Sounds Of The Universe
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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.Read more ›
"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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would give this CD zero stars if I could. Im a huge DM fan and I think the is the most worthless piece of crap they ever producedPublished 8 months ago by Holly
Words cannot express how pleased and thrilled I am to receive this. I will cherish it forever!Published 9 months ago by Terri H.
Loved this album in two ways: It is not their best, but it's great anyway; and I loved that they are still doing music like this. Read morePublished 10 months ago by DIEGO VALLEJOS
If you are like me, you want to hear DM, live or in a studio. But this is really for collectors I think.Published 10 months ago by Thingfish33
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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!
1. In Chains
2. Hole To Feed
4. Fragile Tension
5. Little Soul
6. In Sympathy
8. Come Back
11. Miles Away / The Truth Is
Sounds Of The... Read More
Feb 20, 2009 by C. Baiza | See all 3 posts
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
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