Depeche Mode ‎– A Broken Frame

Mute ‎– STUMM 9
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  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variation 1): STUMM-9-A1 MT-6 JA TAPE ONE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variation 1): STUMM-9-B1 MT-6 JA TAPE ONE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variation 2): STUMM-9-A1 MT 3 JA TAPE ONE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variation 2): STUMM-9-B1 MT-4 JA TAPE ONE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variation 3): STUMM-9-A1 MT-4 JA TAPE ONE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variation 3): STUMM-9-B1 MT 3 JA TAPE ONE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variation 4): STUMM-9-A1 MT-1 JA TAPE ONE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variation 4): STUMM-9-B1 MT-1 JA TAPE ONE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variation 5): STUMM-9-A1 MT-8 JA TAPE ONE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variation 5): STUMM-9-B1 MT-8 JA TAPE ONE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variation 6): STUMM-9-A1 MT-4 JA TAPE ONE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variation 6): STUMM-9-B1 MT-4 JA TAPE ONE

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
18P2-2676 Depeche Mode A Broken Frame(CD, Album, RE) Mute 18P2-2676 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
DMCD2, 0094637006023 Depeche Mode A Broken Frame(SACD, Hybrid, Multichannel, Album, RE, RM + DVD-V,) Mute, Mute DMCD2, 0094637006023 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
CDV 30040 Depeche Mode A Broken Frame(CD, Album, RE, RP) Virgin, Mute CDV 30040 France 1987 Sell This Version
2 44456 Depeche Mode A Broken Frame(CD, Album, RE + DVD-V, Multichannel, NTSC, 5.1 + R) Reprise Records, Sire, Mute, Rhino Records (2) 2 44456 Mexico 2006 Sell This Version
9 23751-1, 1-23751 Depeche Mode A Broken Frame(LP, Album, Jac) Sire, Mute 9 23751-1, 1-23751 US 1982 Sell This Version


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May 15, 2018
Great sound off this version I picked up in charity shop for 2 euro.. in near mint condition hadn't heard this album before but was pleasantly surprised by it though most people say it's not their best work ... have the singles 81 - 85 and this shows the evolution of the band...



September 27, 2014
It surprises me that Rex The Dog has never remixed Nothing To Fear.

He did a superb job of Photographic, but Nothing To Fear is literally prototype (excuse the pun) Rex The Dog.

A match made in heaven, for sure!


March 3, 2014
When you plan to get this album, notice a problem with mastering in track 05 "See You" on a few pressings. On US version, for example, the treble is horribly low compared to the UK and German versions. Unfortunately, on the new remasters from 2006, the same version from US was used, ruining the best single and track on the album.


February 16, 2010
Worth possessing for the atmospheric cover art alone. 'A Broken Frame' still links 'Speak & Spell' idioms, but slowly slides away into something more rich and darkly potent. This is such an innocent album, every time I put it on, I get so nostalgic. Lyrically, it grows more sarcastic - 'Leave In Silence', 'A Photograph Of You', 'The Meaning Of Love' and beautifully infantile 'Shouldn't Have Done That' mark Gore's turn from previous instant of Clarke's songwriting approach. Continued are tiny traces of menace in these songs - 'Leave In Silence' opens with rather spooky chanting and to some extent pre-dates 'Enjoy the Silence' (by both, melody and title). A claustrophobic aura of the song is strange enough to make it a hit-single. 'My Secret Garden' is a decent, sensual sequel - a confusingly introspective song based on bizarre game of hide-and-seek. 'Monument' tickles you with its nagging melody - the atmosphere suggests tension wrapped in calm - not bombastic, the final 'bang' never happens although it's there. The song ends but we're not at rest. Along comes a nice, soothing instrumental 'Nothing To Fear'. The intro suggests sharpness but smooth synth line softens it into a stunning ambiental groove.

The highlight of this record is undoubtedly 'See You' - a deserved hit with dark overtones. The lyrics get quite close to tell a story from the stalker's point of view. The melody expresses uncertainty within a relationship.

The funniest and somewhat daft piece here is 'Satellite' - it doesn't lack charm but its synthie-reggae delivery isn't that convincing. Still, it's an enjoyable track (and Ace of Base were a decade away with 'All That She Wants')... 'The Meaning of Love' and 'A Photograph of You' stand out from the lot, feeling much closer to Clarke's trademark of 'Speak & Spell' - catchy, bouncingly poppy tunes which could very easily fit into the Eurovision song contest repertoire.

Suddenly, as 'A Photograph Of You' fades out of focus, we are left in a chillingly cold, synthetic wind howl that informs a beautiful acapella delivery on 'Shouldn't Have Done That', rather provocative statement regarding childhood and education. This particular track is based on a funnily irritating tone, adding to the childish atmosphere augmented by sinister military march-like percussion (provided by Blancmange!). As the song concludes with a provocative line 'Leaves school to follow his ambition, knows what he wants to be a politician - shouldn't have done that...', the wind continues into album's ending tune, one of their finest in fact - 'The Sun and the Rainfall'- providing the optimistic conclusion, despite uncertainty of things to come ('Things must change - we must re-arrange them...'). Melancholic but positive, it truly is sunshine after a summer's stormy shower.

And as for the band - things did change and they did re-arrange them. Big.


January 2, 2008
This is Depeche Mode's second effort and the first under the direction of Martin Gore since Vince Clarke's departure. This record takes a more darker approach than its predecessor, only containing two light hearted tracks that resemble the first album (The Meaning of Love & A Photograph of You). The rest ventures into cryptic themes and explorations of new synth sounds. The album ranges with bleak minimalistic themes (Monument, Satellite, Shouldn't Have Done That) as well as complex anthems (See You, Nothing To Fear, My Secret Garden). All in all, this is a very good record. Although the sounds and studio techniques are a little dated by today's standards, Martin's song shine brighter than ever. 4.5/5