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pricey but worth it for extra discs,
This review is from: Sounds Of The Universe (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.
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. Jezebel gets a string section + clarinet makeover which is an interesting reinterpretation. But for me gone are the days when a DM 12" was a must-buy; I'm thinking back to the old DM and classic 12" mixes such as Master & Servant. So personally I'll listen to the extra tracks and skip the remixes.
Disc 4 / DVD - "Usual Thing, Try And Get The Question In The Answer" only watched 10 / 12 mins of this hour long segment of DM in the studio. Quite interesting, introduces a very large collection of analog synths!
The studio session are DM playing songs live, Stories of Old is one of my favourite classic Mode tracks, great to hear with a matured vocal from Gahan. He has really mastered his voice, great vocalist, probably doesn't get the universal credit he deserves.
This deluxe box set is probably one for the fans only, who would be interested in hearing more from their favourite band. The album itself is a strong one. The extra money over the "vanilla" album for the "goodies" in the deluxe box is excessive - so definitely one for collectors / obsessives (I've been a fan since 1984 so I guess I'm in that category)
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Initial post: 18 Apr 2009 20:27:08 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Apr 2009 20:27:31 BDT
D. T. J. Klontje says:
Could you say something about the quality of the non-album tracks? Thanks.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Apr 2009 10:21:25 BDT
Coincidence Vs Fate says:
Some of them are OK, but the standout for me is LIGHT which could easily have sat on the album proper. Best album for a while.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2009 04:58:07 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Apr 2009 05:13:43 BDT
I would tell you 'Light' and 'Ghosts 'are superb. 'Light' sounds like Some Great Reward-Era, 'Ghosts' is top-class song. Also there's a track called 'Oh Well' is original a instrumental piece which Martin Gore made it and Dave love it so much so he'd put the lyric on it (without the permission from Martin!) so this track is their first collaboration unintentionally.
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