Some Great Reward

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Some Great Reward
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Studio album by Depeche Mode
Released 24 September 1984 (1984-09-24)
Recorded January–August 1984
Studio
Genre
Length 40:18
Label Mute
Producer
Depeche Mode chronology
Construction Time Again
(1983)Construction Time Again1983
Some Great Reward
(1984)
Black Celebration
(1986)Black Celebration1986
Singles from Some Great Reward
  1. "People Are People"
    Released: 12 March 1984
  2. "Master and Servant"
    Released: 20 August 1984
  3. "Blasphemous Rumours / Somebody"
    Released: 29 October 1984

Some Great Reward is the fourth studio album by the English electronic band Depeche Mode, released on 24 September 1984 by Mute Records. The album peaked at number five in the United Kingdom and at number fifty-four in the United States, the title comes from the last lines of the bridge in "Lie to Me" when it repeats near the end. The album was supported by the Some Great Reward Tour.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
The Austin Chronicle 3/5 stars[4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars[5]
Popmatters 10/10 stars[6]
Q 4/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[9]
Smash Hits (UK) 8/10[10]
Sounds 4/5 stars[11]
Spin Alternative Record Guide 6/10[12]

Melody Maker's Barry McIlheney hailed Some Great Reward and noted a "truly remarkable development" in Dave Gahan's voice, concluding that while "[i]t used to be okay to slag this bunch off because of their lack of soul, their supposed synthetic appeal, their reluctance to really pack a punch", the album "just trashes such bad old talk into the ground and demands that you now sit up and take notice of what is happening here, right under your nose".[13]

New Musical Express critic David Quantick was critical of the sound of the record, and felt that it "suffers from too many missed grips on good ideas". He continues: "It ought to be an intelligent chart contender, a mix of commercial class and magpie manipulation of the unconventional; it isn't. When that bonk and clatter is used... it's just a nod to left-field, rather than use of the sound." Of the songs and singing he says: "Often the tunes are ordinary; Martin Gore, as ever, favours a bit of a drone. In small doses (singles) this is fine, over 40 minutes, the interest begins to wane. Dave Gahan's voice has improved greatly – in that he's learned how to use its limited range – but like the melodies, it imparts mucho sameiness to the record." He concludes: "Depeche Mode can be one the few acts worthy of the name pop group. It's just that they should be so much better."[14]

In No. 1, Sunie expressed similar reservations: "The sadly under-rated Depeches turn out consistently excellent singles. But 45s rather than LPs remain their forte [...] They've progressed a million musical miles from their boppy origins, but Martin Gore's lyrics haven't kept up. Over a whole LP, their gaucheness is a major distraction from the record's musical merits."[15]

Carole Linfield, in Sounds, felt the balance of powerful music and personal lyrics was just right: "The combination of the Depeche strength of vocal and now the Depeche delicacy is going to be hard to beat... This package is a carefully assorted, daintily arranged symphony ... one that carries emotion, devotion and yet never gives way to feebleness or predictability. OK... the lyrics look trite, often naïve and frequently cliched when printed out [...] Yet Depeche have the right balance and necessary gauche to pull it off. Perhaps it’s simply that power – never mawkish – that sustains it. Whichever way, the combination locks in, the Depeche Mode clicks."[16]

Re-release[edit]

In 2006, Some Great Reward was re-released with a bonus DVD, the CD was remastered and was released on a CD/SACD hybrid. The bonus DVD includes the B-sides "In Your Memory" and "(Set Me Free) Remotivate Me" in addition to a remix of "Somebody" and several live versions of some of the songs from the album, the DVD also includes a documentary on the making of the album.

The remastered album was released on "deluxe" vinyl in March 2007.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Martin Gore, except "If You Want" and "In Your Memory" written by Alan Wilder.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Something to Do" 3:45
2. "Lie to Me" 5:04
3. "People Are People" 3:52
4. "It Doesn't Matter" 4:45
5. "Stories of Old" 3:12
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "Somebody" 4:26
7. "Master and Servant" 4:13
8. "If You Want" 4:40
9. "Blasphemous Rumours" 6:21

2006 re-release bonus DVD[edit]

  • Video
A short film
No. Title Length
1. "Depeche Mode: 1984 ("You Can Get Away With Anything If You Give It A Good Tune...")" (written and produced by Roland Brown; directed by Ross Hallard and Phil Michael Lane) 29:20
  • Audio
Some Great Reward (DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 and PCM Stereo)
No. Title Length
1. "Something to Do" 3:47
2. "Lie to Me" 5:04
3. "People Are People" 3:52
4. "It Doesn't Matter" 4:45
5. "Stories of Old" 3:14
6. "Somebody" 4:28
7. "Master and Servant" 4:12
8. "If You Want" 4:41
9. "Blasphemous Rumours" 6:22
Live tracks (DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 and PCM Stereo)
No. Title Length
10. "If You Want" (Live in Basel, 30 November 1984) 5:15
11. "People Are People" (Live in Basel, 30 November 1984) 4:16
12. "Somebody" (Live in Liverpool, 29 September 1984) 4:30
13. "Blasphemous Rumours" (Live in Basel, 30 November 1984) 5:30
14. "Master and Servant" (Live in Basel, 30 November 1984) 5:33
Additional tracks (PCM Stereo)
No. Title Length
15. "In Your Memory" 4:06
16. "(Set Me Free) Remotivate Me" 4:18
17. "Somebody" (Remix) 4:21

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Some Great Reward.[17]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Germany (BVMI)[29] Gold 250,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[30] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[31] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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  6. ^ Bergstrom, John (8 November 2006). "Reconsidering Depeche Mode". PopMatters. Retrieved 14 August 2017. 
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  8. ^ Niasseri, Sassan (17 March 2017). "Review: Depeche Mode - Some Great Reward". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 14 August 2017. 
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  10. ^ Peter, Martin. "Depeche Mode - Some Great Reward". Smash Hits (UK). 
  11. ^ Linfield, Carole (29 September 1984). "Slave Labour". Sounds. London. 
  12. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8. 
  13. ^ McIlheney, Barry (29 September 1984). "Greatness and Perfection". Melody Maker. London. 
  14. ^ Quantick, David. (6 October 1984). "Modeahead? Uh-Uh... But How Do You Rate The Review, Lads?" New Musical Express.
  15. ^ Sunie (29 September 1984). No. 1.
  16. ^ Linfield, Carole (29 September 1984). Sounds.
  17. ^ Some Great Reward (CD liner notes). Depeche Mode. Mute Records. 1984. CD STUMM 19. 
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  31. ^ "American album certifications – Depeche Mode – Some Great Reward". Recording Industry Association of America. 4 August 1994.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH