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Songs of Faith and Devotion


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Groundbreaking, chart-topping electronic legends Depeche Mode return in April 2009 with their most dazzling and diverse album in decades. Sounds Of The Universe finds Martin Gore, Dave Gahan and Andy “Fletch” Fletcher back at the top of their game after almost 30 years together. Eclectic and energised, they sound like a band reborn.

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  • Audio CD (2 Oct 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000GFLI3M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,886 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Feel You (2006 Digital Remaster)
2. Walking In My Shoes (2006 Digital Remaster)
3. Condemnation (2006 Digital Remaster)
4. Mercy In You (2006 Digital Remaster)
5. Judas (2006 Digital Remaster)
6. In Your Room (2006 Digital Remaster)
7. Get Right With Me (2006 Digital Remaster)
8. Rush (2006 Digital Remaster)
9. One Caress (2006 Digital Remaster)
10. Higher Love (2006 Digital Remaster)

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Songs Of Faith & Devotion, an explosive Billboard #1 album when it was released in '93, continued the band's winning streak and introduced the Top 40 smash "I Feel You." Also features the classic tracks "Condemnation," "Walking In My Shoes," and "In Your Room," the focal point of the album's blend of the personal and the spiritual.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By John David Charles Hilton on 4 Aug 2005
Format: Audio CD
Now seems an ideal time to take a new look at this mighty album. How does it sound thirteen years on? At the time it came at the end of a run of three classic albums (with its two predecessors Music for the Masses and Violator).
With Violator Depeche Mode had taken the familiar electronics about as far as they could go. They had also gathered their biggest world wide audience so far. SOFAD represented a complete rethink of the DM ethos. From the opening I Feel You you are aware that this represented something new, the only real precusor to this album being Personal Jesus. But SOFAD took everything further, harder, richer. There are more guitars, there is a wider musical pallette. Whilst not quite as commercial as Violator, Martin Gore's songwriting peaked on this album. What we have here is a collection of ten classics. From the blues inflected I Feel You right through to the spiritual Higher Love. The single versions of Condemnation and In Your Room were good, but the album versions are better.
I would put this just ahead of Violator as my favourite DM album. It contains the best meeting of Gore's songwriting skills and Alan Wilder's arrangements. It takes a few plays to really sink in, but time has not blunted its greatness...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Watson on 23 Dec 2002
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard 'I feel you' I was amazed and impressed by their change in sound, however when first hearing this album I was hugely disappointed. It seemed such a departure from the Depeche Mode albums I had grown up with. They seemed to be trying to fit in with the grunge sounds that Dave Gahan was so in love with at the time. One of the songs even sounded like a church hymn, what the hell was going on! I went back to listening to 'Music for the Masses' and stopped playing 'Songs..'.
About a year later I still found the songs playing in my head so I decided to give it another listen. The songs seemed to have grown and the sound was so developed and warm. I don't know if it was my tastes changing or just that whatever the style you can't deny a good song, and this album is full of them.
It's nearly 10 years later now and I keep going back to this album, more so than any of their other albums. I don't like having a favourite album as your tastes do change and grow and good new music is coming out all the time (it might not be obvious but it is out there!), but if I had to pick out one absolute must from my CD collection it would be this album. If you like Depeche Mode but don't have this album, then go out and get it now (the singles version of 'In your room' lacks all of the power of the album version), if you never particularly liked DM then go out and buy it anyway and give it a few listens, you might be surprised by it's warmth and deepth, not something often associated with electronic music.
This album along with Leftfield's 'Leftism' will probably remain the most played in my collection for many years to come.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By orac101 on 9 April 2002
Format: Audio CD
On the first listen, the average Mode fan can be forgiven for thinking that Depeche have abandoned their electronic foundations, but repeated plays reveal a different story. Songs of Faith and Devotion is a unique and powerful album. A succesful blend that includes gospel with lush orchestral arrangements. The added touch of hard techno on tracks such as Rush, gives the album added depth. The blues feel to some of the tracks is a suprising yet welcomed move forward. Producers Flood and Alan Wilder really pushed the recording techniques with this album, and the result is melodic grunge without the distortion! The entire album has an epic sound which can be hard to define in one media friendly soundbite, but Gore's songs remain as powerful as ever. Song's captured something very dark and memorable. Gahan's heartfelt vocals are so powerful on this album, it can hardly get better than this. Many of us remember how powerful these songs were live during 1993's Devotional tour, and the album catches the power of these tracks. Walking in My Shoes has become an all time Mode classic, but it's the album tracks such as One Caress and Higher Love which leave a lasting impression. An album to treasure.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Oct 2000
Format: Audio CD
Whereas previous album 'Violator' will for many people don the crown of Mode's best album for time immemorial (and should certainly be recognised as their finest pop moment), 'Songs of Faith...' is simply staggering in sound and scope and in its departure from the dancefloor-friendliness of its predecessor. I hope that in time Depeche Mode will begin to receive the recognition they deserve, because they have certainy contributed two or three of the defining albums of the last few decades. About this album then: well, one could waffle on about the thing as a whole - it's seamless, stirring beauty that absolutely refuses to function as mere background. You can't not be moved by the momentum of these ten tracks. Taken separately, I could dissect the beauty of every individual track here, the bombastic bliss of I Feel You and Rush or the holy beauty of Judas and Condemnation. There is a stand-out track here though that is so intense it renders me still and mortified at every listen. In Your Room is about as perfect a composition that the Mode have ever put together. Gore's lyrics are so evocative, Gahan's voice spitting out the deepest and darkest fire his belly has ever mustered and Wilder's sound: that dirty, omnipotent, bassy drum that builds to the most wonderful crescendo and then wanes off into the ether. It's only a shame they didn't offer it to the single-buying public: the remixed, acousticy version robbed it of most of its impact. It's hard to believe that the same group were responsible for such teen-friendly (albeit wonderful) outings such as Just Can't Get Enough and Shake The Disease. Higher Love finishes the album with the same atmospheric swell. It's my favourite of their albums and actually complements Violator well. It's only a shame they didn't give it all up before Ultra.Read more ›
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