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|Songs of Faith and Devotion|
|Studio album by Depeche Mode|
|Released||22 March 1993|
|Recorded||February 1992 - January 1993, Madrid, Hamburg, London|
|Genre||Alternative dance, synthpop|
|Label||Mute (UK), Sire/Reprise Records (U.S./Canada)|
|Producer||Depeche Mode, Flood|
|Depeche Mode chronology|
|Singles from Songs of Faith and Devotion|
|New York Times||(favorable) |
Songs of Faith and Devotion is the eighth album by the British electronic music group Depeche Mode, released in 1993 on Mute Records in the UK and Sire/Reprise Records in the U.S. and Canada. The album incorporated more guitar textures than previous releases. Upon its release, Songs of Faith and Devotion reached number one in both the UK and US album charts. To support the album, Depeche Mode embarked on the fourteen-month Devotional Tour. As of 2006, Songs of Faith and Devotion has sold more than 920,000 units in the United States.
Songs of Faith and Devotion was recorded over eight months in a rented villa in Madrid during 1992 as well as later sessions in Hamburg and London. Recording the album was slowed by Gahan's growing drug and alcohol addiction.
A studio was set up in the basement with two drum kits using different spaces to achieve different sounds. The drum kits could then be processed through synthesisers such as the large Roland System 700 the band installed in the studio. The band wanted to record something quite different from previous albums. They wanted to change as many things about their approach to making music as they possibly could. The band members had become aware of getting caught in easy routines leading to boredom.
One new approach to recording was performance. On previous recordings the band had relied more on sequencing than playing. The performance would then later be sequenced and processed in the studio. The band members did not feel capable of going into a room and playing together, they felt that applying technology made their sound more spontaneous and human. They wanted the sound of Songs of Faith and Devotion looser and less programmed.
Tracks like "I Feel You," which was not originally the lead-off track on the album until Alan Wilder fought for it to be that way, included real performed drums which were then sampled and sequenced to form drum loops, using Cubase, in a different structure from how they were originally performed; keeping all the dynamics of a human performance. Some of the embellishments like reversed cymbals were added later in the recording process by Alan Wilder who was nearly always the one to suggest such experimentation.
Further reversing techniques were used throughout the recordings such as the backwards piano recorded as part of the outro to the track "Mercy In You". The introduction to the track "Judas" has uillean pipes recorded normally with reversed reverberation mixed into the sound.
"Walking In My Shoes" included a processed piano part during the introduction. The piano was processed through a guitar processor to add distortion, making it sound more edgy. A harpsichord sample was then played and recorded over the top making a different layered sound.
The recording of the track "Condemnation" used some interesting techniques including all four band members recording one thing each in the same space - Andrew Fletcher bashing a flight case with a pole, producer Flood and Dave Gahan clapping, Alan Wilder playing a drum and Martin Gore playing an organ. The sound produced was very embryonic but gave the band a direction as to how the track should sound.
The album has a lot of recorded guitar with the intention of creating the power of a rock guitar, without the playing technique. Guitar parts were processed through devices such as Leslie tone cabinets, originally designed for use with an organ.
In 2006, Songs of Faith and Devotion was re-released with a bonus DVD. It was released as a part of the second wave of re-issues. (Along with A Broken Frame and Some Great Reward) The first CD was remastered and was released on a CD/SACD hybrid except for in the US where the remastered first disc was pressed to standard CD. The bonus DVD includes a 5.1 surround mix of the original album, the B-Side "My Joy" and the Jazz Mix of "Death's Door" (basically an extended mix of the original version) plus several other remixes.
Also included was a 36 minute documentary on Songs of Faith and Devotion called Depeche Mode 91-94 (We Were Going To Live Together, Record Together And It Was Going To Be Wonderful) named after a quote from Alan Wilder on the potential of living in their Madrid-area recording studio. It features interviews with Depeche Mode (including Wilder, who would leave the band in 1995) and other important DM figures like Daniel Miller, Anton Corbijn and Daryl Bamonte. There is also footage from the movie Devotional and the music videos. The documentary mainly focuses on the extreme difficulty of recording the album, and the even more frustrating 14-month tour that followed.
It was released on 2 October 2006 in the UK and 3 October 2006 in the US.
The remastered album was released on "deluxe" vinyl 2 March 2007 in Germany and 5 March 2007 internationally.
All songs written and composed by Martin Gore.
|1.||"I Feel You"||4:35|
|2.||"Walking in My Shoes"||5:35|
|4.||"Mercy in You"||4:17|
|6.||"In Your Room"||6:26|
|7.||"Get Right with Me"||3:52|
|2006 re-release bonus tracks|
|12.||"Condemnation (Paris Mix)"||3:21|
|13.||"Death's Door (Jazz Mix)"||6:38|
|14.||"In Your Room (Zephyr Mix)"||4:50|
|15.||"I Feel You (Life's Too Short Mix)"||8:35|
|16.||"Walking In My Shoes (Grungy Gonads Mix)"||6:24|
|17.||"My Joy (Slowslide Mix)"||5:11|
|18.||"In Your Room (Apex Mix)"||6:43|