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5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing - and I'm not even a fan, 14 May 2009
This review is from: Sounds Of The Universe (Audio CD)
I've always had a soft spot for Depeche Mode simply for the acoustic version of your Own Personal Jesus, which is a work of brilliance. But, I've never really been a fan. Just liked one or two of their songs. I assumed there'd be nothing there after 25 years - how can you still have something to write/sing/create after 25 years of writing/singing/creating? But, I bought this prompted by the reviews that suggested there was something special happening here. And there is. The retro fest the other 80s bands - Spandau, Ultravox, Durans - are tediously engaging in is old and tired. This album is incredibly new and fresh; every song an instantly catchy tune, but without the frothiness that implies. It has the usual dark (how could it not with Gahan) edges, anomie, yearning and angst, but far more grown up than ever before, and with a melodic theme running through that I don't remember from them in the past. Just brilliant song-writing. Thoughtful, edgy lyrics. And, as I say, that's not from an uncritical fan. I notice from other reviews that some DM diehard fans don't like this album. Others love it. Maybe it's for a broader audience, then. Polarised views - "It's great/It's terrible" - must be more indicative that there is something in this than a slew of 'It's good' or 'It's OK' reviews, I guess, which would suggest mediocrity. I don't often write reviews. But, this album struck me as astonishingly good, and I was surprised by the split between good and negative reviews, so I felt compelled...
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