Ultra (Depeche Mode album)

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Ultra
Depeche Mode - Ultra.png
Studio album by
Released14 April 1997 (1997-04-14)
RecordedJanuary 1996 – February 1997
Studio
Length60:04
LabelMute
ProducerTim Simenon
Depeche Mode chronology
Songs of Faith and Devotion
(1993)
Ultra
(1997)
Exciter
(2001)
Singles from Ultra
  1. "Barrel of a Gun"
    Released: 3 February 1997
  2. "It's No Good"
    Released: 31 March 1997
  3. "Home"
    Released: 16 June 1997
  4. "Useless"
    Released: 20 October 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Chicago Sun-Times3.5/4 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[4]
The Guardian4/5 stars[5]
Los Angeles Times2.5/4 stars[6]
NME6/10[7]
Q4/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[9]
Spin6/10[10]

Ultra is the ninth studio album by English electronic music band Depeche Mode. It was released on 14 April 1997 by Mute Records. It was their first album since the departure of Alan Wilder in 1995; he had become disillusioned with life in the band. Wilder's departure and lead singer Dave Gahan's drug problems, which culminated in a near-fatal overdose, had caused many people to speculate that Depeche Mode was finished.[11] Ultra is the first album the band recorded as a trio since A Broken Frame in 1982; it is also their first where the band members were not involved with production.

The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and at number five on the Billboard 200. By April 2006, it had sold 584,000 copies in the United States.[12] The project was initially conceived as an EP.

In 1999, Ned Raggett ranked the album at number 50 on his list of "The Top 136 or So Albums of the Nineties".[13] That same year, the annual Ultra Music Festival in Miami was named after the album by its co-founder Russell Faibisch,[14] and acknowledging its influence on the Polish rock scene, Tylko Rock ranked it at number 71 on its list of "100 Albums That Shook Polish Rock".[15]

2007 re-release[edit]

On 2 October 2007 (3 October in North America), Ultra was re-released as a two-disc set, along with Exciter, completing the Depeche Mode collector's edition catalog. The first disc is a remastered version of the original album, on a SACD/CD hybrid (except in the United States, where it is a CD only). 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 the album's singles can be listened to as well, including the standalone single "Only When I Lose Myself" and its B-sides.

Like the other albums, there is a documentary on the making of Ultra titled Depeche Mode 95–98 (Oh Well, That's the End of the Band...), the subtitle of which comes from Gore's thoughts about Wilder's departure. The documentary begins with discussion from all parties of Wilder's departure before moving on to early album sessions despite Dave Gahan's drug issues present. Eventually, it moves on to Gahan's "death" and rehab. The documentary then covers the recording of Ultra and ends with a discussion on The Singles 86>98 and its corresponding singles tour. The whole band is interviewed, along with Alan Wilder, Daniel Miller, producer Tim Simenon, Mute executives, touring keyboardist Peter Gordeno, touring drummer Christian Eigner, Anton Corbijn and others.

The remastered version of the album was released on vinyl 30 March 2007 in Germany and 1 October 2007 internationally.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Martin L. Gore.

No.TitleLength
1."Barrel of a Gun"5:35
2."The Love Thieves"6:34
3."Home"5:42
4."It's No Good"5:58
5."Uselink"2:21
6."Useless"5:12
7."Sister of Night"6:04
8."Jazz Thieves"2:54
9."Freestate"6:44
10."The Bottom Line"4:26
11."Insight" (includes hidden track "Junior Painkiller", at 6:27)8:37

2007 collector's edition[edit]

  • Disc one is a hybrid SACD/CD with a multi-channel SACD layer.
  • Disc two is a DVD which includes "Ultra" in DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 and PCM Stereo plus the following bonus material:

Live tracks in London, April 1997 (in DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1, PCM Stereo)

  1. "Barrel of a Gun"
  2. "It's No Good"
  3. "Useless"

Bonus tracks (in PCM Stereo)

  1. "Painkiller"
  2. "Slowblow"
  3. "Only When I Lose Myself"
  4. "Surrender"
  5. "Headstar"

Additional material

  • Depeche Mode 95–98 (Oh Well, That's the End of the Band...) (50-minute documentary)

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Ultra.[16]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Belgium (BEA)[45] Gold 25,000*
France (SNEP)[46] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[47] Gold 250,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[48] Gold 50,000^
Sweden (GLF)[49] Gold 40,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[50] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[51] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[52] Gold 584,000[12]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[53] Platinum 1,000,000*

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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