101

Carson gave this album 4.25 notes4.25 notes4.25 notes4.25 notes4.25 notes on 2008-06-18.

101 is Depeche Mode's definitive early work and is one of the very few good live albums that I have heard.

101, like much of Depeche Mode's body of work, is, overall, a very dark album. In particular, "Blasphemous Rumours", "Something to Do", "Black Celebration", and "Everything Counts" are ominous. "Blasphemous Rumours" describes a troubled girl who finds God only to be struck down by a car shortly thereafter. "Something to Do" details the depression caused by monotony and hard work for little reward. "Everything Counts" tells of corporate greed.

In fact, the only notable exception to the dark theme is "Just Can't Get Enough". Originally from their first album Speak & Spell, it is the only song on 101 not written by Martin Gore. Speaking of Gore, his vocals can be heard prominently on "A Question of Lust" and "Somebody" as well as parts of "Everything Counts", "People are People", and "Shake the Disease"; it is a pleasant change to hear a different voice once in a while.

The only downside of this album is the concert that it is from was two years before Violator was released so none of its songs could be included.

Disc a
TrackNameCarsonKatherine   TrackNameCarsonKatherine
1 PimpfPimpf (Live) - 101 (Live At Pasadena Rose Bowl, June 18, 1988) 4 notes4 notes4 notes4 notes     6 Blasphemous RumoursBlasphemous Rumours (Live) - 101 (Live At Pasadena Rose Bowl, June 18, 1988) 5 notes5 notes5 notes5 notes5 notes
2 Behind the WheelBehind the Wheel (Live) - 101 (Live At Pasadena Rose Bowl, June 18, 1988) 4 notes4 notes4 notes4 notes     7 StrippedStripped (Live) - 101 (Live At Pasadena Rose Bowl, June 18, 1988) 5 notes5 notes5 notes5 notes5 notes
3 StrangeloveStrangelove (Live) - 101 (Live At Pasadena Rose Bowl, June 18, 1988) 4 notes4 notes4 notes4 notes     8 SomebodySomebody (Live) - 101 (Live At Pasadena Rose Bowl, June 18, 1988) 4 notes4 notes4 notes4 notes
4 SacredSacred (Live) - 101 (Live At Pasadena Rose Bowl, June 18, 1988) 3 notes3 notes3 notes     9 Things You SaidThings You Said (Live) - 101 (Live At Pasadena Rose Bowl, June 18, 1988) 4 notes4 notes4 notes4 notes
5 Something to DoSomething to Do (Live) - 101 (Live At Pasadena Rose Bowl, June 18, 1988) 5 notes5 notes5 notes5 notes5 notes    
 
Disc b
TrackNameCarsonKatherine   TrackNameCarsonKatherine
1 Black CelebrationBlack Celebration (Live) - 101 (Live At Pasadena Rose Bowl, June 18, 1988) 5 notes5 notes5 notes5 notes5 notes     7 Never Let Me Down AgainNever Let Me Down Again (Live) - 101 (Live At Pasadena Rose Bowl, June 18, 1988) 3 notes3 notes3 notes
2 Shake the DiseaseShake the Disease (Live) - 101 (Live At Pasadena Rose Bowl, June 18, 1988) 4 notes4 notes4 notes4 notes     8 A Question of LustA Question of Lust (Live) - 101 (Live At Pasadena Rose Bowl, June 18, 1988) 5 notes5 notes5 notes5 notes5 notes
3 NothingNothing (Live) - 101 (Live At Pasadena Rose Bowl, June 18, 1988) 3 notes3 notes3 notes     9 Master and ServantMaster and Servant (Live) - 101 (Live At Pasadena Rose Bowl, June 18, 1988) 4 notes4 notes4 notes4 notes
4 Pleasure Little TreasurePleasure, Little Treasure (Live) - 101 (Live At Pasadena Rose Bowl, June 18, 1988) 3 notes3 notes3 notes     10 Just Can't Get EnoughJust Can't Get Enough (Live) - 101 (Live At Pasadena Rose Bowl, June 18, 1988) 5 notes5 notes5 notes5 notes5 notes
5 People are PeoplePeople Are People (Live) - 101 (Live At Pasadena Rose Bowl, June 18, 1988) 5 notes5 notes5 notes5 notes5 notes     11 Everything CountsEverything Counts (Live) - 101 (Live At Pasadena Rose Bowl, June 18, 1988) 5 notes5 notes5 notes5 notes5 notes
6 A Question of TimeA Question of Time (Live) - 101 (Live At Pasadena Rose Bowl, June 18, 1988) 5 notes5 notes5 notes5 notes5 notes    

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