A Broken Frame

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A Broken Frame
Studio album by Depeche Mode
Released 27 September 1982
Recorded December 1981–July 1982 at Blackwing Studios in London
Genre Synthpop, post-punk, new wave
Length 40:55
Label Mute / Sire (US and Canada)
Producer Depeche Mode and Daniel Miller
Depeche Mode chronology
Speak & Spell
A Broken Frame
Construction Time Again
Singles from A Broken Frame
  1. "See You"
    Released: 29 January 1982 (1982-01-29)
  2. "The Meaning of Love"
    Released: 26 April 1982 (1982-04-26)
  3. "Leave in Silence"
    Released: 16 August 1982 (1982-08-16)

A Broken Frame is the second studio album by the British synthpop group Depeche Mode, released in 1982. The album was written entirely by Martin Gore and recorded after the departure of Vince Clarke, who had left the band to form Yazoo with singer Alison Moyet. Alan Wilder was part of a second tour in the United Kingdom occurring prior to the release of this album, but he had not officially joined the band, and thus, does not appear on the album.


In the documentary that appears on the DVD that came with the 2006 reissue, Gore describes the record as "our worst album". None of the singles had long-term success compared to most of Depeche Mode's other albums' singles. A Broken Frame was the only album not represented on 101 and Remixes 81 - 04. Prior to 2006, the last song from the album to be performed live was "Leave In Silence" in 1986. "Leave in Silence" finally made its return (as an acoustic rendition) in a 2006 concert in Paris.


The cover is a photograph, but is intended to resemble a German Romantic painting. It was taken by Brian Griffin and depicts a woman cutting grain in an East Anglian field, near Duxford in Cambridgeshire.

Critical reception and legacy[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Melody Maker negative[2]

Melody Maker's noted that, A Broken Frame "- as its name suggests - marks the end of a beautiful dream". Reviewer Steve Sutherland considered that the songs of A Broken Frame "sound like puerile infatuations papering over anonymity" with "weary words". He found that "Shouldn't Have Done That" is the only "ambitious departure" from their previous work.[2]

The song "Monument" was covered by GusGus for the Depeche Mode tribute album For the Masses.

Other versions[edit]

A special limited edition live album based on A Broken Frame recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon on 25 October 1982 was also released early in 1983 which also included a special 12" version of Get The Balance Right on the B-Side. These editions were limited and had an edition number.

2006 re-release[edit]

In 2006, A Broken Frame was re-released with a bonus DVD. The CD was remastered and (except in the USA) was released on a CD/SACD hybrid. The bonus DVD includes the three B-sides "Now This is Fun", "Oberkorn (It's a Small Town)", and "Excerpts from: My Secret Garden" in addition to several live versions of some of the songs from A Broken Frame.

The re-release preserves the album as it was originally intended. The bonus track "Further Excerpts from: My Secret Garden" was removed (but unlike earlier re-releases wasn't put on the DVD as an extra) and the version of "Leave In Silence" is the album version, not the "Longer" version, making its debut in the USA. (Like "Further Excerpts", the "Longer" version doesn't appear on the DVD)

There are some omissions with the re-release, including a chord at the beginning of the stereo mixes of "Satellite" has disappeared and there are live versions of "Shouldn't Have Done That" and "The Sun & The Rainfall" listed on the DVD artwork that are not present on the disc itself.

Also included was a 27-minute documentary on A Broken Frame called Depeche Mode 1982 (The Beginning Of Their So-called Dark Phase) featuring interviews with Depeche Mode (including Vince Clarke and Alan Wilder) and other personnel such as Daniel Miller and cover-photographer Brian Griffin. There is also footage of television appearances and live performances.

The remastered album was released on "deluxe" vinyl in March 2007 in Germany, and internationally in April 2007.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Martin Gore. 

1982 release: Mute / Stumm 9 (UK)
No. Title Length
1. "Leave in Silence"   4:51
2. "My Secret Garden"   4:46
3. "Monument"   3:15
4. "Nothing to Fear"   4:18
5. "See You"   4:34
6. "Satellite"   4:44
7. "The Meaning of Love"   3:06
8. "A Photograph of You"   3:04
9. "Shouldn't Have Done That"   3:12
10. "The Sun & the Rainfall"   5:02
1982 release: Sire / 23751 (U.S.)
No. Title Length
1. "Leave in Silence"   6:28
2. "My Secret Garden"   4:46
3. "Monument"   3:15
4. "Nothing to Fear"   4:18
5. "See You"   4:34
6. "Satellite"   4:44
7. "The Meaning of Love"   3:06
8. "Further Excerpts From: My Secret Garden"   4:20
9. "A Photograph of You"   3:04
10. "Shouldn't Have Done That"   3:12
11. "The Sun & the Rainfall"   5:02
  • Some original US CD copies of the album tacked on the intro of "The Sun & the Rainfall" onto the end of "Shouldn't Have Done That", making "The Sun & the Rainfall" 4:54.
  • All compositions by Martin Gore.
  • David Gahan sings lead vocals on all songs except "Shouldn't Have Done That" which is a duet with Gore. "Nothing to Fear" and "Further Excerpts From: My Secret Garden" are instrumental.

2006 re-release[edit]


  • Disc 1 is a hybrid SACD/CD with a multi-channel SACD layer. The track listing is identical to the 1982 UK release, except "Satellite" which is 4:43 long and contains a slight edit, or error, at the beginning of the track.
  • Disc 2 is a DVD which includes A Broken Frame in DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 and PCM Stereo plus bonus material.
Bonus Tracks (in DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1, PCM Stereo)
No. Title Length
11. "My Secret Garden" (Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, October 25, 1982)) 7:28
12. "See You" (Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, October 25, 1982)) 4:11
13. "Satellite" (Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, October 25, 1982)) 4:28
14. "Nothing to Fear" (Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, October 25, 1982)) 4:28
15. "The Meaning of Love" (Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, October 25, 1982)) 3:14
16. "A Photograph of You" (Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, October 25, 1982)) 3:21
Bonus Tracks (in PCM Stereo)
No. Title Length
17. "Now, This Is Fun"   3:27
18. "Oberkorn (It's a Small Town)"   4:07
19. "Excerpt From: My Secret Garden"   3:14

Additional Material:

  1. "Depeche Mode 1982 (The Beginning of Their So-Called Dark Phase)" [27 Minute video]


Selections From A Broken Frame (Vinyl, 12", Promo)
No. Title Length
1. "Leave In Silence"   6:28
2. "A Photograph Of You"   3:04
3. "My Secret Garden"   4:45
4. "Further Excerpts From: My Secret Garden)"   4:20

All songs were written by Martin Gore.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Album credits[edit]

Depeche Mode
Additional personnel


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