Beginner’s guide to Recoil

From its humble beginnings as a Depeche Mode spin-off, Alan Wilder‘s Recoil project has come to be something quite unique. If you haven’t come across it before, you might find it a little difficult to get started, so here are some pointers…

Key moments

You probably won’t have even heard of Recoil unless you’re a Depeche Mode fan, and even if you are, you might well not have heard any of the actual releases. That’s absolutely no reason to steer clear!

Where to start

Jump straight in with 1997’s Unsound Methods – it’s a challenging listen, and if you don’t like this, you’re unlikely to really appreciate anything else from Recoil.

What to buy

Apart from Unsound Methods, the other essential albums are Bloodline (1992), and Liquid (2000). Having digested these, track down the extended EP Hydrology (1988).

Don’t bother with

1+2 (1987), unless you get it packaged with Hydrology. It’s far from bad, but it’s really nothing special either – just a very experimental Depeche Mode side project. The most recent release SubHuman (2007) has its moments, but is largely forgettable.

Hidden treasure

Moby‘s 1992 remix of Faith Healer is worth hearing, although it isn’t as good as the original, and despite what I said above, a couple of tracks from SubHuman are worth having, particularly Prey and 99 to Life.

For stowaways

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2 thoughts on “Beginner’s guide to Recoil

  1. I’d say that “Bloodline” is Recoil’s most accessible album. Also I think that “Edge to Life” (featuring Toni Halliday from Curve) is his best song.

  2. Pingback: The complete beginner’s guide | Music for stowaways

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