I was a bit nervous when buying the brand new album, Songs of the Universe. Could this album really match Exciter, Playing the Angel, Violater and Ultra? I was pleased to find out that it was right up there with my favorites. This album is classic Depeche Mode, with both the noisy alarms and cling-clangs we've gotten used to but still some harmony that lies dormant beneath. It is not that much different form the four last albums, so if you like the 1990 and 2000 version of Depeche Mode, this is a good choice. If you are a hardcore fan that prefers the oldest Depeche sound, then you might be disappointed. But anyway, a Depeche fan or not, this is a great composed album and I recommend it to everyone who has more variety in their CD shelves than Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys.