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Hourglass (Special Edition) [CD+DVD]

Dave Gahan Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (22 Oct 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000VVS1MM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,553 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Saw Something
2. Kingdom
3. Deeper And Deeper
4. 21 Days
5. Miracles
6. Use You
7. Insoluble
8. Endless
9. A Little Lie
10. Down
Disc: 2
1. Hourglass. A Short Film
2. Kingdom (Video)
3. Hourglass. The Studio Sessions
4. Endless from Hourglass. The Studio Sessions
5. Easter Egg #1
6. Easter Egg #2
7. Easter Egg #3

Product Description

DAVID GAHAN Hourglass (2007 UK 2-disc [CD/DVD] album set - Produced by Dave with Christian Eigner & Andrew Phillpott [Depeche Mode touring band] Hourglass reflects Gahans growth as a songwriter. Comprising a 10-track CD album featuring thesingles Kingdom Saw Something & Deeper And Deeper; plus the Bonus DVD containing a short film Kingdom music video 2 studio sessions and 3 Hidden Easter Eggs. Issued in the sealed & stickered card picture slipcase!)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All I ever wanted. All I ever needed... 28 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
I have heard this album through in it's entirety and I can safely say it VERY good indeed!
The songs ARE more electronic than Paper Monsters and that is no bad thing. It's a very very good thing. it works. I can't wait for Dave to release more albums like this. Maybe Martin Gore should do a solo album of his own original material AND depeche mode. Or am I just being greedy.
The lead single Kingdom doesn't feel like it fits in when you listen to the other songs.

This is such an improvement over his previous album Paper Monsters. Imagine combining the ambience of Exciter with the electronic sounds and scratches of Playing The Angel and you are some way to describing Hourglass. Hauntingly beautiful in places this ooze atmosphere.
Dave Gahans voice just gets better each time I hear it and I now firmly believe he has one of the best voices in Pop/rock (whatever genre this is).

It is hard to find something to criticise but I spose the same criticism could be levelled at the paper monsters album in that there is no obvious catchy tunes, but that is what depeche is for I guess.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars true to his muse 8 Oct 2007
By Mr. M. A. Reed TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
If you love Depeche Mode, give this a try.

Following on from his debut solo release "Paper Monsters", David Gahan returns with his fourth album since 2001's "Exciter." Generally, by the time people get to their forties, they slow down, jettison any form of artistic endeavour, make sucky records through habit, addicted to the musical treadmill of occasional releases and long holidays. Gahan meanwhile, now he has kicked the drugs, is fast discovering his muse and putting out stuff with the frequency of a new start.

Using the same songwriting team of Gahan (with Andrew Philpott and Mode drummer Christian Eigner) that birthed some of the last Mode album, "Hourglass" is just like Depeche Mode... but different. Overall, it's a darker, moodier experience than a Mode album, Mode Noir, if you like. But it's still obviously following on from the same tradition of Gahan's previous work.

Just like Bananarama, you can take the man out of Depeche Mode, but not the Mode out of the man. Despite having no songwriting input for the first 25 years of Mode's career, Gahan proves that it's not just the voice he gave the band but some kind of mysterious spirit. And the spirit is here in abundance. Lead single "Kingdom" is by no means the best thing on here : "Deeper and Deeper" is a dense, thrilling cataclysm of sound, abetted by a wall of dirty guitars and Gahan's own haunted vocals. "Endless" is equally pounding, with a relentless rhythm adding an air of menace to the proceedings. But ultimately it all sounds like Depeche Mode, to a certain extent. Just a darker, more introspective version of the band, shorn of the ambitions to write enormous hits of pain and suffering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mature, intensive, enthralling - a unique Dave! 16 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
The first three songs on the CD are absolutely awesome: Saw something" is a wonderful electronic ballad that starts really slow and ends with a brilliant climax, so that you only want to close your eyes and let yourself fall into the arms of someone else. It is an excellent song and it has been a long time ago, that I have ever heard a song that really captured my heart like this. The second song Kingdom" is a great dancetrack and is going to be one of these classic songs. Deeper and deeper" is a song where people will have different opinions about: Either you'll hate it or you'll love it. I loved this song from the first tunes. It is smashing, fast, aggressive, evil" and great for dancing.

21 Days" sounds dark, slow and Dave has a real penetrating voice that sounds extremely sexy and which really turns me on. It reminds me a bit of DM Ultra" times. The next song is the ballade Miracles" that starts with an electronic sound layer, followed by Dave's striking slow voice and lyrics pointing out what I think and feel too. Use you" sounds a bit like former DM songs. It's a great dance track, falling in the categorie nasty, evil, sexy and dangerous". Insoluble" is a kind of ingenious ballade starting with strong electro sounds that are really exciting, ambitious and diversified.

Endless" is the most wicked song on this album. I have never heard some tunes like this before. It starts with some electrobeats which sound like the volume is consistently openend and closed. Dave's voice appears in an extremely resound and hypnotic way. I love this song and I am addicted to it. It's wicked, lush, sexy and a good song for DM partys. A little lie" is a wonderfull balade with strong drums and great guitar tones that remind me of very old Simple Minds songs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow - where'd this come from ? 15 Oct 2007
By Merf
Format:Audio CD
I'm a huge Mode fan, have been for years but Dave Gahan's first solo effort was decidely so-so in my eyes.

This though is amazing, its more 'Mode' than the bands last couple of efforts and sounds like the offspring of Personal Jesus and Useless.

Use Me in particular is one of the best songs he's ever recorded, in the band or not, and for me tops even the mighty Personal Jesus, its a huge sounding sing a long rocker and can't fail to be anything but amazing when/if performed live.

a really strong effort and bearing in mind what the future looked liked for fans of his a few years ago something that should be enjoyed and treasured.
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Published 1 month ago by Gabor Domoszlai
5.0 out of 5 stars That's more like it Dave!!
I have grown up with DM since their tinkly-bonk early years through to their fantastically dark and moody Violator/Songs of Faith times. Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2008 by N. Cassidy
4.0 out of 5 stars A Real Mix
I have been a Depeche Mode fan since 'See You' way back in 1982. I wasn't sure whether or not I should buy this album as I didn't like Paper Monsters much. Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2007 by danielc
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Can't Get Enough! Brilliant.
What a brilliant second album release.

Saw Something - The 2nd release from Hourglass, a rocky ballad - tremendous haunting vocals from Dave Gahan. Read more
Published on 14 Nov 2007 by S. Suthers
5.0 out of 5 stars SUBLIME, SUPERB...AND REALLY CRUNCHY AND TASTY !
This totally threw me!

Paper monsters sounded tame, and anodyne compared to this.

The sound of this is quite similar to PLAYING THE ANGEL, but as gahan is... Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2007 by Mr. S. R. Dhain
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album!
The whole album is really great, but I mostly like "Saw Something" and "Down"! For me these two songs are among the best songs ever written! Enjoy it!:-)
Published on 3 Nov 2007 by T. A. Nikolaev
4.0 out of 5 stars Creditable solo work
This album is excellant! A bit more digital than normal DM stuff, but still using guitar riffs from Paper Monsters. Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2007 by B. J. Farmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than paper Monsters
In my opinion Depeche Mode have never recovered since the departure of Alan Wilder, he added a musical integrity to Martin Gore's lyrics and Dave's voice that was lacking on... Read more
Published on 25 Oct 2007 by P. Francis
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