Carson gave this album
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.
|2||Behind the Wheel||7||Stripped|
|4||Sacred||9||Things You Said|
|5||Something to Do|
|1||Black Celebration||7||Never Let Me Down Again|
|2||Shake the Disease||8||A Question of Lust|
|3||Nothing||9||Master and Servant|
|4||Pleasure Little Treasure||10||Just Can't Get Enough|
|5||People are People||11||Everything Counts|
|6||A Question of Time|