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  • Summary: The Depeche Mode vocalist's first solo release finds him working with Sigur Ros producer Ken Thomas.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Superior to both the last two Mode albums and [Martin] Gore's recent solo effort, Counterfeit 2. [Jul 2003, p.103]
  2. Lyrically autobiographical, songs deal with Gahan's trouble with relationships and intoxicants and, though they lack Gore's sense of drama and perversity, they do have a maudlin charm.
  3. Despite the amount of rock and soul that Gahan tries to inject into the stew, Paper Monsters only occasionally breaks free of the Mode paradigms.
  4. Too much reflection equals not enough action, and Gahan's halting lyrics beg for an urgency and immediacy that Monsters doesn't deliver.
  5. 60
    Not everything is as heart-stopping as the velvety, elegiac "Bitter Apple," but there's enough quality to suggest that Depeche Mode could use a few Dave Gahan songs. [#17, p.135]
  6. 60
    An intriguing companion to DM's Songs of Faith and Devotion, heady with the lexicon of addiction and redemption. [Jun 2003, p.110]
  7. 60
    Gahan's lyrical moochings are inevitably less assured without his umbilical cord to [Martin] Gore, at times bordering on moon-in-June banality. [Jun 2003, p.108]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. tudorc
    May 29, 2003
    10
    very good. something that was a need
  2. sven
    Jun 7, 2003
    10
    An excellent debut album
  3. LisaB
    Mar 30, 2007
    10
    Have always been a great Depeche fan and Dave can do no wrong in my opinion - what a voice! I also admire him greatly for staying clean and Have always been a great Depeche fan and Dave can do no wrong in my opinion - what a voice! I also admire him greatly for staying clean and dry and for opening up his heart in this album. Expand
  4. Luca
    Jun 22, 2003
    9
    Much better than Gore's solo album (which is too boring for my likes..). A great first album and with no doubt best tracks are "hidden Much better than Gore's solo album (which is too boring for my likes..). A great first album and with no doubt best tracks are "hidden Houses" and "Bitter Apple". Expand
  5. MATTD
    Jul 4, 2003
    7
    I have always been a devoted DM fan. I find this album, over all, liitle overindulgent and melancholy. I still love Daves style and the rich I have always been a devoted DM fan. I find this album, over all, liitle overindulgent and melancholy. I still love Daves style and the rich sound, but it needs more shining stars like Dirty Sticky Floors and Hidden Houses. Hats off to Dave for overcoming his adversities. His self contentment is evident in the DVD. Expand
  6. V.
    Jan 23, 2004
    1
    The lyrics are the only part Mr. Gahan wrote entirely alone - and imo they are weak. And for the music... I listened to the album several The lyrics are the only part Mr. Gahan wrote entirely alone - and imo they are weak. And for the music... I listened to the album several times to find some kind of an own style, something that made it a unit - nothing. For me its just an overproduced bunch of ideas that were not ready to be songs. Sorry, but if he would have been a real newcomer, most critics would not even have taken notice. Expand
  7. maritnsk
    Apr 21, 2005
    1
    very poor work. just a waste of time...

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