SSSS - VCMG
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  • Band members: Martin Gore, Vince Clarke
  • Summary: Ssss is the debut electronic release from Depeche Mode's Vince Clarke and Martin Gore. They last worked together on 1981's Speak & Spell, after which Clarke left to form Yazoo (Yaz in the US).
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Ssss is absorbing techno to listen to and proof that well written music outscores clever production tricks any day of the week.
  2. 80
    A stern but playful combination of caustic menace and bright hooks.
  3. It's nevertheless a hugely enjoyable ride, Clarke and Gore's duelling synths creating an entirely instrumental soundtrack to the sci-fi movie playing inside your own head.
  4. 70
    Ssss may not be the album expected by longtime Depeche Mode fans, but for those who still appreciate mid-tempo techno, the vinyl is definitely worthy of coveted crate space.
  5. Mar 12, 2012
    65
    10 tracks of the kind of fierce, instrumental, no-bullshit techno that was as left-field popular in 1988 as 1998 as 2008. It's often witty, with a kind of robots-running-amok charm, and always attention-grabbing, at least in small doses. But friendly it ain't.
  6. Mar 13, 2012
    60
    The New Wave equivalent of the Rocky/ Apollo rematch at the end of Rocky III.
  7. Mar 15, 2012
    20
    Nothing on this album is new, nor is it a fresh take on over-tread electronic music ground.

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  1. Apr 3, 2012
    6
    Vince Clarke and Martin Gore of Depeche Mode as VCMG just released their debut album "SSSS" maintained in the style of techno, sometimes wellVince Clarke and Martin Gore of Depeche Mode as VCMG just released their debut album "SSSS" maintained in the style of techno, sometimes well in club music. Although the album is a good quality one, you could argue for ex. moments of simplicity and longueur. The compositions have expressive electronic accents that would be better presented in a slightly truncated form. Expand