Ultra is Depeche Mode's ninth full-length album, which was released by Mute Records on 14 April 1997. The album was the band's first since the departure of Alan Wilder, who had left the band in 1995 having become disillusioned with life in Depeche Mode. Wilder's leaving and lead singer Dave Gahan's drug problems, which culminated in a near-fatal overdose, had caused many people to speculate that the band was finished.
Ultra debuted at #1 in the UK Albums Chart and at #5 in the Billboard 200 with sales of 90,000 copies, and producing several hit singles. As of April 2006, Ultra has sold more than 584,000 units in the US. Although the project was initially conceived as an EP, Ultra was the band's longest album to date, clocking in at one hour.
This is their first album as a trio since 1982's A Broken Frame.
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