|Artist: Depeche Mode|
|Groundbreaking, chart-topping electro legends Depeche Mode are proud to announce the release of their long-anticipated new studio album, Sounds of the Universe.|
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 CD+DVD set contains the Sounds of the Universe album CD, the album mixed in 5.1 surround sound, the promo video for "Wrong," Sounds of the Universe: A Short Film and remixes of three new songs.
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Depeche Mode: David Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher.|
|Personnel: Luke Smith (programming).|
|Audio Mixer: Tony Hoffer.|
|Audio Remasterer: Stephen Marcussen.|
Producer: Ben Hillier
Engineer: Anthony Palazzole; Josh Garcia; Jesse Gladstone; Ferg Peterkin
|Thrivemix 2: Mixed By Vic Latino|
|Thrivemix Presents: Trance Anthems 01 / Vario|
|Thrivemix Presents: Electro|
|Thrivemix Presents: Dance Anthems|
|Thrivemix Presents:tranceanthems 2|
|Now That's What I Call Club Hits|
Associated Artists and Works
|For The Masses ~ Artists, Various|
|For The Masses ~ Various Artists|
|Release Date : 04/21/2009|
|Original Release Date : 2009|
|Catalog ID : 696770|
|Label : Capitol|
|Number of Discs : 2|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 50999696770210|
- "[C]uts like 'Fragile Tension' and 'Peace' coast along on the kind of catchy synth-pop grooves Depeche Mode specialized in throughout the '80s."
- "Depeche Mode continues to produce darkly atmospheric tracks about love, lust and death that have the vulnerability and immediacy of a shared secret."
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "SOUNDS OF THE UNIVERSE kicks off with the spiky, twisted and impossibly gorgeous 'Wrong,' an epic blast of synth-pop bombast on the scale of VIOLATOR or BLACK CELEBRATION."
- "Martin Gore can still be counted on to deliver the goods....Gahan's singing, meanwhile, is as strong as ever, always the perfect vehicle for Gore's lyrics..."
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "'Wrong' is one of the Mode's most satisfying tracks post-SONGS OF FAITH & DEVOTION and suggests they have many more albums left in them."
Like their 2005 studio album, Playing the Angel, Sounds of the Universe features writing credits for both Martin Gore, the group's primary songwriter, and Dave Gahan, who, after honing his talents on two solo albums, has earned his place as Depeche Mode's second writer. The release also marks a reunion between the band and producer Ben Hillier (Blur, Doves, Elbow), who worked with the band to help give their new album its timeless sound. The first single from the release, "Wrong," grabs the listener's attention from its first stack-heeled, staccato shriek. Over stomping beats, screeching synthesisers, and Dave's overlord chant, "Wrong" already feels like a Depeche Mode classic. Other standout tracks include Martin's velvet-lined Scott Walker croon on the sensual lounge-music ballad "Jezebel," to the sci-fi gospel-blues hymn "In Chains" and "Hole to Feed," which marries modern electronics to a floor-shaking, bone-rattling Bo Diddley beat.
As one of the most influential bands of the post-punk era, with global sales in excess of 100 million, Depeche Mode belongs to a select premier league of super groups who have survived from the early 1980s with their ideals, creative vision and core members intact. Formed in 1981, Depeche Mode -- Martin Gore, Dave Gahan and Andy "Fletch" Fletcher -- continue to win critical and commercial acclaim across the world both in the studio and on the road. All of the band's 11 studio albums have reached the Top Ten in not only the UK and USA but 20 plus countries around the world. Additionally, since their inception Depeche Mode's live shows continue to be a must-see attraction, with the group playing to 2.8 million people across 31 countries on their last tour alone.