Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Sounds of the Universe 2×12" Vinyl + CD 6 + 8 + 13 Mute CDSTUMM300, STUMM300 5099969605512
Sounds of the Universe CD 13 Mute CDSTUMM300 5099969605529
Sounds of the Universe CD + DVD 13 + 18 Mute LCDSTUMM300 5099969891427
Sounds of the Universe (deluxe box set) 3×CD + DVD-Video 13 + 11 + 14 + 26 Mute BXSTUMM300 5099969577628
Sounds of the Universe (CD+DVD) CD + DVD 13 + 18 Mute LCDSTUMM300 5099969676727
Sounds of the Universe CD 13 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), Mute, Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) 50999 6 96769 2 5 5099969676925
Sounds of the Universe (deluxe edition) CD + DVD 13 + 18 Mute 50999 6 96770 2 1 5099969677021
Sounds of the Universe CD 13
Sounds of the Universe CD 14 EMI Music Japan Inc. (2007-06-30 to 2013-04-01 - record company, do NOT USE as release label - check the back cover or CD surface for the imprint) TOCP-66877 4988006871816
Sounds of the Universe CD + DVD 14 + 18 Mute TOCP-66878 4988006871823
Sounds of the Universe (deluxe version) Digital Media 17 Mute
Sounds of the Universe CD 13 Mute LCDSTUMM300 5099969676727
Sounds of the Universe Digital Media 14 [none]
Bootleg
Sounds of the Universe CD + DVD 18 + 26 Mute (Bootleg version, pretending to be the real Mute) 22072, 4607147893456 4607147893456
Pseudo-Release
サウンズ・オブ・ザ・ユニバース CD 14 EMI Music Japan Inc. (2007-06-30 to 2013-04-01 - record company, do NOT USE as release label - check the back cover or CD surface for the imprint) TOCP-66877
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Sounds of the Universe (unknown) 17

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Fragile Tension / Hole to Feed
Peace
Wrong
supporting tours: Tour of the Universe
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000809901 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/18406 [info]
Wikidata: Q746889 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Sounds of the Universe [info]
lyrics page: http://genius.com/albums/Depeche-mode/Sounds-of-the-universe [info]
http://lyrics.wikia.com/Depeche_Mode:Sounds_Of_The_Universe_(2009) [info]
other databases: http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/depeche_mode/sounds_of_the_universe/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/4vn8 [info]

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As if to underline the artlessness of 90 percent of 'modern' pop acts who currently trade in 80s recreations, acts like U2 and the Pet Shop Boys are currently back to doing what they used to do so well. It's as if they're saying: ''hold on, we're not dead yet. stop dancing on graves that haven't even been dug.'' And now, joining 2009's roster of middle aged marvels, here come Depeche Mode. Sounds Of The Universe, the band's first album for four years reveals, here a trio who still sound just as committed and creative as they did 20 years ago. Maybe more so.

The album packs a raft of analogue synths and crunchy new wave guitar riffs. While advance notice of the album warned of the use of old school gear to evoke the cosmic, the band needed no ironic excuse to get out the Korgs and Moogs. They were doing this well before today's striplings were even a glint in the milkman's eye, so surely they have the right to wield such retro gear. And they wield it very well indeed. Like a barely reformed bad boy Dave Gahan intones, ''I could corrupt you, it would be ugly''. But despite the posturing this is a strangely warming soupcon of Eastern European cold war menace with a dash of turbo-charged Saturn Five thrown in on tracks like Come Back.

While single Wrong rides on a massed chorus and litany of ill-fortune, tracks like Perfect or Peace brim with poise and beautifully placed electronics that bring the best of Kraftwerk's very human tinkering to mind. Many of the songs remind us that self redemption is something they're justly proud of. ''I'm leaving bitterness behind this time. I'm cleaning out my mind'' sings Gahan. And while many may have scoffed at the teens from Basildon's transformation to smack addled leather and rubber goths, Martin Gore's way with a tune is fairly undeniable.

As if to highlight the intervening years that have seen Gahan branch into solo territory, there are three songs that bear his name as a co-writer; easily the equal of Gore's efforts. In return Martin gets to sing his own Jezebel which overcomes a rather risible opening couplet (''They call you Jezebel, whenever we walk in. You're going straight to hell, for wanton acts of sin'') by dint of a performance that's akin to a lounge singer on tranquilizers.

It would be nice to think that this will finally make modern bands give up on recreating the past and give us something new but it's probably a vain hope. No matter, Sounds Of The Universe easily rises above the pretenders.