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Product Description

Deluxe version of Hourglass:
Upgraded packaging and bonus DVD which contains a live studio session with 4 tracks, an EPK, plus the "Kingdom" video and b-roll footage.

About the Artist

Best known as the iconic frontman of Depeche Mode, Dave Gahan continues his impressive career with a blazing new album produced by Dave with Christian Eigner & Andrew Phillpott. Sonically, Hourglass cuts across a range of influences and styles with grace. Decidedly more electronic than his previous solo work, he has seamlessly swapped the guitar of Paper Monsters for the synthesizer he epitomizes so well.

1. Saw Something
2. Kingdom
3. Deeper And Deeper
4. 21 Days
5. Miracles
6. Use You
7. Insoluble
8. Endless
9. A Little Lie
10. Down

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 23, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Mute/Virgin
  • ASIN: B000VT6FAY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,095 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Katja Kaygin on October 23, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The first three songs on the CD are absolutely awesome: Saw something" is a wonderful electronic ballad that starts really slow and ends with a brilliant climax, so that you only want to close your eyes and let yourself fall into the arms of someone else. It is an excellent song and it has been a long time ago, that I have ever heard a song that really captured my heart like this. The second song Kingdom" is a great dancetrack and is going to be one of these classic songs. Deeper and deeper" is a song where people will have different opinions about: Either you'll hate it or you'll love it. I loved this song from the first tunes. It is smashing, fast, aggressive, evil" and great for dancing.

21 Days" sounds dark, slow and Dave has a real penetrating voice that sounds extremely sexy and which really turns me on. It reminds me a bit of DM Ultra" times. The next song is the ballade Miracles" that starts with an electronic sound layer, followed by Dave's striking slow voice and lyrics pointing out what I think and feel too. Use you" sounds a bit like former DM songs. It's a great dance track, falling in the categorie nasty, evil, sexy and dangerous". Insoluble" is a kind of ingenious ballade starting with strong electro sounds that are really exciting, ambitious and diversified.

Endless" is the most wicked song on this album. I have never heard some tunes like this before. It starts with some electrobeats which sound like the volume is consistently openend and closed. Dave's voice appears in an extremely resound and hypnotic way. I love this song and I am addicted to it. It's wicked, lush, sexy and a good song for DM partys. A little lie" is a wonderfull balade with strong drums and great guitar tones that remind me of very old Simple Minds songs.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Herbert West on November 30, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Like most of you, I am a huge Depeche Mode fan. Their music is a huge part of my life. All of our favorite DM songs were, of course, written by Martin Gore. So, naturally I was a lil' skeptical of a Dave Gahan Solo album. Admittedly, Paper Monsters really didnt do anything for and to this day still comes off as a little uninspired. However, with Hourglass David has really shown growth. This album is fantastic. It is more electronic than Paper Monsters and almost seems like Playing The Angel part II. This is partly because a lot of these songs were written during the recording sessions for PTA, which Dave contributed three songs to. As a whole, this album is very minimalistic and relaxed. Songs like Saw Something, Miracles, and A Little Lie are great memorable songs and really hold up well. I've been listening to this album along side my Depeche Mode cds and I must say that I'm impressed. The real surprise on here is Deeper and Deeper, with Dave's snarling vocals. That song is very heavy in nature, with violent synths and Dave's forceful singing. Great track. Overall, if you love Depeche Mode and want something slightly different but still with a good electronic vibe, I suggest this album. It will definitely age well. As far as the lyrical content, yes it is a very moody somewhat depressing album. Let's face it though, moody depressing music is almost always beautiful. On a personal level I can relate to Dave's lyrics, especially the religious doubt and that makes singing and enjoying the songs so much better. Its always a huge joy to love the music AND be able to relate to the singer's words. I totally recommend this album. It really is great.

P.S. Get the version with the DVD because the studio jams of these songs are so cool and sound different than the album versions as they rock them out with actual bass, guitar, organs, etc. The video for Kingdom is...well...weird. I'd almost say disturbing. You'll see. ;P Enjoy
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Morrissey_Rocks on November 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I have to disagree with anthonious, respectfully. Most artists create their works driven by an emotional state. This is usually a personality trait or a result of emotional issues not impacted greatly by external forces or circumstance.
I am very impressed with this album. Like Playing The Angel it is a return to a more focused DM sound. Although Dave's contributions beyond vocals to most of DM's music has been marginal (through Martin Gore's insistance) Dave really shines here as a songwriter as much as he does as a vocalist. This is a collection of well written songs that will go the distance. Not many singers can pull that off with their solo albums. This is much better than Paper Monsters although I am fond of many of the songs on that album as well.
Now if only my dreams would come true and we could next have a Depeche Mode album with Alan Wilder back in the ranks.... alas.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Straw Man VINE VOICE on January 7, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I have noticed some (I use the word some liberally) real criticism towards Dave Gahan's solo work. On Paper Monsters he got nailed for not sounding like Depeche Mode with a rock/blues/pseudo DM sound. Now on Hourglass he again is being abased (to some degree) because the album has an electronic sound that is too close to that of Depeche Mode. I suppose Dave Gahan is in a real quagmire regardless where he goes with his solo efforts.

There have also been some claims that Dave Gahan's solo material is very sullen and perhaps macabre. With respect to Hourglass, not Paper Monsters, I might have an answer on why his solo material might be so ominous, dark and melancholy. Since there was so much turmoil in his life with substance abuse, several marriages and suicide attempts. Dave Gahan was technically dead for like 3 minutes from one of these suicide attempts.

After all these elements/issues, Dave Gahan returned and recorded three more Depeche Mode albums, two best of compilations with DM, released two solo albums and went on tour four times, once as a solo act, thus far. The interviews that I have read with Dave Gahan on T.V., DM/DG releases, magazine articles or creditable websites show that David Gahan is quite happy and stable in his life.

It appears (from what I have read since I haven't spoken with the man himself) he is pleased with the Hourglass album. On his website there are clips of him working on this album, he is having a great time. Dancing, laughing and seems really positive about himself and his sophomore album. Also in an interview given on "The Touring the Angel" DVD, Mr. Gahan really seems at ease where Depeche Mode is, was and will be going.
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