MG (Martin Gore album)

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MG
Martin Gore - MG.png
Studio album by MG
Released 24 April 2015 (2015-04-24)
Recorded March 2014 – February 2015
Studio Electric Ladyboy
(Santa Barbara, California)
Genre Electronic
Length 54:11
Label Mute
Producer Martin Gore
MG chronology
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MG
(2015)

MG is the second solo studio album by English musician and Depeche Mode member Martin Gore. It was released on 24 April 2015 by Mute Records and consists of sixteen electronic instrumentals.[1] A music video for "Europa Hymn", directed by M-I-E and incorporating illustrations by Jan L. Trigg, was released to YouTube in February 201

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 70/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[4]
Pitchfork Media 7.2/10.0[5]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, MG received an average score of 70, based on 12 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Martin Gore.

No. Title Length
1. "Pinking" 2:20
2. "Swanning" 2:57
3. "Exalt" 4:15
4. "Elk" 2:01
5. "Brink" 3:03
6. "Europa Hymn" 3:15
7. "Creeper" 3:26
8. "Spiral" 3:59
9. "Stealth" 4:16
10. "Hum" 4:09
11. "Islet" 3:15
12. "Crowly" 4:15
13. "Trysting" 3:16
14. "Southerly" 4:00
15. "Featherlight" 2:26
16. "Blade" 3:08
Total length: 54:11
MG Remix Ep
Studio album by MG
Released 9 October 2015 (2015-10-09)
Recorded April 2015 – September 2015
Studio Various
Genre Electronic
Length 35:29
Label Mute
Producer Martin Gore

MG Remix EP[edit]

Martin Gore announced a remix EP, available on double 12” vinyl and digital October 9 via Mute, the EP will include remixes by Andy Stott, Virgil Enzinger, and Christoffer Berg, alongside two previously unreleased tracks. In association with BitTorrent, Martin also launched a remix competition for the track “Featherlight.” The winning remix is included on the digital release of Martin’s EP. MG, released on Mute in April 2015 marks the first solo instrumental album from Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore. Described by Pitchfork as “a careful sculpting of electricity and air”, the album creates an absorbing and emotional sonic landscape, the deadline for submission was August 21, with a winning remix announced August 31.

MG Remix EP disc[6]
No. Title Length
1. "Europa Hymn (Andy Stott Remix)" 7:02
2. "Brink (Virgil Enzinger Remix)" 5:32
3. "Pinking (Christoffer Berg Remix)" 8:44
4. "De Nada" 4:30
5. "Gifting" 4:31
6. "Featherlight (Mantra Of Machines Remix)" 5:10
Total length: 35:29

Studio Equipment[edit]

According to interviews with Martin Gore published in "Electronic Musician - July 2015", "Keyboard Magazine - July 2015" as well as video-interview on his official website, Martin mentioned some instruments (mainly synthesizers, modular synthesizer systems, drum machines) and other equipment he used in the album recording:

and other equipment.

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of MG.[7]

  • Martin Gore – art direction, design, production
  • Q – mixing (all tracks); additional programming (tracks 5, 7–9, 11, 12, 15)
  • Will Hinton II – studio assistance
  • Stefan Betke – mastering
  • Jonathan Kessler – management
  • Paul A. Taylor – art direction
  • Jan L. Trigg – illustration

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[8] 37
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[9] 108
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[10] 68
French Albums (SNEP)[11] 90
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[12] 7
Scottish Albums (OCC)[13] 71
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 28
UK Albums (OCC)[15] 50
UK Dance Albums (OCC)[16] 13
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[17] 7
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[18] 1
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[19] 27

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reed, Ryan (2 March 2015). "Depeche Mode Founder Martin Gore Preps New Instrumental LP". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for MG". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Simpson, Paul. "MG - MG". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  4. ^ Jonze, Tim (23 April 2015). "Martin Gore: MG review – free-range techno and synth soundscapes". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  5. ^ Sherburne, Phillip (29 April 2015). "MG: MG". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  6. ^ Cite error: The named reference press was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  7. ^ MG (CD liner notes). Martin Gore. Mute Records. 2015. CDSTUMM381. 
  8. ^ "Austriancharts.at – MG – MG" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – MG – MG" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – MG – MG" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  11. ^ "Lescharts.com – MG – MG". Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  12. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  13. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  14. ^ "Swisscharts.com – MG – MG". Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  15. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  16. ^ "Official Dance Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  17. ^ "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  18. ^ "MG – Chart history" Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums for MG. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  19. ^ "MG – Chart history" Billboard Independent Albums for MG. Retrieved 14 May 2015.

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