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Permanent Record Podcast

Brian and Sarah are your hosts for this look back at albums from the New Wave and Classic Rock genres-- albums which have earned a permanent spot in their record collection. The hosts start the discussion with a history of the album, followed by their personal history with it. Over the course of two episodes, they do a track-by-track review of the album and the videos that accompany the singles. They conclude by each giving the album a final review and rating of zero to five record adapters. Join Brian and Sarah in this fun look back at the hits-- along with some misses-- of the 70s and 80s!

Oct 8, 2017

Episode 36: Depeche Mode - A Broken Frame (1982) Part 2

This week continues the discussion of Depeche Mode's sophomore effort, the 1982 release "A Broken Frame. " Before the review of side two begins, though, Brian shares with the audience some information relating to one of the videos discussed on the previous episode, which he learned while doing research for this episode.

Part 3: Track by Track, Continued

Our hosts flip the album to discover what awaits them on side two. What they find is a hodge-podge of musical styles, some mediocre lyrics, some well-written lyrics, and the song that Brian declares to be his least favorite Depeche Mode song of all time! There's a lot of giggling from our hosts while they discuss the only video on this side, again directed by Julien Temple, and Sarah continues to come up with creative names for the various sounds she hears throughout the five songs. And how do The Simpsons find their way into this discussion about Depeche Mode?

The Meaning of Love
A Photograph of You
Shouldn't Have Done That
The Sun and the Rainfall 

Part 4: Extra Credit

Many people may say the best thing about "A Broken Frame" is its outstanding album cover. For extra credit, Brian and Sarah discuss the story behind the beautiful photograph that graces the cover of "A Broken Frame." Brian reveals that the same photographer who brought us the absurd image on "Speak & Spell" is responsible for this award-winning picture, and Sarah shares her experience of seeing the photo in an unexpected place.  She also declares it to be her favorite Depeche Mode album cover. (And who can blame her?)

Part 5: Final Review and Rating

Finally, the moment you've all been waiting for! What do Brian and Sarah think of the first Depeche Mode album written entirely by Martin Gore? It's well-known that this is the band's least favorite album, so is that also the case with our hosts? Listen as Sarah shares her ideas on how the band could have chosen to proceed in the wake of Vince Clarke's departure, and then goes on to explain her dilemma in rating this album. Brian seems a little conflicted as well, but offers a thoughtful comparison of the highs and lows on the album, and then provides his rating. Based on their comments so far, it's probably safe to assume that neither one gives it a five record adapter rating, but how low do they go?

See the video we discuss here:

The Meaning of Love



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