To my Romanian readers: I wrote this in English while I was listening to the album, so bear with me. After listening the album for the 15th time, I added some comments, but generally I stuck with my first impressions
So, the new Depeche Mode album Sounds of The Universe will be launched soon, and is already makings waves on the torrents. Here’s my fan review of it, after the first listening:
In Chains – opens magnificently, then disappoints. Way to slow, dreamy, repetitive and whiny. Couldn’t manage to like it even after listening 15 times. And the lyrics suck.
Hole to Feed – rocky piece of commercial garbage. Easy to sing along, though. Should be fine in clubs, hands in the air.
Wrong – rough, rhythmic gem of a song. No wonder it was chosen as a single! Instant classic. And did you see the video?
Fragile Tension – nice lamentation, kind of PTA-like. Again, too slow, dreamy and whiny. Could not relate to it even for the 15th time.
Little Soul – YEAH! DM singing what they do best: ballads! Colossal one. Second instant classic. I love the beginning, the sounds effects, the synths, the everything. I would like to be buried while this plays from above. SOFAD-like, beware!
In Sympathy - nothingness and abundance of crap. Who composed this shiat?
Peace – superb new wave hymn, remembering the old shiny days. You’ll like it more and more and more.
Come back – Immediately after listening to it in the 192kbps version, I wrote that it’s another insipid ballad. Better than In Sympathy though. Please listen it on the 320kbps version. The boys really transformed it into something completely different. It’s long, very long, but sends you in another Universe. Extremely addictive afterwards. Yeah.
Spacewalker – evidently an instrumental piece. Nicely orchestrated. Moving along…
Perfect – this song appears to go nowhere, but will grow on you. Listen to the lyrics and you’ll know why!
Miles Away – easy to sing commercial piece. The genre you will be humming in the bathroom
Jezebel - been there done that. Contrived song that you’ll perhaps appreciate at the fourth or fifth listening. But not sooner. After listening it 15 times, I can say: YES, it finally sunk in.
Corrupt - the saddest thing about this song is that it ends the album, and ends all hope for a better song on this album too. Not bad, but not good either. Interesting, but not moving.
So, bottom line for my review… Songs of the Universe has only three great pieces of music: Wrong, Little Soul and Come Back, and some solid work, like Peace, Jezebel and Perfect. The rest is, sadly, pretty sappy. Perhaps some songs will grow on you, but we’re far even from Exciter. This album is rather soulless, and this is the saddest thing about it.
What I do like, however, is that it brings back those weird sounds early fans grew accustomed to. Martin did a great job with the eBay acquisitions, and Dave’s voice is perfect. An experiment, even a daring one – isn’t it what Depeche Mode is best known for? I know that for the moment I feel like listening to SOFAD for the first time, but that’s a good sign, isn’t it?
Ah… and I would like to hear the boys singing together, not Martin then Dave then Martin and so on. They’re much better together!!
BONUS: Here is a wonderful kernfusion remix of Wrong by the remix master DominatrixRMX:
ps. BUY the album, as I will.
pps. Feel free to disagree with me, or to write what impression this album made on you!