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Sounds Of The Universe
Sounds Of The Universe
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great effort but could have been even better!, 26 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Sounds Of The Universe (Audio CD)
Depeche Mode sit in a unique musical space. They, like their music appear timeless. Impossible to categorise, still loyal to a small indie label despite selling 100 million albums. For nearly 30 years they have carved a niche in dark, electronic blues. Songs of religion, love and sex. It has however been the haunting vocals of Gahan and excellent, consistent songwriting of Gore that has kept them free to evolve their soundscapes.
SOTU is not quite the promised land that their huge global fan base was hoping for but it is excellent none the less. The first half of the album is in fact 5 stars but it towards the back end that stange decisions were made in the making of this record. The overall record is too long and how Space Walker, Miles Away and Jezebel were included at the expense of Ghost, Light and Esque which appear as bonus tracks in the boxset is staggering. Ghost is in fact one of DM's all time great songs and could have been a lead single. Those familiar with Gahan's excellent Hourglass may have expected a contribution as strong as Suffer Well, Kingdom or Saw Something. Come Back is nearly at this level whilst Hole to Feed is worthy but not great.

If you are new to Depeche Mode then give this a go. Their back catelogue is a bounty of treasures but I would recommend starting with Violator, Music for the Masses and SOFAD. Patience and repeated listens are required as with most great music.


Sounds Of The Universe
Sounds Of The Universe
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 1 April 2009
This review is from: Sounds Of The Universe (Audio CD)
I have been a fan of DM for twenty years and critical of the last two albums. I pleased to say that the new album SOTU is amazing and one if their very best works. I am not going to give details of individual tracks but the feeling is more positive and uplifting than anything they have done before. Like all DM albums subsequent listens peels back layer upon layer of new treasures.
Up to now DM have been at the cutting edge of electronic music this trend is continued despite the use of lots of vintage gear. A great introduction for new fans alike.


Hourglass
Hourglass
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Playing the Angel, 6 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Hourglass (Audio CD)
Several of these tracks are stronger than most of the last DM album. I think the next DM album is going to be amazing if Gahan can keep this up.


Ultra
Ultra

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated -, 28 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Ultra (Audio CD)
With Depeche Mode seemingly falling apart and the late 90's cultural shift to reto Britpop it is amazing that this record ever got made. At the time of release my interest in the band had waned after being an obsessive fan in the early 90's. At the time of release I thought this album was only OK. It is now over ten years later that I have realsied this is actually one of Depeche Mode's very best albums. The songs are very strong (BOAG, Home, It's No Good) but the production is amazing and makes the most of Dave's haunting vocals (Love Thieves, Sister of Night). I think the sound is superior infact to SOFAD and Violator.
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