Depeche Mode ‎– Sounds Of The Universe

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1 In Chains 6:53
2 Hole To Feed
Drums – Christian EignerProgrammed By [Original Programming] – Andrew Phillpott, Christian EignerWritten-By – Phillpott*, Eigner*, Gahan*
3 Wrong 3:13
4 Fragile Tension
Drums – Christian Eigner
5 Little Soul 3:31
6 In Sympathy 4:54
7 Peace 4:29
8 Come Back
Programmed By [Original Programming] – Andrew Phillpott, Christian EignerWritten-By – Phillpott*, Eigner*, Gahan*
9 Spacewalker 1:53
10 Perfect 4:33
11 Miles Away / The Truth Is
Programmed By [Original Programming] – Andrew Phillpott, Christian EignerWritten-By – Phillpott*, Eigner*, Gahan*
12 Jezebel 4:41
13.1 Corrupt 5:04
13.2 (silence) 3:13
13.3 Untitled 0:41

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Track 13 (total length 8:58) contains a hidden track (track 13.3), an untitled instrumental version of Wrong.

Recorded at Sound Design, Santa Barbara & Chung King, New York.
Mixed at Chung King, New York.
Mastered for Marcussen Mastering, Hollywood, CA.

"In Chains", "Wrong", "Fragile Tension", "Little Soul", "In Sympathy", "Peace",
"Spacewalker", "Perfect", "Jezebel" & "Corrupt" published by
EMI MUsic Publishing Ltd, licensed by Grabbing Hands Music Ltd.
"Hole To Feed", "Come Back" & "Miles Away / The Truth Is" published by
EMI Music Publishing Ltd, licensed by JJSR Productions Inc / Universal Music Publishing Ltd.

℗ & © 2009 Venusnote Limited under exclusive license to Mute Records Limited.
Made in the EU. / Printed in the EU

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December 9, 2018

This album is not good
they went further with their electronic sound


April 19, 2018
I'm here to put up a case for the defence of Ben Hillier, who seems to have been blamed by a lot of DM fans for the supposed paucity of the 3 DM albums he produced. First of all; Hillier did not write the songs, so if you consider the songs on those albums, below par, then you really ought to look at Messieurs Gore and Gahan. Ask yourself: as a producer, what is one supposed to do with a track like "Another hole to feed"? It's hard to believe that Gore didn't have anything he considered more worthy of inclusion on the album than this! It appears to me, that the 2 warring factions have come to an arrangement, whereby Gahan is guaranteed to have 3 of "his" compositions included on all DM albums, regardlesscof whether there's better material or not. This is not a problem when he's supplying material like "I want it all", "Cover me" or "Come back" - yes I'm apparently alone in thinking it one of the better tracks on SOTU - but "Another hole to feed" must surely be a contender for the all time low point in the DM canon. I'm a big admirer of all 3 albums, and I feel that this is to a large degree, due to Hillier's attention to detail. There are lots of little touches, which as unlikely as it might seem, draw the ear; I'm referring to things like the percussive sound ("wood block"?) that comes in at around the 2:02 mark on "Secret to the end". From "Playing the angel", the single "Precious", sounds to my ears, at least, like an absolute classic Depeche mode single, that puts "Enjoy the silence" to shame. To my astonishment, many even seem to be blaming Hillier for the flawed mastering of these records. Give the poor sod a break! If I have a complaint about these albums, then it is that there is too much in the way of undisguised guitar, but then this is something that has become a constant in DM's music, ever since "Songs of Faith and Devotion". I appreciate that Gore considers himself a guitarist, first and foremost, so perhaps he could record unplugged versions of DM songs - which he could give away as free downloads - and get it out of his system, leaving the albums relatively guitar free?!


August 10, 2013

I feel a bit sorry for all these dissapointed die hard fans out there. I think that beeing dissapointed from a new Depeche Mode record is part of the game for fanboys from the early days. A bit funny and obvious i think.
For me this is for sure a brilliant record from start to finish. Great songwriting and very intersting soundwork - would love have an instumental version of this album.


March 10, 2011

I had so high expectations for this album. The leading single Wrong is just brilliant but it's very easy to see why they picked it. The album has no other singles on it. It barely has any good tracks at all. Half of the album is listenable and the rest you forget the moment you've heard them.

Why Gahan should have three tracks on it when one of them (Come Back) is worse than any of his solo work is beyond me. There are some good extra tracks on the box set that could have turned this into a decent record.

It begins quite alright. In Chains is a slow but decent opener. The Gahan track Hole To Feed is quite catchy and Wrong is just outstandingly good. Fragile Tension, In Sympathy and Perfect all sound way to similar and uninteresting. Miles Away/The Truth Is at least has some experimenting with the drum sound. The album closer Corrupt is another of the "good" tracks.

I've tried really hard to like it but together with Ultra this really is a crap record coming from this band. Vintage equipment alone won't make a great songs.


January 30, 2011
edited over 7 years ago

Yes, the great one! as for me it's another one of my fav DM albums among BC, Ultra, Exciter, PTA and probably Violator too...


