s final innovations so far, of any meaning; electronic pop was still the order of the day. A band firmly rooted in a time limited 80’s sound were started to shed their skin. With the album Violator, Depeche Mode became timeless with an album full of sophisticated pop music and therefore proving that sophisticated pop is not just a modern fad, but something that rang out back in 1990 and particularly with ‘Enjoy The Silence’, the single released back in February 1990. It still has the hugely rich synth sounds and percussion, but it becomes the bit-part in a song with a simple, falling riff, an aggressive backing track and distorted synth compliments upon it. The vocals from Dave Gahan are refrained and narrative too. The effortlessly string the song’s rather different parts together and quashes the notion that electronica was cold or synthetic. Lyrically the song sort of reflects the paradox of the instrumentals and the legacy of the band with enjoying the silence having both negative and positive connotations to it. A brilliant piece of atmospheric and emotive electronica.
 
 
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