Dave Gahan / Paper Monsters

Dave Gahan’s 2003 solo bow showcased his versatility as a bona-fide rocker sans his mechanized Mode mates.

Co-composer and renown multi-instrumentalist Knox Chandler effectively works the pocket with an occasional intriguing countermelody (“Hold On”).

However, the real jewel in this set is the ensuing Live Monsters (2004) DVD with Knox on guitar and bassist Martyn LeNoble flexing their formidable serve-the-singer-and-the-song chops on sonic concert renditions of the studio tracks, along with Depeche Mode favs which were decidedly remade and remodeled as alt-rock anthems.