Paper Monsters

Paper Monsters

by Dave GahanDave Gahan


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On his solo debut, Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan doesn't stray far from the hypnotic electronic dance pop made famous by his two decade-spanning band. The lead single, the honky-tonk rocker "Dirty Sticky Floors," is reminiscent of DP's devilish "Personal Jesus," with background vocals that recall Gahan's androgynous bandmate, Martin Gore. With Gahan taking the reins, however, the bulk of Paper Monsters lacks the ingredient that fuels Depeche Mode, the contrasting vocal chemistry between Gahan's baritone and Gore's falsetto-prone delivery. On the other hand, the absence of Gore -- who pens most of DP's hits -- allowed Gahan the creative freedom to co-write all ten of the album's songs and to work with producer Ken Thomas (Sigur Rós), who lends the album a less ominous rock sound. Lyrically, Gahan hews to themes he's explored with Depeche, such as addiction (the synth-driven "I Need You") and redemption (the symphonic "Black & Blue Again"). He does switch gears, however, on the sparse and haunting "Stay," which pushes his pleading vocals to the fore and suggests the Alan Parson Project's dreamy "Time." Although the disc falters on the corny "Hidden Houses," which sounds like a Goth Scooby-Doo theme, Paper Monsters offers more than enough thrills to satisfy even the most critical Depeche Mode diehards.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/03/2003
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624847120
catalogNumber: 48471
Rank: 87999

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Gahan   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Glockenspiel,Keyboards,Vocals,fender rhodes
Knox Chandler   Dulcimer,Bass,Guitar,Cello,Keyboards,Sampling,Vibes
Paul Garisto   Drums
Victor Indrizzo   Drums
Dee Lewis   Background Vocals
Doug Petty   Piano
Jane Scarpantoni   Cello
Antoine Silverman   Violin
Joan Wasser   Violin
David Gold   Viola
Maxim Moston   Violin

Technical Credits

Knox Chandler   Programming,String Arrangements
Ken Thomas   Producer
Anton Corbijn   Art Direction
John Collyer   Programming
Jonathan Adler   Engineer

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