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Sounds Of The Universe

  1. In Chains 6.53
  2. The way you move
    Has got me yearning
    The way you move
    Has left me burning
    I know you know what you're doing to me
    I know my hands will never be free
    I know what it's like to be
    In chains

    The way you move
    Is meant to haunt me
    The way you move
    To tempt and taunt me
    I know you knew on the day you were born
    I know somehow I should've been warned
    I know I walk every midnight to dawn
    In Chains

    In chains, I'm in chains
    In chains, I'm in chains

    You've got me dying for you
    It's you that I'm living through
    You've got me praying to you
    Saying to you anything you want me to
    You've got me reaching for you
    My souls beseeching me too
    You've got me singing to you
    Bringing to you anything you ask me to

    The way you move
    Is mesmerizing
    The way you move
    Is hypnotizing
    I know I crumble when you are around
    Stutter, mumble, a pitiful sound
    Stagger, stumble, shackled and bound
    In chains

    In chains, I'm in chains
    In chains, I'm in chains

    You've got me dying for you
    It's you that I'm living through
    You've got me praying to you
    Saying to you anything you want me to
    You've got me reaching for you
    My souls beseeching me too
    You've got me singing to you
    Bringing to you anything you ask me to

    I'm in chains

    In chains, I'm in chains
    In chains, I'm in chains
    In chains, I'm in chains
  3. Hole to Feed 3.59
  4. We are here
    We can love
    We share something
    I'm sure that you mean the world to me

    Your name was the one that was always chosen
    Your words and your kindness have set me free
    Shame has a hold that has kept us frozen
    You opened my eyes to a world that I could believe

    And words can leave you broken inside
    You'll have to decide
    I'm hanging on to my pride

    We are here
    We can love
    We share something
    I'm sure that you mean the world to me
    When you get what you need
    There's no way of knowing
    What you'll have is another hole to feed

    The games that we're playing, they've left us hoping
    The gift that we have, the life that we breathe
    This world can leave you broken inside
    With nowhere to hide
    I'm hanging on to my pride

    We are here
    We've been chosen
    We've been blessed with a place
    We need to find and then open

    We are here
    We can love
    We share something
    I'm sure that you mean the world to me
    When you get what you need
    There's no way of knowing
    What you'll have is another hole to feed
  5. Wrong 3.13
  6. I was born with the wrong sign
    In the wrong house
    With the wrong ascendancy
    I took the wrong road
    That led to the wrong tendencies
    I was in the wrong place at the wrong time
    For the wrong reason and the wrong rhyme
    On the wrong day of the wrong week
    I used the wrong method with the wrong technique

    Wrong

    Wrong

    There's something wrong with me chemically
    Something wrong with me inherently
    The wrong mix in the wrong genes
    I reached the wrong ends by the wrong means
    It was the wrong plan
    In the wrong hands
    With the wrong theory for the wrong man
    The wrong lies, on the wrong vibes
    The wrong questions with the wrong replies

    Wrong

    Wrong

    I was marching to the wrong drum
    With the wrong scum
    Pissing out the wrong energy
    Using all the wrong lines
    And the wrong signs
    With the wrong intensity
    I was on the wrong page of the wrong book
    With the wrong rendition of the wrong hook
    Made the wrong move, every wrong night
    With the wrong tune played till it sounded right yeah

    Wrong

    Wrong


    Too long

    Wrong

    I was born with the wrong sign
    In the wrong house
    With the wrong ascendancy
    I took the wrong road
    That led to the wrong tendencies
    I was in the wrong place at the wrong time
    For the wrong reason and the wrong rhyme
    On the wrong day of the wrong week
    I used the wrong method with the wrong technique

    Wrong
  7. Fragile Tension 4.09
  8. There's a fragile tension
    That's keeping us going
    It may not last forever
    But oh, when it's flowing

    There's something magical in the air
    Something so tragic we have to care

    There's a strange obsession
    That's drawing us nearer
    We don't understand it
    It never gets clearer

    There's something mystical in our genes
    So simplistic it kicks and screams

    Oh when we're teetering
    On the edge of collapse
    Nothing can keep us down

    There's a dizzying feeling
    That's keeping us flying
    Through glittering gardens
    Without even trying

    There's something radical in our hands
    Nothing logical to our plans
  9. Little Soul 3.31
  10. My little light
    Is going to shine
    Shine out so bright
    And illuminate your mind

    My little soul
    Will leave a footprint

    This little voice
    Is going to sing
    I have no choice
    It will infinitely ring

    My little soul
    Will leave a footprint

    I'm channeling the universe
    It's focusing itself inside of me
    A singularity

    My little words
    Are going to sting
    Haven't you heard
    The pain and joy they bring

    My little soul
    Will leave a footprint

    I'm channeling the universe
    It's focusing itself inside of me
    A singularity

