Susan Boyle’s Depeche Mode “Enjoy The Silence” Cover: Compare The Versions

Robbie Daw | September 29, 2011 9:58 am

On her previous two albums, golden-voiced Scottish vixen Susan Boyle has covered such unlikely artists as Madonna, the Monkees and Lou Reed. And as we know, her upcoming LP Someone To Watch Over Me (out November 1) will contain what some may consider to be another musical leap: Susan’s eerily slowed-down rendition of Depeche Mode’s 1990 smash “Enjoy The Silence.” Rolling Stone premiered the track today. Give it a listen, and compare it to DM’s original version below. When “Enjoy The Silence” first arrived 21 years ago as the haunting, synth-drenched second single off Depeche Mode’s multi-Platinum LP Violator, it heralded yet another breakthrough for the growing surge of alternative pop-rock in the early ’90s. The song peaked at #8 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart, marking the band’s first (and so far only) Top 10 hit in the States.

We could have told you without even hearing the cover that Boyle and her team wouldn’t attempt a similar dance-pop vibe with the arrangement. Instead, the track is completely reworked as a sort of dream-like, Coldplay-esque number, with SuBo’s vocals echoing across a wall-of-sound instrumentation. For the climax, a guitar riff and choir sound off before the song ends with few somber piano chords.

Do you think Susan did Depeche Mode proud with her cover of their classic hit? Let us know below!