14 Songs, 1 Hour 2 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Almost three decades into their career, Depeche Mode keep regenerating. Sure, the magisterial angst of “Wrong” and the sharp melodies of “Fragile Tension” and “Perfect” are familiar tropes by now, and the warmth of the analogue equipment employed is deliberately retro, but there’s a satisfying sense of adventure here too. “Come Back”’s torpid throb and twisted guitars recall My Bloody Valentine, while the winningly blithe “Spacewalker” is a first foray into lounge music.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Almost three decades into their career, Depeche Mode keep regenerating. Sure, the magisterial angst of “Wrong” and the sharp melodies of “Fragile Tension” and “Perfect” are familiar tropes by now, and the warmth of the analogue equipment employed is deliberately retro, but there’s a satisfying sense of adventure here too. “Come Back”’s torpid throb and twisted guitars recall My Bloody Valentine, while the winningly blithe “Spacewalker” is a first foray into lounge music.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

navvet83 ,

Second Impressions

I did not care for this album at all when it first came out. Nothing 'grabbed' me the way "Enjoy the Silence" or "It's No Good" did when they were released. Now that I walk at work every day and have been listening to DM for inspiration I decided to give "Sounds" another chance. Surprisingly I find myself listening to it nearly every day now. Not the best DM album, no 'single' on the album ("Wrong" isn't even the best cut) but taken as a whole an inspired effort. Give the whole album a listen before making up your mind. Wish I'd done that four years ago.

T.M.H (Total Music Head) ,

A Fantastic Album

While I'll agree that it isn't as amazing as 'Playing the Angel' or even 'Violator', this album still has some great material. Songs on here show that DM was trying to mix up a rock sound into their modern synthpop music, and it honestly worked. The lyrics on here are as great of writing as you'd expect from anything DM album. This album is pretty amazing if you go at it with an open mind and not expecting it to be better than 'Violator'.

Mr. Drinks ,

An uneven album

“Wrong” proved that these guys can still write a seething, biting, dark, pop hit. It has everything we love about Depeche Mode. A great beat, great synths, deviant lyrics, all done to a poppy melody through Dave’s traveled crooning. The rest of the album is a mixed bag. “In Chains”, and “Corrupt” are vintage Depeche, and “Jezebel” is a fine Martin anti-ballad. But the rest is very forgettable.. While it’s great that Dave Gahan has spread his wings into the songwriting arena, and he truly has some talent there, his offerings don’t measure up to Martin’s. Sonically, this album is great as usual, and it’s testament to Depeche that “great as usual" is taken for granted with them when it comes to that.

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