    Your little eyes
    They're going to see
    I can't disguise
    The beauty inside me

    My little soul
    Will leave a footprint
  11. In Sympathy 4.54
  12. They're almost falling over you
    Why don't they call a truce
    Whatever they are trying to do
    It's of little use

    They're drowning you in compliments
    Trying to furnish proof
    And though they speak with eloquence
    There is little truth

    You're bright, you're strong
    You know your right from wrong
    At least to some degree
    You're wise, you're tough
    You've heard their lies enough
    You smile in sympathy

    I'm watching your serenity
    The way your soul transcends
    Their tedious obscenities
    Your patience never ends

    And as the night begins to fade
    You're heading for the door
    Followed by a sad parade
    You're on your own once more

    You're bright, you're strong
    You know your right from wrong
    At least to some degree
    You're wise, you're tough
    You've heard their lies enough
    You smile in sympathy

    You're bright, you're strong
    You know your right from wrong
    At least to some degree
    You're wise, you're tough
    You've heard their lies enough
    You smile in sympathy
  13. Peace 4.29
  14. Peace will come to me
    Peace will come to me

    I'm leaving bitterness behind
    This time I'm cleaning out my mind
    There is no space for the regrets
    I will remember to forget

    Just look at me
    I am walking love incarnate
    Look at the frequencies at which I vibrate
    I'm going to light up the world

    Peace will come to me
    Peace will come to me

    I'm leaving anger in the past
    With all the shadows that it casts
    There is a radar in my heart
    I should have trusted from the start

    Just look at me
    I'm a living act of holiness
    Giving all the positivity that I possess
    I'm going to light up the world

    Peace will come to me
    Just wait and see
    Peace will come to me
    It's meant to be
    Peace will come to me
    Just wait and see
    Peace will come to me
    It's an inevitability
  15. Come Back 5.15
  16. Come back
    Come back to me
    I'll be waiting here
    Patiently

    Come back
    Come back to me
    I'll be waiting here
    Patiently

    I've been walking a thin, white line
    Between love and hate
    I could use a little company
    A little kindness can go a long way

    Weeks turn into months
    Months turn into years
    Reaching the same conclusions
    Gathering up the fear

    Come back
    Come back to me
    I'll be waiting here
    Patiently

    I've been walking a thin, white line
    Between love and hate
    I could use a little company
    A little kindness can go a long way

    Weeks turn into months
    Months turn into years
    Reaching the same conclusions
    Gathering up the fear

    Come back
    Come back to me
    I'll be waiting here
    Patiently

    Light will always shine
    In the heart of you
    In truth and in reality
    Only blindness can hide it away
    I could use a little restraint
    A little kindness can go a long way

    Weeks turn into months
    Months turn into years
    Reaching the same conclusions
    Gathering up the fear
    Living the same delusion
    Gathering up the fear
    Gathering up the fear
    Gathering up the fear
    Gathering up the fear

    Come back
  17. Spacewalker 1.53
  18. Instrumental - no lyrics
  19. Perfect 4.33
  20. On another world
    By another star
    At another place and time
    In another state of consciousness
    In another state of mind

    Everything was almost perfect
    Everything fell into place
    The jury reached a different verdict
    Before the judge dismissed the case

    In a parallel universe
    That's happening right now
    Things between us must be worse
    But it's hard to see just how

    And everything could have been perfect
    Everything in the right place
    Then I wouldn't have to play the suspect
    Accused, abandoned, and disgraced

    I didn't shoot
    I didn't pull the trigger
    It wasn't me
    I'm just a plain and simple singer
    I heard the sound
    I turned my head around
    To watch our love shot down

    In another lonely universe
    We're laying side by side
    And no one's hurt
    And no one's cursed
    And no one needs to hide

    And everything is almost perfect
    Everything is almost right
    There are never any conflicts
    There are never any fights
  21. Miles Away/The Truth Is 4.14
  22. It's one of those conversations, we've, we've had them before
    The ones that leave you empty, and wanting for more
    Your eyes they tell me something, that I understand
    You're eyes they hold the thruth, and the truth is

    You're miles away
    You're miles away
    You're miles away

    Excuse me for my hesitation I've, I've met you before
    Your face seems so familiar, and longing for more
    You're eyes they tell me something, that I understand
    You're eyes they hold the truth, and the truth is

    You're miles away
    You're miles away
    You're miles away
    With all your superstitions and empty lines
    I could be just like you
    Withdrawn but alive

    Life it has it's limitations, we all have our needs
    Love would be the only answer, It lies underneath
    You're eyes they tell me something, that I understand
    You're eyes they hold the truth, and the truth is

    You're miles away
    You're miles away
    You're miles away
  23. Jezebel 4.41
  24. They call you Jezebel
    Whenever we walk in
    You're going straight to hell
    For wanton acts of sin
    They say
    And that I'll have to pay
    But I need you
    Just this way

