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Ultra (180 Gram Vinyl)
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-"Barrel of a Gun": The opening track is perhaps the most edgy, and ranks up there with songs like "I Feel You," and "Rush." The guitars are very raw and the rhythm is very pulsing. This song is the kind of song to bang your head to in a goth club. The vocals punchy and aggressive, this is one of DM's best singles.
-"The Love Thieves": Now this is a very sad and kinda jazzy song. It was featured in the TV show "La Femme Nikita" and was used very expertly to portray a brooding character. Very appropriate, and the song just fits those moods of sad solitude. The kind of song to listen to after a bitter breakup. It's sadness is the type that just might uplift your spirits...
-"Home": Beautiful is all I have to say about this song.Read more ›
I currently own the Music for the Masses, Violator, and Songs of Faith 5.1/Remasters.
Ultra is by far my favorite Depeche Mode work, while others are close there is something about the way the music on ultra as well as the vocals blend together. This is a smooth album.
The CD like all the remastered albums are not the highlight. I cannot audibly tell the difference between my original 1997 CD and the remastered, aside from some songs sounding a bit more bright or clear, the bass is a bit more punchy in some songs as well. That may be placebo effect.
On to the 5.1 mix. DTS and Dolby Digital
I have a mid to high end audio system that is properly calibrated, and the bass management is setup properly.
This is the first Depeche Mode album with a 5.1 mix that actually makes the songs sound different and not just up-mixed to surround sound.
In fact some of the songs sound very different. The sound engineers did not just take the original stereo recording and spread it out there was some obvious thought behind making Ultra a 5.1 album. Like it was made from the ground up again.
There are different sounds in different places, sounds you could not hear in the 2 channel recording and things that also don't even sound the same anymore. The clarity is superb, the use of the surround channels is just right, sometimes they get distracting though.
What I really like is that they did not just stick the vocal tracks on the center channel like in some of the previous remasters.
The vocals are very well spread through the front speakers and carefully carry to the rears in some tracks.
The Dolby Digital and DTS mix are nearly identical.Read more ›
The fact is, though, that after listening to this again and again, something occurs to you. Depeche Mode had moved on and perhaps you hadn't yet. It's hard to let go of the past, especially with music. We tend to want to cement ourselves into an era that we truly enjoyed. That doesn't mean that we should dismiss the future. After Alan Wilder's departure and Dave's well documented battle with drugs, Depeche Mode got themselves back up and moved on. This album proves that they had what it takes to provide music that matters.
When I first heard Barrel of a gun, my reaction was "Cool. This album is going to continue where SoFaD left off". I was then sadly disappointed when I found it was the only track that had that edgy, angst-ridden feel to it. The rest just bored me. Since then I've come to appreciate Ultra for what it is. Depeche Mode had continued to reinvent themselves.
There are several interesting pieces that prove DM's continued relevance. Check out Home, It's No Good, Useless and The Bottom Line for some Depeche Mode that could easily be called as classic as tunes like Halo, Sometimes, and the others we all love.
I can't bring myself to give this album the five stars that so many others have. It's certainly not their best work, but it is DM and so far, that's more than enough.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great album! Comes in a nice jewel case that fits in CD holders, thankfully. It's a little on the quieter side, but it's a great album nonetheless.Published 19 hours ago by Kayla
After the eager wait for it's arrival in the post, and the added hassle of having to get a new stylus... Boy was it worth it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Aaron Philip Ward
Both copies of this album were defective. The first copy was badly warped and the last song on side A skipped. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lisa Griffin
Vinyl is barely playable, one edge is severely bent.
Because of that needle jump, at the beginning of the record. This is not acceptable, considering it's a new product.
Very different from Songs of Faith & Devotion Depeche is starting to mature and really challenge themselves. Dave Gahan has such an amazing voice.Published 7 months ago by Andrea M. Moore
Ultra, to me, is Depeche Mode's sleeper album. Now I don't mean that by listening to this you're going to fall asleep. This is the album that nobody knows and is darned good. Read morePublished 9 months ago by By CJs Pirate