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Sounds Of The Universe

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2009 release from the veteran British Electronic rockers. Eclectic and energized, the band's new release is their most dazzling and diverse album in decades. Recorded in Santa Barbara and New York, Depeche Mode returned to using a lot of vintage gear, from analogue synthesizers to drum machines, in order to conjure up the retro-futuristic arrangements featured on the album. Lyrically the release contains many of the group's enduring obsessions plus more overt black humor than any of their previous collections. The release marks a reunion between the band and producer Ben Hillier, who worked with the band on Playing The Angel. Features the single 'Wrong'. Mute.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. In Chains
  2. Hole To Feed
  3. Wrong
  4. Fragile Tension
  5. Little Soul
  6. In Sympathy
  7. Peace
  8. Come Back
  9. Spacewalker
  10. Perfect
  11. Miles Away/The Truth Is
  12. Jezebel
  13. Corrupt


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 21, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute/EMI
  • ASIN: B001IBIQU6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (296 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,947 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When a band has been around for close to thirty years and is still making music, it probably means one of three things: 1) they're trying to recreate the past, or 2) they're trying to do something very different, or 3) they're recombining elements of their catalogue to make something kind of new and kind of familiar. Sounds of the Universe falls into that last category.

The latest Depeche Mode album features thirteen tracks, all of them using early-eighties synthesizers with no apologies. At times, these tracks sound like they could have been made in 1984, using the melodic sophistication of Some Great Reward and the sonic textures of A Broken Frame. Sounds of the Universe bleeps and thumps and hisses with a seemingly primitive array of manufactured noises in a way that only deep fans of, say, Orbital, Autechre, Kraftwerk, or early Nine Inch Nails can really appreciate.

But to dismiss this album because of its Atari arcade sound effects would be a mistake. For one thing, Sounds is not strictly a throwback in the sense that many of the songs use an actual guitar to great effect, which would have been unthinkable to the band in its earliest years. "Wrong," for example, owes as much to the twang of "Personal Jesus" as it does to the robotic drone of early Depeche Mode dirges such as "Photographic." The same applies to "Fragile Tension" and "Come Back," and even "The Truth Is/Miles Away" and "Perfect" use guitar strategically to great effect, something that never would have happened before Music for the Masses at the earliest.

But even the songs which rely completely on a synthetic sound don't suffer as a consequence.
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After three years of waiting, Depeche Mode are back with their 12th original studio release, the epically grand titled: "Sounds Of The Universe" w/ Deluxe Boxset 3CD/DVD. The band came up with the name quite early on in the process. Songwriter, Martin Gore, has said that the title just felt like it summed up the eclectic nature of the songs and the sounds on the album. While he feels there is no overall theme, the album tends to focus on different aspects of relationships, both positive and negative. This is a lighter, more laid back `Mode, with the album a cross between 2001s "Exciter" and 2005s "Playing The Angel" with a little "Violator" thrown in for good measure. In fact, while this isn't DM at their darkest, there are very noticeable moments of darkness on the album, as well as a retro feel. This is due in part to the fact that, during the recording sessions, Martin would constantly be winning auctions on eBay for classic older electronic equipment, incorporating them into the productions. As with "Playing The Angel," Martin wrote most of the songs on "Sounds Of The Universe," with lead singer, Dave Gahan, providing writing credits for three songs (*).

"In Chains" starts things off with a one minute intro, reminiscent of how a live orchestra sounds like when they're tuning up their instruments.
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Depeche Mode is a survivor and has kept creating full studio albums long after many of their peer bands dissolved. This album and the last (Playing the Angel) are a continuation of the journey and reflects the entry into middle-age. Those people looking for songs like "Lie to Me" and other very sexually charged songs need to go back and listen to DM's earlier work when these men were much younger and compelled to write those kinds of songs. Sounds of the Universe has a lot of steady patterns with the feeling of deep movement (example: "Come Back") and going somewhere with the patience (and weariness) of age. Its a bold stare into the void which can develop (much akin to outer space) when one looks at the other side of the life cycle. To do it right you can't have the young more energetic and poppy DM without the darker, slower, more mature DM, it gives the band/project a life of its own and more purpose and meaning. I personally thank DM for continuing to make work and offer up such great songs for the enjoyment of us all.
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I'll keep this short and sweet because the first review is very good and in-depth. Plan and simple a lot of thought and care went into this amazing deluxe edition. The demo disc alone is worth it. But the books and the DVD is what makes this really a great piece. $72.50 the day it came out. BUY IT NOW. :)
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It seems there is a split among fans of Depeche Mode's new album. I can kind of see both sides. When I first purchased the album, I was not blown away by any tracks on the first listen. The album started to grow after listening to it all day though. By the end of the week, I loved the album. To me, it is a combination of both worlds... the old days (vintage synths) mixed with songs that remind me of Ultra. I believe that there is something there for all fans. I place it above Exciter and Playing The Angel. I enjoy the mood of the album, especially the latter, and the lyrics. My favorite song on the album is In Sympathy! Give this album a try =)
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great depeche mode album!!
I know that you mean "hater" in the general since, but I assure you for many, many years I was a DM fanatic of the highest order. I understand your points about the music being less immediate, less poppy and even more ambient...I just simply disagree on the fundemental point of how... Read More
Apr 16, 2009 by Tin Bird |  See all 69 posts
What's the track list ???
This is the Japanese CD edition of "Sounds Of The Universe." It contains one bonus track:

14. Oh Well

This version of "Oh Well," is the same version found on disc 2 of the 3CD/DVD Deluxe Boxset Edition, and is not the Black Light Odyssey Remix version of "Oh Well"...
Jun 25, 2009 by Mr. |  See all 2 posts
Whait is on the Sounds of the Universe (Deluxe Edition)?
Sounds Of The Universe - CD+DVD
Pre-order the CD+DVD: links coming soon!

CD
1. In Chains
2. Hole To Feed
3. Wrong
4. Fragile Tension
5. Little Soul
6. In Sympathy
7. Peace
8. Come Back
9. Spacewalker
10. Perfect
11. Miles Away / The Truth Is
12. Jezebel
13. Corrupt

DVD
Video
Sounds Of The... Read More
Feb 20, 2009 by C. Baiza |  See all 3 posts
Limited Edition?
From the DM website. UGH, this is gonna be rediculously expensive I'll bet, probably at least $100. I hate that I have to pay for things such as TWO hardbound books, artcards, posters, and enamel pins just so I can get extra music.

CD 1 - Sounds Of The Universe
1. In Chains
2. Hole To Feed
3.... Read More
Feb 20, 2009 by Christopher D. Hardtke |  See all 11 posts
Music..
It's funny that you bring this discussion up on the link for the new Depeche album. For the making of this, they plundered all kinds of retro gizmos, lots of analog synths in particular.

If you want to chase these "new directions," look into record labels like Cyptogramophone or... Read More
Apr 6, 2009 by J. GARRATT |  See all 5 posts
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