I am a true fan of DM, I like almost all of their albums. And I LOVE ALL of their albums coming after Songs of faith and devotion. To me they just get more relaxed, had better production, guests which added a lot to the sound and songs, sonic pallettes are wider and the synth sounds used just got more dirty on many occassions - I LOVE THAT. Sounds of the universe are no exception to that trend. And I love the album because it IS a strong album in its entirety. No boring songs, no fillers. Perfect album for me.