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Sounds Of The Universe

Depeche Mode

Sounds Of The Universe

12th release from the electro-pop veterans

ADM rating[?]

6.5

Label
Mute
UK Release date
20/04/2009
  1. 10.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    Depeche Mode's electro arrangements, every sound altered and treated to create a unique sonic palette, shows up the imaginative constraints of most guitar-based rock.
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  2. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    It’s just a damn fine record, possessed of the kind of unshowy high quality the Basildon band have seemingly actively opposed in the past.
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  3. 8.0 |   The Sunday Times

    A record that is far better than a band’s 12th studio album has any right to be.
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  4. 7.0 |   Blender

    You could roll your eyes and complain that these guys are still pimping teen angst in middle age, but really it sounds more like it’s matured into the longest-running mid-life crisis ever.
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  5. 7.0 |   The Quietus

    Anyone looking for the bangers of yore will be disappointed, but the suggestion that Depeche Mode have lost it is merely a blasphemous rumour.
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  6. 7.0 |   NME

    They don’t always get the balance right between new and old, but this suggests an exciting old age.
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  7. 6.3 |   Pitchfork

    The days of earth-quaking, Zeitgeist-shifting Depeche Mode awesomeness may likely be behind them, but that doesn't make Sounds of the Universe any less worthy of the band's legacy.
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  8. 6.0 |   Spin

    Comes on a bit softer, with less industrial guitar clang and more of chief songwriter Martin Gore's dreamy atmospherics
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  9. 6.0 |   Spin

    Less industrial guitar clang and more of chief songwriter Martin Gore's dreamy atmospherics.
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  10. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    True to the band's advancing years, however, there's a bit too much padding in the middle of the album. 
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  11. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    While there's nothing new, they're still an unstoppable force of nature. 
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  12. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    While there's nothing new, they're still an unstoppable force of nature. 
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  13. 5.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Sounds like a time machine back to the Eighties.
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  14. 4.0 |   The Scotsman

    A compromise between Depeche Mode's anthem-wielding, arena-filling guise and a desire to make more contemplative, esoteric electronica.
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