What is the best De/Vision album ever?

What is the best De/Vision album ever?

We rated every studio album track by track

To find out which is the best De/Vision album, I did the work and rated every single album track by track. I sum­mar­ized the res­ult in a rank­ing taht you can find here. At the end of the art­icle, the val­ues are again clearly arranged, shown chro­no­lo­gic­ally in a curve graph.

Important to mention

The cre­at­ive out­put of De/Vision is enorm­ous and can't be com­pared to almost any oth­er band in the Synth Pop scene. Of course not every track can be a hit by this work­load, but De/Vision have an above aver­age num­ber of fant­ast­ic songs. The band has pro­duced 14 stu­dio albums in only 25 years. It took Depeche Mode almost 40 years for the same amount! Many thou­sand thanks to Steffen Keth and Thomas Adam for that.

The best De/Vision album charts

De/Vision - Six Feet Underground

14. Six Feet Underground

Release: 2004
Overall Rating: 3.29 ★★★☆☆
Great tracks: 6 Feet Underground, Beside You
Weak tracks: Right On Time, Klangmonaut

Let's be hon­est, 'Six Feet Underground' is an album of mediocrity. Only two of the 12 tracks are really good, the rest is okay. Definitely an album that nev­er really moved me.

  1. I'm Not Enough 3,5
  2. I'm Not Dreaming Of You 3,5
  3. Unputdownable 3
  4. Turn Me On 3,5
  5. 6 Feet Underground 4
  6. Aimee 3,5
  7. Right On Time 2
  8. Take Me Over 3,5
  9. You Are The One 3,5
  10. Beside You 4
  11. Klangmonaut 2
  12. Take Me To Heaven 3,5

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De/Vision - World Without End

13. World Without End

Release: 1994
Overall Rating: 3.4 ★★★☆☆
Great tracks: Dinner Without Grace, Your Hands On My Skin, Try To Forget
Weak tracks: The Day Before Yesterday

For a debut album 'World Without End' is a really fant­ast­ic album. The tech­nic­al qual­ity of sound and cre­ativ­ity that is delivered on this debut album is some­thing that some bands, after years of exper­i­ence, still want to reach for. It is espe­cially remark­able that the album still sounds con­tem­por­ary des­pite the many years that have passed.

  1. Dinner Without Grace 4
  2. Your Hands On My Skin 4
  3. Slum Child 3,5
  4. Perfect Mind 3,5
  5. Time Stands Still (Tonight) 3
  6. The Way You Treat Me 3,5
  7. To Be With You 3,5
  8. Falling 3
  9. The Day Before Yesterday 2
  10. Try To Forget 4

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De/Vision - Void

12. Void

Release: 2000
Overall Rating: 3.41 ★★★☆☆
Great tracks: Foreigner (Original-Version), Blue Moon (Void-Style-Version), Freedom
Weak tracks: (None)

I know that a lot of fans love the album 'Void' and want to stone me for this pos­i­tion. But wait! Even if the album occu­pies one of the lower ranks, it's not a bad record. In gen­er­al, all place­ments are made from here, does not say any­thing about the great qual­ity of De/Vision's albums. Up to the top pos­i­tion we are talk­ing about nuances and espe­cially about my per­son­al taste.

  1. Re-Invent Yourself 3
  2. Ride On A Star 3,5
  3. Self-Deception 3
  4. Foreigner (Original-Version) 4
  5. Anywhere 3,5
  6. Blue Moon (Void-Style-Version) 4
  7. Freedom 4
  8. A Prayer 3
  9. Hope Won't Die 3
  10. Give In 3,5
  11. Remember 3

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De/Vision - Two

11. Two

Release: 2001
Overall Rating: 3.6 ★★★★☆
Great tracks: Blindness, Heart-Shaped Tumour, State Of Mind
Weak tracks: (None)

An album that I listened to when it was released and then it dis­ap­peared for a long time in the CD shelf. This is anoth­er album where you can say that everything is alright. There are no bad dro­pouts or tracks that you want to skip. But it is the same with the pos­it­ive impres­sions. There are also no high­lights on the album. It drifts along and does not hurt any­body. In con­clu­sion: A great album, but at no time I can really get enthu­si­ast­ic about it.