March 7, 2010

I must admit that the "In Chains" got me form the first second and made me open to the complete album. I was completely disappointed by "Playing The Angel" (for me one of their worst albums) and thus curious (and frightened) about what this album would sound like.

For my taste they finally found their way back and connected well to their earlier sound that I personally have missed a lot since the release of "Songs of Faith and Devotion". For me, "Violator" is their best album and I find that SOTU follows that sound pretty well. Not to get me wrong - I don't want a copy of "Violator", but of all albums since "Songs of Faith..", SOTU is the one that continues the sound of "Violator " and "Music for the Masses" best. Maybe it's just that I hang on to these old analogue synth-sounds, but on the other hand it's the sound that DM stands for. It's the sound that was defined by DM to a better part and that is also typical for Mute Records.

It's just good to me to find out that with this album Depeche Mode is Depeche Mode again.


February 15, 2010
OMG, This is now my FAVORITE album by Depeche Mode. I have been a hard-core fan since 1984, and for awhile 'Some Great Reward' was my favorite album by DM, and then for years I considered 'Black Celebration' my favorite album by DM. But now, 'Sounds Of The Universe' takes the top spot. This is Depeche Mode at their best. A deep but optimistic album that takes you on a journey, this time they blend excellent lyrics with thoughtful music and heartfelt vocals. This album is catchy and memorable, yet it is also not a "singles" album, or a "hits" album, it is more of a consistent album that flows flawlessly, every track on here is excellent on the album, and if you get a chance, the tracks on the Box-Set version are just as amazing.

I really love how Depeche Mode have blended the antique analog synths with the newer electro sounds of today. I really hope they continue in this direction.

The song-writing by Martin and Dave are top notch here. My favorite track remains to be 'Peace', and also the latest single 'Fragile Tension'. Other tracks near the top of my favorites list are: 'Wrong', 'Come Back', 'Perfect' and 'In Sympathy'.



May 17, 2009
My opinion about this record is somewhere in the middle of the two previous reviews here. "Sounds of the Universe" is a record that doesn't hurt, but there is also not much to catch my attention, neither in a negative nor in a positive way. The analog sounds of the songs are great if you like electronic music, but I think the weak point is that almost every song gets out of breath, this record just misses climaxes. It's hard to say this about a record of this band, but "Sounds of the Universe" is almost well produced background music. So it's a typical 3/5 for me.


May 17, 2009
I was immediately attracted to the review posted regarding Depeche Mode's current universal affair...

Cannot tell whether it's just me but I get quite confused by most people giving favourable reviews of a rather shallow and utterly spineless new material. Myself being a dedicated listener of theirs, comparing it to any previous album, 'Sounds of the Universe' is no crime - however, Depeche chose to dismiss many other fine retro examples from their rich and potent electro pop catalogue.

Electronic bleeps and minimal exercise the group seem to follow, especially on their previous two albums - Exciter' and 'Playing the Angel', now suddenly slide off in a direction of boring, repeated cliches.

Not that Depeche were free of cliches earlier on - giving a specific trademark to their catalogue with every next of albums and singles (recognisable vocal affectations, balladic value against stripped down beats, etc.). Only now it's just too plain obvious Martin, Dave and Fletch are simply no longer inspired.

They insist on enjoying the creative process but the final result is three people and their close associates getting nowhere particular, stretching half baked songs into something of a rushed studio album. Which has its moments but doesn't explore any new ground - something the very title tries to imply.

The music side of the album is a list of practically straight rewrites - In Chains, Perfect, Corrupt, Peace, In Sympathy, Come Back, Fragile Tension, Little Soul, Hole To Feed, Spacewalker, Miles Away... - concerning which, no matter how precise your personal impressions by comparison go, you won't be 'Wrong'.

The only song that stands out from the lot is 'Jezebel' - it could fit even more into Martin's new, as yet unreleased, eventual solo-album.

'Sounds of the Universe' is a poor reprise of the group's (and occasionally others' as well) uncomparrably better past (and present, if you insist) - the efforts put more into promoting the album's vintage gear than the actual quality of the very songs.

Dave's vocals are punching at full, impressively strong pace but also sound less convincing of a rock singer Dave desperately tries (proving) to be. There is too much drama over pathetic, if not entirely shallow lyrics.

Wrapped in even more dreadful Anton Corbijn's artwork, 'Sounds of the Universe' represent one weak spot of a legendary group - ironically, that is also an accomplishment. They headed for the grandiose but got sucked into a black hole.


May 16, 2009

After almost 30 years of crafting the finest catalogue of electronic music in the world, where do you go and what do you do? Sounds Of The Universe is where you go, bolder, fearless, provocative and most definitely not playing by any of the rules is what you do. It clicks and it grinds, it growls and it whispers, it provokes and pushes boundaries when their appear to be none left to push and just when you thought you got to know Depeche Mode, finally, they turn our theories and demands on their heads. If thats not the sign of a great album and a great band, then I don't know what is.