    They call you Jezebel
    For what you like to wear
    You're morally unwell
    They say you'll never care
    For me
    But what they fail to see
    Is that your games
    Are the key

    Open their eyes to the beauty
    Open their hearts to the fun
    Open their minds to the idea
    That you don't own someone

    They call you Jezebel
    Whenever men walk by
    They say that they can tell
    The longing in your eyes
    Is real
    And how you really feel
    But they can't see
    Your appeal

    Jezebel
  25. Corrupt 5.04
  26. I could corrupt you in a heartbeat
    You think you're so special
    Think you're so sweet

    What are you trying
    Don't even tempt me
    Soon you'll be crying
    And wishing you dreamt me

    You'd be calling out my name
    When you need someone to blame

    I could corrupt you
    It would be easy
    Watching you suffer
    Girl, it would please me

    But I wouldn't touch you
    With my little finger
    I know it would crush you
    My memory would linger

    You'd be crying out in pain
    Begging me to play my games

    I could corrupt you
    It would be ugly
    They could sedate you
    But what good would drugs be

    But I wouldn't touch you
    Put my hands on your hips
    It would be too much to
    Place my lips on your lips

    You'd be calling out my name
    Begging me to play my games

久しぶりのヒットです!

人によって好みは違うと思いますが、私は前作“Playing the Angel”や前々作“Exciter”よりも好きです。飽きずに毎日聴いてます!

デモ音源も聴くべきものでいっぱい

我々、デペッシュ・モードのファンにとって重要なのはやはり「音源」であり、同時に「アートワーク」の素晴らしさも、同時に欲しいものであります。
結果は、どちらも文句なしの出来になりました。「ウォーキング・イン・マイ・シューズ」を、マーティン・ゴアが歌っているのを聴いたときには、やや耳を疑いたくなりました。デモ音源「クリーン」の荘厳なおももちは、ちょっと姿勢を正して聴くべきもの。もちろん「サウンズ・オブ・ザ・ユニバース」自体にも、文句がありません。
アートワークもなかなかいい。メンバーの写真が主で、おなじみアントン・コービンによるものもあります。ただ、「値段が高いなあ」と感じたので☆は4つです。そこを除けば、まったく文句はありません。

聞きやすく且つ、満足度も高い

自分には、これくらいがちょうど良いかも。

Depeche modeというと、どうしても奈落まで落ちていくかのような、どこまでもダウナーな内容になるような印象があったりする(それはそれで好きなのだけど)
が、これはポップな部分が残り聞きやすい。

とはいえ厚みが無い、薄いということではなくて、いつものデペッシュの
良さはちゃんと残り、満足させてくれる。

聞いた中では個人的にこのアルバムが一番好きかも。

素晴らしい!!

彼らが原宿(ピテカン)、赤坂(ラテンクオーター)で初来日した時、ピテカンの時に
観に行ったのが、今でも懐かしい思い出です。
早速購入して、毎日聴いてますが、なるほど、音響的にはもうやることがない彼らです
が、聴けば聴くほど、奥が深い作品ではないでしょうか。
個人的には、Peace,Oh Well,Wrongは素晴らしい。
ビンテージものの機材である、アナログシンセやドラムシンセを購入したんですね。
自分も購入したDSソフトのKORG DS-10で、アナログシンセごっこしてますが。

聞いても聞いても

聞いていなかった音を発見出来るというか、まさに「スルメ」な一枚。
今回ヴィンテージ楽器を使っているためか、レトロな風合いを踏襲しているようにも聞けるが、聞くたびにデペッシュモードの「新しさ」をも体感することが出来る。

「in sympathy」「perfect」が今のところ好きかな。
聞き込めば変わってきそうだけど・・

結成30年、これからも是非、新しい音を。

ビター

デペッシュモードの音楽って難しそうでなんだか心に刺さるんですよね。
洋楽とか普段全然聴かないんですけどデペッシュモードは別。
カッコいい悪魔みたいな音楽ですよ。
あ、良い意味で悪魔。
普段聴く普通の音楽が良いモンならデペッシュは悪モン(笑)
もちろんいい意味で。
悪者が欲しい時もありますよね?
そんなビターな音楽、最後までジックリ味わってみることをお勧めします。

スルメ盤かと思いきや…意外なポップさの片鱗が良い感じ

自分はこのアルバムでデペッシュ・モードを初めて知ったわけだが、

あまりこういったシーンに詳しくない人間(まあ自分もそうなのだが)は「なんだこりゃ」と思うかもしれない。

一聴すれば、その楽曲の優れた構成力と安定感が伝わってくるのだが、キャリアも長さもあってか決して派手さがあるわけではなく、“渋い”とも形容できる様な重厚感のあるアルバムに感じたのだ。