  1. All I Ever Do 3,5
  2. Silent Moan 3,5
  3. Drowning Soul 3
  4. Heroine 3,5
  5. Blindness 4
  6. Heart-Shaped Tumour 4
  7. State Of Mind 4
  8. Escape The World 3,5
  9. Uncaring Machine 3,5
  10. Lonely Day 3,5

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De/Vision - Devolution

10. Devolution

Release: 2003
Overall Rating: 3.75 ★★★★☆
Great tracks: Sadness, Far Too Deep, Digital Dream, You Say…, Mary Jane
Weak tracks: (None)

With an aver­age rat­ing of fab­ulous 3.75 stars, 'Devolution' is only one star away from the pole pos­i­tion. A great album that already has more 4 star tracks than its pre­de­cessor 'Two'. Okay, also here we can't find any song that is really super impress­ive or would ever be played in a club. Although, maybe at a De/Vision party. Well, I'm up for it!

  1. Sadness 4
  2. When The World Disappeared 3,5
  3. Miss You More 3,5
  4. Drifting Sideways 3,5
  5. A New Dawn 3,5
  6. Far Too Deep 4
  7. Digital Dream 4
  8. You Say… 4
  9. Mary Jane 4
  10. The Day's Not Done 3,5

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De/Vision - Fairyland?

9. Fairyland?

Release: 1996
Overall Rating: 3.75 ★★★★☆
Great tracks: I Regret, Sweet Life, Harvester, Today's Life, Scars, Keep Your Dreams Alive, Bleed Me White, Take Me To The Time…, Daydreamin'
Weak tracks: Dawn, Wages Of Sin

What? 'Fairyland?' on this place­ment? Now I'm screwed! At least by a lot of die-hard De/Vision fans. But before a shit­storm erupts, let me explain. The album is an unbe­liev­able amaz­ing album and feels like it deserves a high­er pos­i­tion. Unfortunately, the two instru­ment­al tracks pre­ven­ted a high­er pos­i­tion­ing. Without the instru­ment­al tracks, which really bore me, the album would have an over­all score of a respect­able 4.1 stars. There are even some of my all-time favour­ites on this album, like the super-fant­ast­ic 'I Regret'. I kneel down in awe.

  1. I Regret 5
  2. Dawn 2
  3. Sweet Life 4
  4. Like The Sun 3,5
  5. Harvester 4
  6. Today's Life 4
  7. Scars 4,5
  8. Keep Your Dreams Alive 4
  9. Wages Of Sin 2
  10. Bleed Me White 4
  11. Take Me To The Time… 4
  12. Daydreamin' 4

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De/Vision - Subkutan

8. Subkutan

Release: 2006
Overall Rating: 4 ★★★★☆
Great tracks: Subtronic, The End, Star-Crossed Lovers, Addict, Obey Your Heart, Still Unknown, My Own Worst Enemy
Weak tracks: (None)

Personally I think with the long­play­er 'Subkutan', 'De/Vision' have man­aged to leave the mediocre albums of the early 2000s behind them. The feel­ing to finally listen to a 'De/Vision' album again, which sounds fresh and var­ied and on the oth­er hand con­tin­ues the suc­cess of the 90s. Allow me to use the ana­logy: "Like a phoenix from the ashes, a new age for De/Vision is dawn­ing". At least that's how it felt to me and for­tu­nately that's still the case until today.

