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The Singles 86-98

Highest Chart Position: 5 (UK), 38 (USA)

Tracks :

Disc 1

01 - Stripped

02 - A Question Of Lust

03 - A Question Of Time

04 - Strangelove

05 - Never Let Me Down Again

06 - Behind The Wheel

07 - Personal Jesus

08 - Enjoy The Silence

09 - Policy Of Truth

10 - World In My Eyes

Disc 2

01 - I Feel You

02 - Walking In My Shoes

03 - Condemnation

04 - In Your Room

05 - Barrel Of A Gun

06 - It's No Good

07 - Home

08 - Useless

09 - Only When I Lose Myself

10 - Little 15

11 - Everything Counts (Live)

In your room - The Late Show with David Letterman (US) -  02 november 1998

It took Depeche Mode only four years to assemble their first singles compilation, but 12 to assemble The Singles 86>98. Appropriately, the second set was much more ambitious than The Singles 81>85, spanning two discs and 20 songs, plus a live version of "Everything Counts." The Singles 86>98 was an album that many fans, both casual and hardcore, waited patiently for, and for good reason -- Depeche Mode were always more effective as a singles band than as album artists.

That's not to say that the double-disc compilation is perfect. DM's output fluctuated wildly during those 12 years, as the group hit both career highs and lows. It's possible to hear it all on this set, from "Strangelove" and "Never Let Me Down Again," through "Personal Jesus" and "Enjoy the Silence," to "I Feel You" and "Barrel of a Gun." It's possible that some casual listeners will find that the collection meanders a bit too much for their tastes, but the end result is definitive and, along with The Singles 81>85, ranks as Depeche Mode's best, most listenable album.

by Ned Raggett (