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Ultra [Hybrid SACD, Original recording remastered]

Depeche Mode Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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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 (1 Oct 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000KN9G52
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,827 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Barrel Of A Gun
2. The Love Thieves
3. Home
4. It's No Good
5. Uselink
6. Useless
7. Sister Of Night
8. Jazz Thieves
9. Freestate
10. The Bottom Line
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Disc: 2
1. A Short Film: Depeche Mode: 1995 - 98 ((Oh well, that's the end of the band...)(Medley))
2. Barrel Of A Gun (2007 Digital Remaster)
3. The Love Thieves (2007 Digital Remaster)
4. Home (2007 Digital Remaster)
5. It's No Good (2007 Digital Remaster)
6. Uselink (2007 Digital Remaster)
7. Useless (2007 Digital Remaster)
8. Sister Of Night (2007 Digital Remaster)
9. Jazz Thieves (2007 Digital Remaster)
10. Freestate (2007 Digital Remaster)
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Product Description


In the bestselling DM canon, this is one of their very best--mature, Euro-elegant, smartly contemporary (thanks to producer Tim "Bomb the Bass" Simenon), honest ("Insight"), edgy ("Barrel of a Gun"), and armed with at least one killer single in "It's No Good." --Jeff Bateman

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
By the time Brit-pop came to its end, and a new wave of teen groups took hold of the world, Depeche Mode was born again, as a phoenix which rises from its own ashes.

1997 was the come-back year for big bands such as INXS and U2, but their efforts were not even a bit close to Depeche Mode's Ultra.

U2 showed they were only made to commercialize their image and play guitars while INXS demonstrated they were only an 80's band.

Depeche Mode gave us another surprise. After the hugely successful Violator, we were given a soul-rock album, something nobody thought they were capable of, and Ultra, the follow-up to Songs of Faith and Devotion, is the perfect mixture of strings and keyboards.

The album is made of a wide variety of musical styles, from the synth-pop of "It's no good" to the US- western of "Freestate", from the rock of "Useless" to the soft ballad in "Insight".

The vocalization reaches a zenith with Martin Gore in "Home", a wonderful ballad with splendid lyrics and a powerful production, and though Dave's vocal are not at its best, he still pleases us with good performances like "Insight" or "Useless".

The lyrics tell us about tears, longing, patience and even hope, in the intelligent way Depeche Mode has accustomed us for a long time.

The production is excellent, and maybe the only weak point of the album is that there are many musicians, showing that the departure of Alan Wilder left an empty space very difficult to cover.

In Ultra, we find one of the best albums ever made. An elegant album that is probably the most accessible in the entire discography of these Basildon musicians, though most of the credits go to an album released the same year, the "OK Computer" of Radiohead.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
I waited in anticipation for the arrival of this CD. Would Alans departure affect the sound of what is undoubtedly this countries most undervalued band? would Dave actually live through any ensuing tours which could result from this album? How on the face of this planet could the boys follow up the musical mountain that is SOFAD? The answer was immediatly apparent with the release of Barrel of a gun, SOFAD is not a mountain No, ULTRA moves me! What a JOY. DM (especially the genius of Martin) are phonominal, they go from strength to strenght with seamless effort. Home, Usless, Freestate, Insight, where the hell do these inspired tunes come from? I am a fan, and therefore impartial readers of this review may question the validity of this opinion, my only retort to these questions is buy this album, listen to HOME, and be prepared to go out and buy every other recording that this fandabbydozie band have ever made.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Barcode: 0094638416425

With the new millenium drawing near, this album saw the band following on from the feel and sound of the dark, rocky SOFAD but as other reviewers have stated, Ultra softened this sound down. The songs became less harsh, more organic, more slickly produced.

I think the general public were confused about where Depeche Mode stood in modern pop music - beginning to be left behind by commercial radio stations, while the album and first two singles fared well (in fact reaching some of the highest positions ever attained by the band), things were less rosy on Useless and Home.

Despite that, i think Ultra will always have a special place in the hearts of many fans. It is with this album more than ever that you feel closest to the band, the emotion showing throw in bucketloads in the poeticism of Martin's lyrics and Dave's simply amazing voice. 'Home' remains to this date one of the most entrancing of all the band's songs, Martin's haunting voice playing wonderfully against a backdrop of atmospheric synths that build into a crescendo of strings in the chorus that still sends a shiver of pure wonder down my spine. I've said it before but the lyrics on this songs really are just amazing.

'Barrel Of A Gun' is really interesting, building slowly. Like SOFAD, this represents some of the band's rockier material yet its relentless assault on your senses with its thunderous beats and that intoxicating hummed hook it's one you'll keep coming back to for more. Awesome video too. 'It's No Good' soundwise takes a completely opposite route yet somehow feels completely at home on the same record as 'Barrel Of A Gun'. It's that masterfully woven tapestry of sound that just grabs you and surrounds you for the album's entirety - magic.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite album, no contest. 21 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
At first I didn't take to this album. It sounded a bit too 'grungy' for my musical taste. A friend suggested that I listen to it through headphones. I did and I've never looked back. This has become my favourite album of all time (knocking Thomas Dolby's 'Flat Earth' off my top slot). Every vocal track is brilliant (the 3 instumentals are below average). The overall production is excellent.
The track 'Home' has to be my fave track of all time. I cannot find fault with it.
I'm not easily impressed. I'm VERY choosey. 'Ultra' is highly reccomended. Especially through headphones... Enjoy!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
everything's fine, thanks a lot! A
Published 9 days ago by Alexei Tolpygo
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark brooding Masterpiece - their best album.
The best Depeche Mode album hands down.

Omly Violator comes close.

A definitive return to form after Dave Gahan's near death experience, this might never have... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Mr. Scott Carrick
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
in good condition
Published 2 months ago by picci61
5.0 out of 5 stars The best album I have ever loved
Super duper album - Absolutely love all the tracks - The chords and beats just hit like magic - If I ever have to go for a amp / cd player audition - I dont leave without this... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Megh55555
4.0 out of 5 stars Depeche Mode
Bought this CD as a Birthday Present for my boyfriend, he loves it & makes us listen to it in the car. If your a Depeche Mode fan you'll like it.
Published 9 months ago by Goodgirlguidw
4.0 out of 5 stars hear this
I wasn't sure what to expect at first, having read various reviews.
I'm happy that I bought it though, and yes, it's quite dark throughout,
but I don't mind that if the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by mike
4.0 out of 5 stars Defines the word "grower"
By 1997 I had grown bored of Depeche Mode. 1993's "Songs of Faith and Devotion" had quickly become a disappointment, mainly due to the uncomfortable and nagging opinion that they... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Phil Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars A New Experience for Me
I'm new to Depeche Mode and bought this to try it out, as it was going cheap to be honest. I must say that I like it, although I think that "Violator" is the one to start... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars ultra amazing
simply love this album ,i had it on tape many years ,its moody ,brooding and full of atmospherics , top track for me is ;barrel of a gun. enjoy
Published 18 months ago by terry case
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultra - Depeche Mode
Well I must admit having been so impressed with Violator; then having my expectations blown sky high with Songs Of Faith & Devotion, I was a little cautious when I approached this... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Royliot
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