Ultra (Depeche Mode album)

Ultra
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Studio album by Depeche Mode
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)Songs of Faith and Devotion1993
Ultra
(1997)
Exciter
(2001)Exciter2001
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, 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 in its list of "100 Albums That Shook Polish Rock".[15]

Promotion

To promote the release of the album the band played two short concerts in London and Los Angeles, titled Ultra Parties. The London concert took place on 10 April 1997 at Adrenalin Village, and the Los Angeles concert was held on 16 May 1997 at the Shrine Exposition Hall. The Shrine show was produced by Philip Blaine, whose 1500 Records was at that point compiling the soon-to-be-released Depeche Mode tribute album For the Masses. The shows featured Christian Eigner on drums and Dave Clayton on keyboards. The Los Angeles show was filmed by MTV but the performance was never broadcast in its entirety.[16][17]

Setlist

Instrumental intro, ("Uselink" on Los Angeles, "Junior Painkiller" on London)

  1. "Barrel of a Gun"
  2. "Useless"
  3. "It's No Good"
  4. "Home"
  5. "Never Let Me Down Again"
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