Sounds of the Universe Even those born in a bat cave would have a tough time sustaining the level of broody nocturnal drama that England's dark lords of dance-rock… Sounds of the Universe Even those born in a bat cave would have a tough time sustaining the level of broody nocturnal drama that England's dark lords of dance-rock… 2009-04-21 Depeche Mode Rock
Music Review

Sounds of the Universe (2009)

United We Stand: Depeche Mode
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United We Stand: Depeche Mode
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Apr 21, 2009; Lead Performance: Depeche Mode; Genre: Rock

Even those born in a bat cave would have a tough time sustaining the level of broody nocturnal drama that England's dark lords of dance-rock have maintained for nearly 30 years. Somehow, though, on Sounds of the Universe they still sound genuinely inspired, especially on tracks like the fragile ''In Sympathy'' and the hypnotic ''Peace.'' Lead single ''Wrong'' revisits classic black-heart Mode, but there's something gentler here, too — not so much a softening as a graceful evolution. B+

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Originally posted Apr 14, 2009 Published in issue #1044-1045 Apr 24, 2009 Order article reprints