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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 (20 April 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B001U0O8GG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,533 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. In Chains
2. Hole To Feed
3. Wrong
4. Fragile Tension
5. Little Soul
6. In Sympathy
7. Peace
8. Come Back
9. Spacewalker
10. Perfect
11. Miles Away / The Truth Is
12. Jezebel
13. Corrupt

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DEPECHE MODE Sounds Of The Universe (2009 UK 13-track CD album - Depeche Mode return with their 12th studio album Sounds Of The Universe features the single Wrong which grabs the listeners attention from its first stack-heeled staccatoshriek!)

If 2005's Playing the Angel saw Dave Gahan and Co. make a point of proving they could keep up with their younger contemporaries, Sounds of the Universe, the band’s 12th studio album, sounds like they’ve accepted their three-decade long legacy and settled into a role that’s decidedly avuncular. Swapping the industrial clangor for dreamy, analogue atmospherics marred by the occasional buzzing jolt, producer Ben Hillier (Doves, Blur, Elbow) has achieved an impressive consistency with the band’s synth-drenched soundscape. Tracks like “In Chains” see the band descend into middle-aged, forlorn balladry, though the rough and rhythmic "Wrong" and the upbeat, rockist “Hole To Feed” show they still have a gnarly side.--Danny McKenna

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By My pen name on 17 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
I received this box from an independent record store yesterday 16 April - nice to get this before release date. The album is a welcome return to form after the slightly wayward Exciter and Playing the Angel. This is classic DM; strong musically and the usual topics covered by Gore's lyrics.
Now to the box - it's larger than I thought it would be from the images, everything fits neatly inside. To be honest, most of the contents will remain untouched inside the box; I've flicked through the 2 books, ignored the badges and poster - what I'm really after here are the discs! I'm not a fan of 5.1 surround music; I've found it gimmicky rather than immersive. I have a couple of the DM reissues on 5.1 and have listened to them no more than once.
Disc 3
What really interests me with this box is the 3rd disc of demos and this does not disappoint. It's very interesting to hear how the demo songs differ from the final recorded releases. [edited to add] I was surprised that the demos aren't guitar and voice based, which is what I was expecting - these are synth + drum machine + voice; some are close to the final recordings in character and arrangement. I Feel You is slightly more edgy / dark.
[edited to add]Disc 2 - extra songs. Light, Gahan vocal, great song. The Sun and the Moon and the Stars, Gore vocal. Ghost, Gahan vocal, my favourite of these extra tracks, more vintage DM. Esque, short noodly intermission. Oh Well, Gahan vocal. Remixes - have listened to 6. Corrupt (Efdemin remix), 7. In Chains (Minilogue's Earth mix), 8. Little Soul (Thomas Fehlman ambient mix), 9. Jezebel (SixToes remix). tracks 6 to 8 are largely forgettable, slow trance syncopated reggae beat is how I would describe them.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Nights_Of_Moog on 24 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
Sounds of The Universe is an album that will reward repeated listening, as all Mode records do.

Produced by Ben Hillier, the album's overall sound will be comfortable for those who enjoyed "Playing the Angel" and less so for the rock fans who came on board with "Songs of Faith and Devotion". It is more open, detailed, and less compressed than "Playing The Angel" , and from that point of view, SOTU is a better record than its predecessor.

Lead single "Wrong" is the closest we get to the original 80's blueprint - a never ending litany of woe over a sleazy mid tempo synth fest. It's an act of song-writing bravery to pile so much repetition into a lyric, but it works.

The manifesto is set though, by the opening track "In Chains" a slowly evolving soundscape fades in from the sort of bleepy experiments so beloved of the 70's electro pioneers, before Gahan's ever improving voice slides effortlessly onto the top of the mix, backed by yet another "never before heard" take on what a guitar can sound like... a trick the Mode have continually reworked since Personal Jesus redefined them back in the early 90's.

Like all three previous studio albums, one could argue that SOTU is too long, and that the brief atmospheric interlude "Spacewalker" adds little, but over the course of 13 tracks, this album delivers for fans, although it may struggle to win new ones.

Highlights for me are "In Chains", "Wrong" "Fragile Tension" "In Sympathy" "Come Back", (possibly the stand out, but a track few other reviewers have mentioned) and "Corrupt"

Martin Gore is a supremely clever songwriter - but not always a subtle one. Some of the lyrics, as ever, are obvious and a little gauche.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pepe on 8 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
Over the years, I learned to have the faith and confidence that these guys simply won't deliver a sub-par product. Quality and depth are their belief and, in fact, they delivered yet another piece of musical art and for real - the sky is the limit for them. Since 1993, it always took me some time to adapt to their new material and this album was no exception but you just have to pay this price to be able to ultimately enjoy the pleasure this timeless music offers. Don't even try to listen to this in your car or at your work, this music simply demands its time and space. Put your headphones on only when you're capable and willing to slow down and let this music help explore the inner dimensions of yourself and experience some real chills :)

Their music is always extremely strong and Playing The Angel was for me the best work to date but this album still manages to top PTA in some aspects and it is possibly the most compact album I've EVER heard. The only thing that disappointed me a bit is that they didn't entirely incorporate the incredible guitar riffs in Corrupt shown on their youtube channel :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Harrington on 22 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
That was the first thought - it is certainly the familiar sound of the Mode, but that in itself is no bad thing. I would rate this album as second to Ultra - there are certainly a huge variation of styles but they are all completely unlike any other band out there. I agree with some reviews that it definitely grows on you, as some of the tracks are very subtle but there is a great deal of beauty and a lot of raw energy too. Highlights for me are the powerful "Wrong", the gentle and unusually arranged "Little Soul", the honest and open "Peace", the typically Depeche Mode "Come Back" and "Miles Away/The Truth Is" with its funky, driving beat. There are only maybe one or two tracks that don't grab your attention - perhaps Jezebel being the least strong. It's a shame that they are not as popular in the UK as they are abroad (it was a shame to see posters of their extensive tour of Germany while holidaying there, yet come back to find they aren't playing in my city!) That the Mode can continue to record albums with such quality after over 25 years is a real testament to their talent. Frankly, if you are thinking about buying it, go ahead as it's great fun and fantastic entertainment!
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