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Black Celebration

  1. Black Celebration 4.57
  2. Let's have a black celebration
    Black celebration
    Tonight
    To celebrate the fact
    That we've seen the back
    Of another black day
    I look to you
    How you carry on
    When all hope is gone
    Can't you see
    Your optimistic eyes
    Seem like paradise
    To someone like
    Me
    I want to take you
    In my arms
    Forgetting all I couldn't do today
    Black celebration
    Black celebration
    Tonight
    To celebrate the fact
    That we've seen the back
    Of another black day
    I look to you
    And your strong belief
    Me I want relief
    Tonight
    Consolation
    I want so much
    Want to feel your touch
    Tonight
    Take me in your arms
    Forgetting all you couldn't do today
    Black celebration
    I'll drink to that
    Black celebration
    Tonight
  3. Fly On The Windscreen (Final) 5.19
  4. Death is everywhere
    There are flies on the windscreen
    For a start
    Reminding us
    We could be torn apart
    Tonight
    Death is everywhere
    There are lambs for the slaughter
    Waiting to die
    And I can sense
    The hours slipping by
    Tonight
    Come here
    Kiss me
    Now
    Come here
    Kiss me
    Now
    Death is everywhere
    The more I look
    The more I see
    The more I feel
    A sense of urgency
    Tonight
    Come here
    Touch me
    Kiss me
    Touch me
    Now
    Touch me
    Touch me
    There are flies on the windscreen
    There are lambs for the slaughter
    There are flies on the windscreen
    Come here
    Touch me
    Kiss me
    Touch me
    Now
    Touch me
    Touch me
  5. A Question Of Lust 4.22
  6. Fragile
    Like a baby in your arms
    Be gentle with me
    I'd never willingly
    Do you harm
    Apologies
    Are all you ever seem to get from me
    But just like a child
    You make me smile
    When you care for me
    And you know...
    It's a question of lust
    It's a question of trust
    It's a question of not letting
    What we've built up
    Crumble to dust
    It is all of these things and more
    That keep us together
    Independence
    Is still important for us though (we realise)
    It's easy to make
    The stupid mistake
    Of letting go (do you know what I mean)
    My weakness
    You know each and every one (it frightens me)
    But I need to drink
    More than you seem to think
    Before I'm anyone's
    And you know...
    It's a question of lust
    It's a question of trust
    It's a question of not letting
    What we've built up
    Crumble to dust
    It is all of these things and more
    That keep us together
    Kiss me goodbye
    When I'm on my own
    But you know that I'd
    Rather be home
    It's a question of lust
    It's a question of trust
    It's a question of not letting
    What we've built up
    Crumble to dust
    It is all of these things and more
    That keep us together
  7. Sometimes 1.54
  8. Sometimes
    Only sometimes
    I question everything
    And I'm the first to admit
    If you catch me in a mood like this
    I can be tiring
    Even embarassing
    But you must
    Feel the same
    When you look around
    You can't tell me honestly
    You're happy with what you see
    Oh sometimes
    Only sometimes
    You must be...
    You must be...
    As embarassing as me
    Sometimes
  9. It Doesn't Matter Two 2.51
  10. As I lay here with you
    The shame lies with us
    We talk of love and trust
    That doesn't matter
    Though we may be the last in the world
    We feel like pioneers
    Telling hopes and fears
    To one another
    And oh what a feeling
    Inside of me
    It might last for an hour
    Wounds aren't healing
    Inside of me
    Though it feels good now
    I know it's only for now
    The feeling is intense
    You grip me with your eyes
    And then I realise
    It doesn't matter
  11. A Question Of Time 4.09
  12. I've got to get to you first
    Before they do
    It's just a question of time
    Before they lay their hands on you
    And make you just like the rest
    I've got to get to you first
    It's just a question of time
    Well now you're only fifteen
    And you look good
    I'll take you under my wing
    Somebody should
    They've persuasive ways
    And you'll believe what they say
    It's just a question of time
    It's running out for you
    It won't be long
    Until you do
    Exactly what they want you to
    I can see them nowHanging around
    To mess you up
    To strip you down
    And have their fun
    With my little one
    It's just a question of time
    It's running out for you
    It won't be long
    Until you do
    Exactly what they want you to
    It won't be long