  1. Subtronic 4
  2. The End 5
  3. Star-Crossed Lovers 4
  4. Addict 4
  5. Obey Your Heart 4,5
  6. No Tomorrow 3
  7. Still Unknown 4
  8. In Dir 4
  9. E‑Shock 4
  10. My Own Worst Enemy 4
  11. Not Made Of Gold 4
  12. Summer Sun 3,5

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De/Vision - Rockets + Swords

7. Rockets + Swords

Release: 2012
Overall Rating: 4.05 ★★★★☆
Great tracks: Boy Toy, Superhuman, Brotherhood Of Man, Binary Soldier, Bipolar, Mystified
Weak tracks: (None)

In the year 2012, in which Nostradamus once again proph­esied an end of the world, the almost match­ing album with the title 'Rockets + Swords' was released. The first Single was the fant­ast­ic, mel­an­chol­ic bal­lad 'Brotherhood Of Man', which De/Vision fans and I cel­eb­rated. A cour­ageous decision which was rewar­ded with excel­lent reviews.

  1. Boy Toy 4,5
  2. Superhuman 4,5
  3. Beauty Of Decay 3,5
  4. Brotherhood Of Man 5
  5. Stargazer 3,5
  6. Binary Soldier 5
  7. Want To Believe 3
  8. Bipolar 4
  9. Mystified 4
  10. Running All Night 3,5

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De/Vision - Citiybeats

6. Citybeats

Release: 2018
Overall Rating: 4.10 ★★★★☆
Great tracks: Dystopia, They Won't Silence Us, Not In My Nature, A Storm Is Rising, Last Goodbye
Weak tracks: (None)

I can remem­ber when De/Vision told me that the next album is called 'Citybeats' I was a bit scared, I admit. I imme­di­ately thought of main­stream pop hits and the main thing was to adjust everything for radioplay­ab­il­ity. Fortunately only the title of the album led me astray. The album is as usu­al a great Synth Pop opus, with great lyr­ics and again a lot of inter­est­ing sound­ing synths. Read our album review here.

  1. In The Still Of The Night 4
  2. Joys Of Paradise 4
  3. Dystopia 4
  4. They Won't Silence Us 5
  5. Not In My Nature 4,5
  6. The Brightest Star 3,5
  7. Under Heavy Fire 4
  8. A Pawn In The Game 4
  9. A Storm Is Rising 4
  10. Last Goodbye 4

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De/Vision - Noob

5. Noob

Release: 2007
Overall Rating: 4.15 ★★★★☆
Great tracks: What You Deserve, Obsolete, Life Is Suffering, Death Of Me, Flavour Of The Week, What It Feels Like
Weak tracks: (None)

Simply incred­ible! Only De/Vision can do that. Already 1 year after the excel­lent album 'Subkutan' the band releases the next strong album 'Noob'. And that without any lim­it­a­tions in qual­ity or cre­ativ­ity. The album is packed with 13 tracks of great Synth Pop anthems bey­ond compare.

  1. What You Deserve 4,5
  2. Obsolete 4,5
  3. Nine Lives 4
  4. Life Is Suffering 5
  5. Death Of Me 4,5
  6. Flavour Of The Week 5
  7. Deep Blue 3,5
  8. Love Will Find A Way (Noob-Version) 4
  9. See What I See 3
  10. Living Fast Dying Young 4
  11. The Far Side Of The Moon 3,5
  12. What It Feels Like 4,5
  13. The Enemy Inside 4

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De/Vision - Monosex

4. Monosex

Release: 1998
Overall Rating: 4.38 ★★★★☆
Great tracks: God Is Blind, We Fly… Tonight, We Might Be One For A Day, Strange Affection, Deliver Me, Hear Me Calling, Back In My Life, Heart Of Stone, New Drug
Weak tracks: God Willing

If Electrozombies had already exis­ted in 1998, the album 'Monosex' would have been the 'album of the year'. The record played in a con­tinu­ous loop and I still adore this album even today. I think at the time of the release De/Vision was even more import­ant to me than Depeche Mode. And that means some­thing! The album 'Monosex' is also part of the art­icle '20 Synth Pop mile­stones and col­lec­tion must-haves'.

  1. God Is Blind 5
  2. We Fly… Tonight 5
  3. We Might Be One For A Day 4,5
  4. Strange Affection 5
  5. Deliver Me 5
  6. Hear Me Calling 4,5
  7. Shoreline 2
  8. Back In My Life 4,5
  9. Slaves To Passion 4
  10. Drifter 4
  11. Heart Of Stone 4,5
  12. New Drug 4,5

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De/Vision - 13

3. 13

Release: 2016
Overall Rating: 4.5 ★★★★★
Great tracks: Who Am I, Essence, Where's The Light?, Synchronize, Their World
Weak tracks: (None)

What do you usu­ally call your thir­teenth stu­dio album? '13', of course. At least that's what De/Vision does. What should I say here about this almost per­fect album? We have writ­ten a detailed review of this album which you can read here.

  1. Who Am I 5
  2. Essence 5
  3. Starchild 4
  4. Where's The Light? 5
  5. Synchronize 5
  6. Prisoner 4
  7. Read Your Mind 4
  8. Their World 5
  9. Gasoline 4
  10. The Firing Line 4

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De/Vision - Unversed In Love

2. Unversed In Love

Release: 1995
Overall Rating: 4.55 ★★★★★
Great tracks: Free From Cares, Soul-Keeper, Dress Me When I Bleed, Skip This Page, Moments We Shared, Blue Moon
Weak tracks: (None)

First of all I have to say that I am as proud as fuck, because I am the own­er of the lim­ited edi­tion ver­sion of 'Unversed In Love'. Cha-Ching! I didn't buy it on any auc­tion plat­form, no, I bought it reg­u­larly in a CD shop. The older gen­er­a­tion will surely remem­ber these kind of shops. For the young­er ones: I know it might sound crazy to you, but in the past exists shops that only sell music and it's mer­chand­ise (Please don't take my iron­ic beha­viour too seriously).

'Unversed In Love' is an epic Synth Pop album and that's exactly how it starts – EPIC! It's prob­ably a stu­pid wish, but for a 'Unversed In Love 2' I would sell my black soul. But maybe the guys will dust off the syn­thes­izers used back then and redis­cov­er them for a few new songs (as a silent wish).

  1. Free From Cares 5
  2. Soul-Keeper 4,5
  3. At Night 4
  4. Dress Me When I Bleed 5
  5. Like A Sea Of Flames 4
  6. Skip This Page 5
  7. Love Me Again 4
  8. Moments We Shared 5
  9. Blue Moon 5
  10. Time 4

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De/Vision - Popgefahr

1. Popgefahr

Release: 2009
Overall Rating: 4.75 ★★★★★
Great tracks: mAndroids, Rage, What's Love All About, Time To Be Alive, Plastic Heart, Ready To Die, Flash Of Life, Twisted Story
Weak tracks: (None)

And the win­ner is: Popgefahr! When I star­ted the art­icle and set up the tables with the scores, I nat­ur­ally spec­u­lated which album would win. I felt some­where between 'Unversed In Love', 'Monosex' and 'Fairyland?'. I was sur­prised that it would end up being 'Popgefahr'. But if you go through it track by track, you notice that the album has almost no flaws and every song is exciting.

What did I cel­eb­rate the homage of Depeche Mode's 'It's No Good' (and oth­er hid­den east­er-eggs taken from the Anton Corbijn port­fo­lio) in the offi­cial music video 'Rage'. The only wish I would have had at that time would have been a Single and music video for 'mAndroids'. A track that I would play on every DJ set. Thanks for this won­der­ful album.

  1. mAndroids 5
  2. Rage 5
  3. What's Love All About 4,5
  4. Time To Be Alive 5
  5. Plastic Heart 5
  6. Be A Light To Yourself 4
  7. Ready To Die 5
  8. Flash Of Life 5
  9. Twisted Story 5
  10. Until The End Of Time 4

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