Depeche Mode: David Gahan (vocals); Martin Gore (vocals, guitar, keyboards, synthesizer); Alan Wilder (keyboards, synthesizer, programming); Andrew Fletcher (keyboards, synthesizer).
Recorded at Studio Guilliame Tell, Paris, France and Konk, London, England.
Audio Remasterer: Simon Heyworth.
Recording information: Konk, London; Studio Guillame Tell, Paris.
Photographers: Mark Higenbottam; Martyn Atkins; David A. Jones.
One of the bands that not only dominated the charts for most of the 80s, but they also typified the type of music that will be looked back on as 'the sound of the 80s'. Their sometimes Germanic electronic pop became softer on this album. They were becoming more of a band, and they were 'rockin', just a little. Keyboards still dominated but the melody seemed less regimented. Vocalist Dave Gahan excelled, as his voice grew in power. In a year or two they would become stadium rock stars, and change forever. The reissued CD had a number of excellent bonus tracks including some interesting remixed material.
Rolling Stone (p.74) - "4 stars out of 5 -- "Gore's pensive but sensual songwriting reaches a new plateau..."
Q (6/95, p.135) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...has its dark, gloomy secrets and layered soundtrack grooves to support some of the groups' most self-conscious and self-questioning storylines....Most of the songs....are real diamonds in the darkness....this was the point at which Depeche Mode were first taken seriously."
Alternative Press (p.200) - "MASSES is articulate, intricate electronic music that lacked the tinny feel of DM's early synth pop..."