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Sounds Of The Universe [Box set, Extra tracks]

Depeche Mode Audio CD
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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: 4
  • Format: Box set, Extra tracks
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B001UE276A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,667 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. In Chains
2. Hole To Feed
3. Wrong
4. Fragile Tension
5. Little Soul
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Light
2. The Sun And The Moon And The Stars
3. Ghost
4. Esque
5. Oh Well
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Little 15 (Demo)
2. Clean (Demo)
3. Sweetest Perfection (Demo)
4. Walking In My Shoes (Demo)
5. I Feel You (Demo)
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Making The Universe / Film
2. Usual Thing, Try And Get The Question In The Answer
3. Sounds Of The Universe / A Short Film
4. Wrong
5. Come Back (Studio Session)
See all 36 tracks on this disc

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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

Product Description

Sounds Of The Universe
CD1-1 - In Chains (6:53)
CD1-2 - Hole To Feed (3:59)
CD1-3 - Wrong (3:13)
CD1-4 - Fragile Tension (4:09)
CD1-5 - Little Soul (3:31)
CD1-6 - In Sympathy (4:55)
CD1-7 - Peace (4:29)
CD1-8 - Come Back (5:16)
CD1-9 - Spacewalker (1:53)
CD1-10 - Perfect (4:33)
CD1-11 - Miles Away/The Truth Is (4:15)
CD1-12 - Jezebel (4:41)
CD1-13a - Corrupt (5:02)
CD1-13b - Untitled (0:41)
Bonus Tracks
CD2-1 - Light (4:44)
CD2-2 - The Sun And The Moon And The Stars (4:41)
CD2-3 - Ghost (6:26)
CD2-4 - Esque (2:17)
CD2-5 - Oh Well (6:02)
CD2-6 - Corrupt (Efdemin Remix) (6:29)
CD2-7 - In Chains (Minilogue's Earth Remix) (7:54)
CD2-8 - Little Soul (Thomas Fehlmann Flowing Ambient Mix) (9:20)
CD2-9 - Jezebel (SixToes Remix) (5:33)
CD2-10 - Perfect (Electronic Periodic Dark Drone Mix) (5:21)
CD2-11 - Wrong (Caspa Remix) (5:04)
CD3-1 - Little 15 (4:16)
CD3-2 - Clean (3:42)
CD3-3 - Sweetest Perfection (3:23)
CD3-4 - Walking In My Shoes (3:22)
CD3-5 - I Feel You (4:03)
CD3-6 - Judas (3:25)
CD3-7 - Surrender (5:00)
CD3-8 - Only When I Lose Myself (5:25)
CD3-9 - Nothing's Impossible (5:02)
CD3-10 - Corrupt (4:41)
CD3-11 - Peace (4:34)
CD3-12 - Jezebel (4:38)
CD3-13 - Come Back (5:09)
CD3-14 - In Chains (4:33)
DVD-1 - Usual Thing, Try And Get The Question In The Answer (55:12)
DVD-2 - Making The Universe / Film (45:23)
DVD-3 - Sounds Of The Universe - A Short Film (10:05)
Studio Sessions
DVD-4 - Corrupt (4:08)
DVD-5 - Little Soul (3:52)
DVD-6 - Stories Of Old (3:24)
DVD-7 - Come Back (6:05)
DVD-8 - Wrong (Promo Video)
Sounds Of The Universe In 5.1 (Dolby Digital & DTS)
DVD-9 - In Chains (6:53)
DVD-10 - Hole To Feed (3:19)
DVD-11 - Wrong (3:13)
DVD-12 - Fragile Tension (4:09)
DVD-13 - Little Soul (3:31)
DVD-14 - In Sympathy (4:55)
DVD-15 - Peace (4:25)
DVD-16 - Come...

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pricey but worth it for extra discs 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Another slow burner 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
5.0 out of 5 stars unlimited potential 8 May 2009
By Pepe
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Depeche in the Mode 21 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Loved it! Bought as a present for my husband who loves the show and he was well chuffed!! Well received!
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Published 19 months ago by Ilenia
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Already had the SOTU box but wanted this as it saved me messing around for the DVD. The 5.1 version is incredible
Published 19 months ago by Chris S
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic product, completed by lovely books
I loved the CDs, DVDs, photo books, postcards, pins, posters and everything. And the music, absolutely fantastic. First-class product. I love it!
Published 19 months ago by Rosana Lopez
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