    Until you do
    Exactly what they want you to
    Sometimes I don't blame them
    For wanting you
    You look good
    And they need something to do
    Until I look at you
    And then I condemn them
    I know my kind
    What goes on in our minds
    It's just a question of timeIt should be better
    It's just a question of time
    It should be better with you
    It's just a question of time
  13. Stripped 4.17
  14. Come with me
    Into the trees
    We'll lay on the grass
    And let the hours pass
    Take my hand
    Come back to the land
    Let's get away
    Just for one day
    Let me see you
    Stripped down to the bone
    Let me see you
    Stripped down to the bone
    Metropolis
    Has nothing on this
    You're breathing in fumes
    I taste when we kiss
    Take my hand
    Come back to the land
    Where everything's ours
    For a few hours
    Let me see you
    Stripped down to the bone
    Let me see you
    Stripped down to the bone
    Let me hear you
    Make decisions
    Without your television
    Let me hear you speaking
    Just for me
    Let me see you
    Stripped down to the bone
    Let me hear you speaking
    Just for me
    Let me see you
    Stripped down to the bone
    Let me hear you crying
    Just for me
  15. Here Is The House 4.16
  16. Here is the house
    Where it all happened
    Those tender moments
    Under this roof
    Body and soul come together
    As we come closer together
    And as it happens
    It happens here
    In this house
    And I feel your warmth
    And it feels like home
    And there's someone
    Calling on the telephone
    Let's stay home
    It's cold outside
    And I have so much
    To confide to you
    With or without words
    I'll confide everything
    Here is the house
    Where it all happened
    Those tender moments
    Under this roof
    Body and soul come together
    As we come closer together
    And as it happens
    It happens here
    In this house
    So we stay at home
    And I'm by your side
    And you know
    What's going on inside
    Inside my heart
    Inside this house
    And I just want to
    Let it out for you
    And I feel your warmth
    And it feels like home
    And I feel your warmth
    And it feels like home
    Here is the house
    Where it all happened
    Those tender moments
    Under this roof
    Body and soul come together
    As we come closer together
  17. World Full Of Nothing 2.48
  18. Close
    Naked
    Skin on skin
    Tears are falling
    Tears of joy
    Her first boy
    His first girl
    Makes a change
    In a world full of nothing
    Though it's not love
    It means something
    She's lonely
    And he says
    It's for her only
    That he lusts
    She doesn't trust him
    Nothing is true
    But he will do
    In a world full of nothing
    Though it's not love
    It means something
    It's easy to slip away
    And believe it all
    Though it's not love
    It means something
  19. Dressed In Black 2.34
  20. She's dressed in black again
    And I'm falling down again
    Down to the floor again
    I'm begging for more again
    But oh what can you do
    When she's dressed in black
    My mind wanders endlessly
    On paths where she's leading me
    With games that she likes to play
    And words that she doesn't say
    Not when whe're alone
    And she's dressed in black
    As a picture of herself
    She's a picture of the world
    A reflection of you
    A reflection of me
    And it's all there to see
    If you only give in
    To the fire within
    Dressed in black again
    Shadows fall onto me
    As she stands there over me
    And waits to encompass me
    I lay here helplessly
    But oh what can you do
    When she's dressed in black
    Dressed in black again
  21. New Dress 3.45
  22. Sex jibe husband murders wife
    Bomb blast victim fights for life
    Girl Thirteen attacked with knife
    Princess Di is wearing a new dress
    Jet airliner shot from sky
    Famine horror millions die
    Earthquake terror figures rise
    Princess Di is wearing a new dress
    You can't change the world
    But you can change the facts
    And when you change the facts
    You change points of view
    If you change points of view
    You may change a vote
    And when you change a vote
    You may change the world
    In black townships fires blaze
    Prospects better premier says
    Within sight are golden days
    Princess Di is wearing a new dress
    You can't change the world
    But you can change the facts
    And when you change the facts
    You change points of view
    If you change points of view
    You may change a vote
    And when you change a vote
    You may change the world
    Princess Di is wearing a new dress

