Counterfeit 2 - Martin L. Gore
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  • Summary: The Depeche Mode songwriter's second solo album is just like his first (1989's 'Counterfeit'): all covers. Here, he tackles Brian Eno's "By This River," The Velvet Underground's "Candy Says" (oh my), Nick Cave's "In My Time of Dying," Iggy Pop's "Tiny Girls," and seven other works by yourThe Depeche Mode songwriter's second solo album is just like his first (1989's 'Counterfeit'): all covers. Here, he tackles Brian Eno's "By This River," The Velvet Underground's "Candy Says" (oh my), Nick Cave's "In My Time of Dying," Iggy Pop's "Tiny Girls," and seven other works by your favorite artists. Expand
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  1. Gore's reworkings sparkle with visceral emotion, aching vulnerability, and sublime intensity.
  2. The downside of Counterfeit2 is its uniformity.
  3. This record is a high-quality package of music that will keep most DM fans happy, but is not exactly earth-shaking in any way.
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    Gore's brittle choirboy voice lacks the depth and grandeur of Gahan's, but he still gamely takes on some adventurous choices. [Jun 2003, p.108]
  5. The problem lies in Gore's lack of emotional and musical range.
  6. Gore is almost too polite to these songs, but surely that can be forgiven when his love for them is so apparent.
  7. While his taste is textbook classic, his arrangements are not. [May 2003, p.104]

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  1. SpiderJerusalem
    Jun 27, 2003
    10
    Finally. The most soothing soundtrack to make love to has been made. Praise Gore.
  2. TomaszK
    Apr 30, 2003
    10
    Very Good
  3. LissetteC.
    May 8, 2003
    10
    I love it! he adds his special m.gore touch to it. the best!!!!!
  4. ChrisH
    May 9, 2003
    9
    The Gore sung songs have always been my favorite in Depeches catalogue. So a whole album of Gore is a treat for me. Highlights are "Stardust" The Gore sung songs have always been my favorite in Depeches catalogue. So a whole album of Gore is a treat for me. Highlights are "Stardust" "In My Time Of Dying" and "Loverman". He was amazing this past week in LA as well. Expand
  5. UgoU
    Jul 6, 2003
    9
    A great album of covers rivisited by a great songwriter
  6. westra26
    Feb 17, 2006
    8
    Cool covers of weel known songs
  7. KevinS
    Apr 30, 2003
    7
    Martin Gore of Depeche Mode fame does covers of his favorite songs. How cool is that? While few songs suffer from a lack of emotion, most are Martin Gore of Depeche Mode fame does covers of his favorite songs. How cool is that? While few songs suffer from a lack of emotion, most are very beautiful and relaxing. The best songs are "Stardust", John Lennon's "Oh My Love", and "Lost in the Stars", which sounds like it came right off of Broadway. If you're looking for the electronic music of Depeche Mode, you won't find it here, but if you're looking for beautiful ballads that remind us of older days, you have come to the right place. Expand

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