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  • Audio CD (October 23, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin / Mute
  • ASIN: B000VT6FAO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,946 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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Product Description

2007 sophomore solo album from the lead vocalist of Depeche Mode. Hourglass is an Electronic gem of an album that is as experimental and atmospheric as it is powerful and melodic. Although Gahan's debut album was a step away from the sound of his full-time band, Hourglass embraces the dark and moody Electronica that has made Depeche Mode worldwide superstars. Features the single 'Hourglass' plus 'Saw Something', 'A Little Lie', 'Down' and many others. The voice of a generation has come home..... Mute/Virgin.

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Despite walloping a ruinous heroin habit that left him clinically dead for a few minutes a decade ago, Dave Gahan's first solo outing, 2003's Paper Monsters, was most notable for its utter lack of self-confidence. You couldn't really blame him for sounding a bit tentative--the lean Depeche Mode frontman had spent the previous 25 years singing other people's songs. On Hourglass, however, Gahan finally comes into his own, taking the grimy synth-rock blueprint of his 50 million album-selling band and customizing it with his own swaggering touch. He proves just as passionate meditating over lovely mood pieces, such as "Miracles," as he does lending his well-worn howl to noir-ish rock anthems like "Kingdom," through it all sounding more alive than he has in years. --Aidin Vaziri

Customer Reviews

Hourglass is beautiful music, made by talented musicians.
Rene Serrano
Some songs have a SOFAD-like sounds, others are like DM produced it - and that's a good thing.
Ivan Jekic
Dave Gahan was technically dead for like 3 minutes from one of these suicide attempts.
The Straw Man

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By The Straw Man VINE VOICE on January 23, 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. VINE VOICE on April 9, 2008
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It's always an interesting experience to be able to strip away the layers of what make up a successful band. To see what each member contributes individually. After slowly coming into his own as a songwriter with his first solo album, 2003's Paper Monsters, as well as contributing three tracks to Depeche Mode's excellent 2005 release, Playing the Angel, DM frontman, Dave Gahan, continues his aspiring legacy with his second solo effort, 2007's Hourglass. Focusing this time on the more electronic elements that he has always been associated with, Mr. Gahan gives listeners a very dark and edgy world, of his own creation, in which to inhabit. Gone are the more elegantly crafted pieces of music from fellow DM bandmate, Martin Gore, which are replaced by some extremely raw and aggressively edgy material.

Hourglass opens strongly with the orchestral accompanied Saw Something, a track with beautifully haunting melodies combined with Gahan's own alluring vocalizations, with just a bit of cool guitar licks to give it that classic feel. There's a longing and even slight desperation evoked from Gahan here, trying not to give into the emptiness of life ("After the storm had passed, I wondered how long the break in the clouds would last?") and instead embrace the possibilities of a much brighter future. ("I sit and I wait and I stare...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 23, 2007
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Depeche Mode vocalist Dave Gahan returns to his roots on his sophomore solo disc "Hourglass". Whilst his solo debut "Paper monsters" saw him fleeting with a more guitar heavy sound than his Depeche Mode alumnus, this is more electronic than that.

More dour and introspective (Gahan co-wrote all the songs, something he hardly did with the group) than the group's sound, the 10 songs cut right to the chase. Touching on subjects such as confusion/doubt over religion, (the haunting percussion free ballad "Miracles" with lyrics like "I don't believe in miracles / and they happen everyday / I dont believe in Jesus / but I'm praying anyway"), an industrial sound (the more guitar driven, distorted sounding "Use you"), and the bass laden "Deeper and deeper" with snarling vocals.

My absolute favourites are opening cut, the hypnotic "Saw something" (with its buzzing synths, it sounds like a cross between Thom Yorke and eighties Depeche Mode) and lead off single "Kingdom" (again, lyrics touching on his doubt) with just the right balance of guitar, distortion and electronic effects.

Shifting the tempo down is the gently pulsating "Endless" (with the albums title "Hourglass" in its lyrics), the dreamy "Insoluble", while closing the CD is the chiming and swirling melancholic ballad aptly titled "Down".

This is such a beautiful collection of songs, before you realize it, the hourglass is done!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rene Serrano on June 25, 2008
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Dave has done a wonderful job in this album...he keeps his voice and talent...the colaboration of Eigner and Philpot makes this album fantastic. You can feel Dave's personal touch in hourglass, kingdom...some of the songs resemble a little bit Martin Gore's dark style....Love Martin Gore's writing and music by the way. Hourglass is beautiful music, made by talented musicians.
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