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キース・リチャーズは「俺はCDが嫌いだ!」と訴えていましたが、本作をアナログで聴いてみると、決してキースの意見は老人のたわごとじゃないことがわかります。
「ブラック・セレブレーション」から「フライ・オン・ザ・ウィンドスクリーン」につながる箇所の興奮は、CDではあまり味わえないのでは。
アナログ以前に、デペッシュ・モードとはどんなバンドか、ということを知りたい方にも、お勧めできます。このお値段ですからね。

"Industrial-pop"と別れを告げたDepecheModeの分岐点

"Let's have a black celebration(闇祭?)"で始まり、2曲目の"Flies on the widescreen. Lambs for the slaughter(生贄?)"でズルズル闇の世界に引きずり込まれて行きます。で、シングルカットされた3曲目"A question of lust. A question of trust(不信?)"。4曲目の"Sometime"、5曲目の"It doesn't matter two(不和?)"、"A question of time. It's running out for you.(催促?)"とA面は延々となんだか対人不信だか不安を煽って誘うような曲が続き、最初のシングルカット"Stripped(曝け出せ?)"で新しいDepecheModeの世界に更に引きずり込むみたいな感じですかね…。
待ちわびて発売日に購入し初めて聞いた子供だった当時、このアルバムの前に出たシングル"Shake the disease"で「この苦しみを理解してくれ」と泣き叫んだDepecheModeは、とうとう精神も病んで鬱病になったんじゃないかと非常にショックを受けたものでした(笑)。それまでのDepecheModeは、独特の冷めた目線で社会を痛烈に批判した挑発的な曲(と普通の恋愛ソング)で売ってたのに…。"New dress"はダイアナ妃を批判した社会派ですが、歌詞が直接的過ぎでシニカルじゃないし(それでも、"New dress"と普通っぽい恋愛ソング"But not tonight"の2曲だけはそれまでのDepecheModeのイメージに近い)。音は重厚さを増してるんですが全曲テンポはスローで暗く、それまでの機械的な重低音"industrial-pop"でガンガン来るDepecheModeが好きだっただけにガッカリしたのを覚えてます。とにかく、当時は歌詞が理解できなかった。
流石、どの曲もメロディーは美しく、(どこか独善的な)歌詞もMartinGoreの私的な詩なのかなと思えば害も無く、個人的にどんな事があったのかは知りませんが、まぁ、そんな時期もあるのかな。実際、MartinGoreがリードボーカルを採ってる曲が多いのも、このアルバムの特徴でもあります。これ以降のDepecheModeは、ある種宗教がかった、聞く人個人に語り掛けるようなどちらかというと内向きな内容の曲を多く世に送り出し、一部のファンの間で絶対的なカリスマ性を得て時には神格化されて行きます。
案の定、(カラーが明らかに変わった)このアルバムはセールス的にイマイチで、このアルバム後" Music For The Masses"で大衆に媚びると高らかに宣言し、アメリカ進出も大成功して世界的なバンドに成って行くのでした。めでたし、めでたし。
ただ、アメリカでメジャーに成ったのは" Music For The Masses"以降だったにも関わらず、ディープなDepecheModeファンの間ではこのアルバムを"Violator"と並ぶ最高傑作にあげる人が多いのも事実です。
という事で、ここの大多数の書き込みに反して、個人的にはこのアルバムはあまり好きではありませんが、DepecheModeの分岐点と言われる(タイトル通り)記念すべき作品でもあります。ハマって行く人の気持ちも分からなくもないですが、私にとってはDepecheModeから心が離れて行く分岐点でした…。

ロバスミ

アルバムの内容はこれもまたファンには最高のお気に入りの作品。DVDはレコーディングの模様やインタビューなどボリューム満点です。あと、ロバートスミスがチラッと映ってますよ。 再生にはリージョンフリーのプレイヤーが必要。日本語字幕付です。(Rhino、US盤) 

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まさに、珠玉の1枚。
このアルバムこそ、頂点・集大成・到達点・そして宝箱。
この世の終わりまで、語り継がれるべき、サウンドコラージュ

今でも素晴らしい

高校の時にレコードもってました。今聞いても素晴らしい。前とは違うかもしれまないけど引き込まれました。20年たってるのに凄いの一言です。切ない系の歌詞や曲はいまでも涙がでるくらいです。何年経ってもいい歌はいいものなんですね。

電源の状態が良い深夜に聞くのがお勧め

何かの儀式でも始まるかの様なタイトル曲のイントロの導入部からグイグイ引き込まれ、まるで堕ちてゆくかのごとく恍惚感に浸っている内に幕を閉じる。ダークでクールなアレンジながらも陰気臭くならない美しいメロディライン。SEE YOU(曲では一番好き)程の牧歌的な曲は無いけれども、見事な統一感で最後まで飽きさせない。マーティンゴアのソングライターとしての手腕を最も感じさせる、デペッシュのアルバム中、一番完成度の高い作品だと思います。

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