• Record Label: Reprise
  • Release Date: May 15, 2001
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. 'Exciter' stakes a hell of a claim on bringing Depeche Mode into the 21st century.
  2. 60
    Without the dread, the songs can come across without drama.
  3. From a production standpoint, the record sounds great, but at its core, it comes up empty, lacking a solid foundation of good songs to rest its adventurous studio trickery upon.... It's the most frustrating type of album there is-- one that's full of promise and shining moments, but never fully delivers.
  4. 50
    Exciter is basically a vehicle for Martin Gore's increasingly formulaic songs... [June 2001, p.155]
  5. For the first time in a long time, one can actually listen to David Gahan's lyrics. Indeed, on Exciter, he has rarely sounded less moronic.
  6. David Gahan, is in excellent voice throughout, whispering and cooing delicately into the mike in a way that is really quite rewarding.... It's what he's given to sing is where the problem lies.
  7. In fact Gahan, whose ill health hampered the making of Ultra, has rarely sound more potent. This time it's Martin Gore who's out of puff. No amount of fashionable tweaking can hide the flimsiness of his offerings...
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. MatiasM
    Aug 25, 2005
    10
    Excellent!!!!
  2. DexStud
    Jul 29, 2009
    7
    At times very beautiful and melodic. Dave Gahan sings like an angel. However most of the songs lack a specail zing that would make the album At times very beautiful and melodic. Dave Gahan sings like an angel. However most of the songs lack a specail zing that would make the album great instead of good. Full Review »
  3. AndrewT
    May 14, 2007
    10
    It´s one of the best sites in the web