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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
As a Depeche Mode fan, of course I'm going to like this album. That said, there are a trio of songs on this album that I dislike and skip over – more than I normally experience... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 17 months ago by Holly
Words cannot express how pleased and thrilled I am to receive this. I will cherish it forever!Published 17 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 18 months ago by DIEGO VALLEJOS