Exciter

  • Record Label: Reprise
  • Release Date: May 15, 2001
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 63 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 63
  2. Negative: 3 out of 63

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  1. AdamX.
    Feb 28, 2002
    2
    By far the worst DM album ever made, and one of the worst I've had the displeasure of owning. Imagine Depeche Mode doing easy listening. Imagine struggling to get through the album without falling asleep. You've got Exciter. Yep, it's that bad. If you're expecting anything like any of the previous albums, forget it - the only resemblance is Gahan's voice. And even By far the worst DM album ever made, and one of the worst I've had the displeasure of owning. Imagine Depeche Mode doing easy listening. Imagine struggling to get through the album without falling asleep. You've got Exciter. Yep, it's that bad. If you're expecting anything like any of the previous albums, forget it - the only resemblance is Gahan's voice. And even that isn't enough to save it, what with the cheeseball lyrics ("Taken in by the delicate noise / Knocked to the ground by subtle thunder") and ("What chance did I have / With the silver moon / Hanging in the sky / Opening old wounds") are just a drop in the bucket of mediocrity that drowns this album. Can you tell I was really, REALLY disappointed? Expand
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 glimmers like a gentle ambient doodle with vocals: The beats are mostly minimal, closer to early Kraftwerk than to current electronica. But because Gore's songwriting is so focused and Gahan's vocal presence is so commanding, the softest songs leap to the foreground like a whisper from a lover.
  2. 70
    Though not in the same league as Some Great Reward or Violator, Exciter is a solid effort and refreshing reminder of the variety of pop music.
  3. Like nearly any DM record, Exciter, their 14th album, mostly leaves one hungry for the inevitable remixes.