Exciter (album)

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Exciter
Studio album by Depeche Mode
Released 14 May 2001 (2001-05-14)
Recorded June 2000 – February 2001; RAK Studios, Sarm West Studios (London); Sound Design (Santa Barbara); Electric Lady Studios, Sony Music Studios (New York City)
Genre Synthpop, alternative dance, electronic rock
Length 56:40
Label Mute
Producer Mark Bell
Depeche Mode chronology
Ultra
(1997)
Exciter
(2001)
Playing the Angel
(2005)
Singles from Exciter
  1. "Dream On"
    Released: 23 April 2001 (2001-04-23)
  2. "I Feel Loved"
    Released: 30 July 2001 (2001-07-30)
  3. "Freelove"
    Released: 11 November 2001 (2001-11-11)
  4. "Goodnight Lovers"
    Released: 11 February 2002 (2002-02-11)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B−[2]
NME 8/10[3]
Pitchfork Media 5.5/10[4]
Q 2/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[6]
Stylus Magazine C[7]

Exciter is the tenth studio album by English electronic music band Depeche Mode, released in the United Kingdom on 14 May 2001 by Mute Records and in the United States on 15 May by Reprise Records. The album was produced by Mark Bell of Björk and LFO fame. The album also launched the Exciter Tour, one of the band's most successful tours.

Exciter debuted at number nine on the UK Albums Chart and at number eight on the Billboard 200, selling 115,000 copies in its first week in the US.[8] It is the only Depeche Mode album to debut higher in the US than in the UK. As of April 2006, Exciter had sold more than 426,000 copies in the US,[9] and was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[10] The album was also certified Gold in Canada for shipments of 50,000 units.[11] The remastered album was released on "deluxe" vinyl 30 March 2007 in Germany and 1 October 2007 internationally.

The plant that appears on the cover of the album is part of the genus Agave, used to produce tequila.

2007 re-release[edit]

On 2 October 2007 (3 October in North America) Exciter was re-released in a two-disc set, along with Ultra, in the fourth and final set of Depeche Mode reissues. The first disc was a remastered version of the original, on an SACD/CD hybrid (only a CD in the US). The second disc is a DVD which features the album in DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 and PCM Stereo. The B-sides from Exciter as well as the single version of "Freelove" are included. There are also audio versions of all the live Exciter tracks played during the One Night in Paris movie.

Like the other reissues, there is a documentary on the making of Exciter titled "Depeche Mode 1999–2001 (Presenting the intimate and delicate side of Depeche Mode)". The documentary begins with the talks of Martin Gore's writer's block and what they did about it. It also discusses the first three singles, the recording, the cover art and the Exciter tour (including one of the opening acts, Fad Gadget). The documentary is around 30 minutes long. The three members of the band are interviewed along with Daniel Miller, Christian Eigner, Peter Gordeno, Anton Corbijn, and Mute label representatives. The documentary ends with a "To Be Continued..."

Producer Mark Bell does not appear, and although they discuss the fact that the band decided not to have Corbijn direct Exciter's music videos, they do not interview the two who did direct them. However, John Hillcoat, who directed "I Feel Loved", "Freelove" and "Goodnight Lovers", is mentioned in passing.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Martin L. Gore.

  1. "Dream On" – 4:19
  2. "Shine" – 5:32
  3. "The Sweetest Condition" – 3:42
  4. "When the Body Speaks" – 6:01
  5. "The Dead of Night" – 4:50
  6. "Lovetheme" – 2:02
  7. "Freelove" – 6:10
  8. "Comatose" – 3:24
  9. "I Feel Loved" – 4:20
  10. "Breathe" – 5:17
  11. "Easy Tiger" – 2:05
  12. "I Am You" – 5:10
  13. "Goodnight Lovers" – 3:48

2007 re-release[edit]

Mute: DMCD10 (CD/SACD + DVD)

  • Disc 1 is a hybrid SACD/CD with a multi-channel SACD layer.
  • Disc 2 is a DVD which includes "Exciter" in DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 and PCM Stereo plus bonus material
  1. "Dream On" – 4:19
  2. "Shine" – 5:32
  3. "The Sweetest Condition" – 3:42
  4. "When the Body Speaks" – 6:01
  5. "The Dead of Night" – 4:50
  6. "Lovetheme" – 2:02
  7. "Freelove" – 6:10
  8. "Comatose" – 3:24
  9. "I Feel Loved" – 4:20
  10. "Breathe" – 5:17
  11. "Easy Tiger" – 2:05
  12. "I Am You" – 5:10
  13. "Goodnight Lovers" – 3:48

Live in Paris, October 2001 (in DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1, PCM Stereo):

  1. "The Dead of Night"
  2. "The Sweetest Condition"
  3. "Dream On"
  4. "When the Body Speaks"
  5. "Breathe"
  6. "Freelove"

Bonus tracks (in PCM Stereo):

  1. "Easy Tiger" (Full Version)
  2. "Dirt" (cover of a song written and performed by The Stooges)
  3. "Freelove" (Flood Mix) [not listed on back cover]
  4. "Zenstation"
  5. "When the Body Speaks" (Acoustic)

Additional material:

  1. "Depeche Mode 1999–2001 (Presenting the intimate and delicate side of Depeche Mode)" – 30:00
  2. End Credits – 2:23

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Exciter.[12]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Austria (IFPI Austria)[40] Gold 7,500x
Canada (Music Canada)[11] Gold 50,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[41] Gold 15,450[41]
France (SNEP)[42] Gold 173,000[43]
Germany (BVMI)[44] Platinum 300,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[45] Gold 50,000*
Sweden (GLF)[46] Gold 40,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[47] Gold 20,000x
United States (RIAA)[10] Gold 500,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[48] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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