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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 (16 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EU IMPORT
  • ASIN: B0000242AF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,194 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. World In My Eyes
2. Sweetest Perfection
3. Personal Jesus
4. Halo
5. Waiting For The Night
6. Enjoy The Silence
7. Policy Of Truth
8. Blue Dress
9. Clean

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Depeche Mode: Andrew Fletcher, David Gahan, Alan Wilder, Martin Gore.Engineers include: Peter Iversen, Pino Pischetola, Goh Hotoda.Recorded at Logic Studios, Milan, Italy; Puk Studios, Denmark; The Church and Master Rock Studios, London, England; Axis, New York, New York.Depeche Mode's American career took the British synthpop band from hipster curios to cult artists to teenage heroes to, with this 1990 album, genuine alternative-rock superstardom. (Unfortunately, after grunge, they slid over this career crest into The Valley of the No Longer Relevant.) The album contains three massive MTV hits, the unusually guitar-oriented "Personal Jesus," the more typical "Enjoy the Silence," and "Policy of Truth." Martin Gore's songs explore his usual themes of sex ("Blue Dress"), redemption ("Clean") and desperation ("Waiting for the Night"), but the arrangements are more detailed and lush than on the band's Spartan early albums, a new style that suits Dave Gahan's deepening voice well. VIOLATOR's commercial success may have brought turmoil to Depeche Mode's career and lives, but it remains the finest of the band's late-period albums.

Violator is Depeche Mode's most mainstream, chart-climbing album. Although it contains only nine tracks, half of them are tailor-made for the dance floor. This album was conceived when dance-club DJs were gaining recognition alongside original composers. Heavily influenced by techno-pop, the singles "Policy of Truth", "Enjoy the Silence" and "World in My Eyes" prove that DM did their homework. A particular highlight on this fantastic album is the bluesy guitar line Martin Gore lays down on top of the synth-dominated grooves on "Personal Jesus". -- Beth Bessmer

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Milsom on 24 Jan. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Sixteen years on and this is still the landmark Depeche Mode Album. Since receiving Speak & Spell for Christmas back in 1981, Violator at last gave me the album my peers could not argue with.
I count myself fortunate to have observed the Modes stately rise in stature as it happened. I often wonder what anyone would make of them now if they just received all their albums for the first time. To some who think all their output sounds the same it must all be woefully depressing. But that is often how you might preconceive the work of any band as prolific as Depeche Mode.
However, DM have never had any great plan for world domination. The fact that they were front page NME and Q material by the time this album was released served to demonstrate the enormous fan base they had created through doing simple songs in an innovative way. This uniqueness is the only way to define a Depeche Mode song – there is simply no other contrived formula. To me, their strong lyrics coupled with a huge strata of sound images drove the emotions of my youth and nailed them to my soul.
World in my eyes is a track that provides a thumping soundtrack to every aspect of your life. Full of swagger and menace it manages to relax and antagonize in equal measure – by the end of the track you are on that headlong rush of euphoria that characterizes Alan Wilder at his finest.
Sweetest Perfection? I’m not into Martin’s more exaggerated emotional chants but this one does manage to pound itself into your affections and paves the way for SOFAD 3 years later - and what a great song to give two fingers to your average Radio 1 listener?
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By J. Ansell on 15 Dec. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have never written a review for Amazon before, but felt that I had to after reading the last missive by someone who clearly has no idea what they are talking about. The misguided goon was obviously expecting some kind of proto-Ministry type dirge with lyrics about drug abuse set to industrial clanking. The poor lamb probably does not have an ear for anything of a pure electronic persuasion. Best stick with Slipnot, eh?

Violator was released in 1990 when house and techno were in Acsendence. Depeche Mode had been making consistant dark electro since 83's 'Construction Time Again' ( I'll concede that 'Speak and Spell' and 'A Broken Frame' are a bit thin and a little too poppy), but Violator was when they hit paydirt after not being taken seriously by the rock press for most of the prvious decade. US techno producers such as Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson and the UK's own Mark Bell from LFO had all been listening intently to the Mode's music for much of the eighties and had the savvy to realise that this was a group who belonged to the great linage of electronics groups going back to Kraftwerk and continuing with Caberet Voltaire etc. The singles from this album are great pop music but beneath that lies some of the most intricate production, engineering and drum programming heard, and still sounds fresh sixteen years later. The fact that this group have influenced everyone from Bomb the Bass to Nine Inch Nails demonstrates that they were no 'bland eighties synth act'. A friend and myself were listening to 'Some Great Reward' recently and were marvelling at the drum patterns, how fresh they sounded. Violator still sounds vital, as it shows an exciting time in music when a seemingly 'mainstream' act could bear a huge influence on the dance underground.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Coincidence Vs Fate TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 April 2006
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It's well known, at least amongst the DM community that Violator is their pinnacle, their greatest achievement. While, that may be true, I for one hope that future releases eclipse this album, which after all was released 16 years ago.
A lot has happened since it's release, Alan's left, Dave's nearly died, the band nearly imploded, but they've come out the other side and released some great material.
Back to Violator. This expanded edition includes a DVD with interviews from band members, including the much-missed Alan. You get DVDA versions of the whole album plus various b-sides, some nothing to write home about, others which are, for me, some of Martin's finest work, Sea Of Sin and Happiest Girl. It's a shame that these b-sides weren't included on the audio cd, but that's just me being picky. I also mentioned in the review to Music For The Masses that it was a shame the band didn't sieze the opportunity to go down the same route the Cure did on their Deluxe editions by having demos and previously unreleased material included, again just a minor niggle really.
The album is rich and beautiful and dark. The singles included were probably the greatest quartet of tracks released by the band, Policy Of Truth, World In My Eyes, Personal Jesus and the seminal Enjoy The Silence, one of the greatest songs ever.
Other highlights are the gorgeous Clean (see the DVD included with Playing The Angel for a great acoustic version) and Halo, which would have made a great single, but maybe would have been one single too many from the album.
For anyone starting a jouney on the good ship Mode, then this is the place to start. Buy, listen, enjoy and then kick yourself that you could've been listening to this 16 years ago. Shame on you!
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