そういった印象を抱きながら、「これはいわゆるスルメ盤ってやつかな」と思って最初は聴いていたのだが…時より現れるポップセンスには思わず心を掴まれてしまった。

特に4曲目「flagile tension」のトラックなんて、昨今のテクノポップブームで耳が肥えてきている人はスルーせずにはいられないんじゃないか。

そこにのっかってくるボーカルのメロディーは王道のUKといった感じで、やっぱり決してそのまま期待通りに突き抜けてキャッチーというわけではないのだが、それがなんだかジラされてる気分で、Mっ気のある自分には逆に良かったりする(笑)

そうこうしながらモジモジと聴いていると、いつの間にか中毒的に取り憑かれた様についリピートしている自分がいるのだ。淀んでいる流れの中でフワフワと浮遊しながらも、意識はハッキリと昂ぶっている様な不思議な感覚に襲われた。

エレクトロニック初心者がもう一歩深い世界に進むにはとてつもなく素晴らしいアルバムなんじゃないだろうか。是非一聴してほしい。特にMな人には(笑)

「進化」ではなく「深化」

 ライブ作品「Touring the Angel」では全曲生ドラムの導入を試みるなどサウンド面での進化を見せ付けていただけに、個人的にはかなり期待していた今作。だが、サウンド面で期待していた「進化」は「深化」として纏まっており、全体的に前作の延長上の曲調になっている。

 昔からアルバム一枚の中でキメの数曲が異常にデキが良くて、後の曲では緩急を交えながら全体の雰囲気で聴かせる感じの作品が多い彼らだが、今回はトータル感は作れているが肝心のキメの曲に欠けるのが減点対象。ただ、キラー・チューンは無いものの、シングル・カットされた「Wrong」など、デイヴの歌の表現力に更に磨きがかかっている曲が幾つかあるのは今作の収穫だと思う。全体的に地味なアルバムだが、前作の曲同様、ライブで演奏されると違った印象になるかも。とりあえず、前作が好きだった人は「買い」でしょう。

自分への記念品

パッケージ内容は各レビューで紹介されてますが、素晴らしい内容です。
アルバム本編、リミックス、デモ音源、ショートフィルム、豪華写真集・・・・
これでもか!と言わんばかりの盛り沢山振りです。
おまけに、3人のサイン入りのシリアルカードも入ってました!!

彼等の長いキャリア同様、自分も含め長年ファンをしてきた者への記念品のようなパッケージだと思います。
彼等と人生を共に歩んできたファンの皆様、是非手にして、結成30周年の喜びを共に喜び、分かちあいましょう!!

そして今度こそは!と来日公演を祈りましょう!

demoの評価

やはりヒット曲のデモが聴けるところがウリであるだろう。
ここでわかるのは、マーティンの作曲能力の高さだろう。
このようなものが基盤となって、完成するのなら名曲になると確信する内容。
マニアは驚くはず、又アルバムからもれた曲も逸脱で彼らの音楽に対する真摯な姿勢が伝わる。しかし、12000ですからね。評価は最高にはつけられないですね

前作の延長上の作品

 デペッシュモードの新作だが、印象としては前作からのインターバルがかなり短いなと・・・。それだけ活動モードに入っているのでしょう。彼らのアルバムは全作愛聴しており、最も尊敬するバンドなのだが、前作と今作のサウンドの路線は個人的には何かワクワクするような新鮮な感覚がないんですよね。今回も勿論現役感バリバリの時代の潮流を捉えた力作なのですが、過去のデペッシュのイメージを縮小再生産状態というか、要するにプロデューサーのBen Hillierがしっくりこない。ブラーとかのプロデューサーですよ。エレクトロニック方面の人やないやん。彼ら的には二回目ということは相当気に入ったようだが、このBen Hillierの音作りは強烈にアランワイルダー不在のサウンド面での弱さを強調されているような気がする。ここ数年の最近作ではティムシムノンやマークベルといったテクノ方面のプロデューサーを起用した作品があまり好評ではなく、Ben Hillierを起用した前作は評判が良いというのが一般的な見方だが、これが納得いかない。個人的にはティムシムノンやマークベルとやったアルバムのほうがデペッシュの楽曲の魅力をより際出させていたように感じるのだが。評論家的には様々な流行のサウンドのパターンを駆使して押し出してくるよりも、前作や今作のようにアルバムに統一感があって落ち着いた雰囲気のほうが好まれたのだろうか。本作もいつものデペッシュ節全開の力作だが、やはり過去のアルバムと比較すると地味な印象が強い。殆ど前作の続編みたいな音世界なので、前作が好きな人は当然気に入るだろう。個人的には前作とはガラっと雰囲気を変えて欲しかったのだが・・・・。

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