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Alan Wilder Of Recoil & Depeche Mode's 13 Favourite LPs
Luke Turner , May 9th, 2011 07:29

As Short Circuit fast approaches, we talk to Alan Wilder about his 13 favourite records, and how they shaped his work in post-Depeche Mode project Recoil


Lou Reed - Berlin
It's unlike any of his other albums. The production on Berlin doesn't really reflect Lou Reed's personality, I don't think - I'm sure he likes being very simple and raw, and you get the impression he just wants to play his songs in the studio and leave again. It's a very strong production in that sense, because the producers clearly thought 'Let's do something more than that with this'. That's what I find so striking; for me, it just shows you what you can do with production, which is to take something that could be quite ordinary – although I don't think any of those songs are ordinary, actually – and turn it into something more. I don't think [producer] Bob Ezrin took an easy option. It's just genius, the way it's put together. It's so dark and depressing, and the combination of all that makes it very powerful.

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