Even casual Depeche Mode fans will recognize the aching vulnerability and lustful longing in these songs of faith and devotion. They have all affected me at some point, especially when I was younger. I go through both emotions at any given time. GORE doing, right now, in this magical world just beyond our reach? Borrowed songs, real passions. The album is the second in his counterfeit cover-version series. As Depeche Mode took time out following their monstrously successful "Exciter" album and world tour, Martin could easily have spent the last 18 months lying on a beach, listening to disco music.
But instead he knuckled down at his home studio in California, revisiting and reinventing songs which have touched him deeply over the years. A glittering haul of buried treasure, their only guiding spirit being the visceral emotional attachment felt by Martin towards them.
Deep emotions, I suppose. There has to be a personal connection. Even casual Depeche Mode fans will recognise the aching vulnerability and lustful longing in these songs of faith and devotion. But the track listing on "Counterfeit2" goes deeper than mere influence; it goes right to the roots of why Martin became a musician in the first place.
Here a woozy electro-glide through the strangely soothing alienation of Brian Eno's 'By This River' rubs shoulders with a techno-glam overhaul of post-fame burnout anthem 'Stardust', the weirdest David Essex tune ever to grace the Top Martin is, after all, pop's original Essex boy. But the album's most straightforward and traditionally romantic number finds Martin crooning desolately over piano and strings on Kurt Weill's deceptively jaunty hymn to a godless universe, 'Lost In The Stars'.
But the album's beatific peak is 'In My Other Word', Julee Cruise's fragrant, David Lynch-ian fable about a parallel universe where cover versions of ourselves are enjoying perfect lives.
Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Release Date April 29, Recording Location Electrical Ladyboy. Track Listing. In My Time of Dying. Martin Gore.Counterfeit² is the first full-length studio album by Martin Gore, the primary songwriter for the band Depeche Mode, and his second release (his first being Counterfeit e.p. in ).