Released April 28, 2003 in Europe and April 29, 2003 in the USA, Counterfeit² is an album featuring 11 covers of songs that Gore considered influential to his own compositions for Depeche Mode. He recorded this album around the same time as David Gahan recorded his first solo album Paper Monsters, after the Exciter tour was finished, and around the same time Andrew Fletcher produced Client's self-titled debut album. Counterfeit² is a very synth heavy album compared to Depeche Mode's prior two albums, Exciter and Ultra, and includes a song sung completely in German ("Das Lied vom einsamen Mädchen"). The album could at one point be heard in full at Martin Gore's website.
Gore also went on a brief tour consisting of a few concerts in Europe and only Los Angeles in North America.
A single for the track "Stardust" was released two weeks prior to the release of Counterfeit². It included the B-sides "Life Is Strange" and a video of "Left Hand Luke and the Beggar Boys" (both are two soul songs written by Marc Bolan from the 1973 T.Rex album Tanx), along with various remixes of "Stardust" and "I Cast a Lonesome Shadow".
After Counterfeit² saw the release of "Loverman EP²" which included mixes of "Loverman" and "Das Lied vom einsamen Mädchen". There was also a version with a DVD which included footage of Martin's Milan show on April 30, 2003 and an interview. It was released in November in the UK and was not released in the US.