Hourglass - Dave Gahan
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  • Summary: This is the second solo album for the Depeche Mode singer.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. These songs show him in a newly redemptive prime, and will satisfy both short and long term devotees.
  2. Gahan hasn’t arrived at the palace of wisdom yet, but it sounds like he’s enjoying travelling this new route there.
  3. Gahan has crafted an genuine album utilizing old and new tricks in surprisingly adept and original ways. [Fall 2007, p.73]
  4. Hourglass isn't a perfect album by any means, but it's got enough really good stuff on it to make your overlook the not-so-good.
  5. 60
    Hourglass plays the "I, an artist" card with equal earnestness, a collection of electronic songs that mix dungeon-master sexual predation with angst-ridden introspection. [Nov 2007, p.104]
  6. It's a vibrant affair. [Nov 2007, p.138]
  7. Left to his own devices, Gahan, a mediocre songwriter at best, is forced to rely mostly on personality. Hourglass, his second solo album, is more a collection of moods than tunes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. carolg
    Feb 1, 2008
    10
    the worst thing an artist can do is listen to the critics opinions. for if they had the talent they wouldn't be making a living off the worst thing an artist can do is listen to the critics opinions. for if they had the talent they wouldn't be making a living off judging others. i praise Dave for a job well done, you have the voice and talent, and a handsome performer! Keep up the good work, I also hope Depeche Mode will get together for another tour sometime. Expand
  2. LenaC.
    Oct 29, 2007
    10
    Amazing mature work, incredibly sincere, colorful, full of emotions great Dave
  3. ReikoK.
    Nov 5, 2007
    10
    Amazing album! You should have one!!
  4. MarcoT.
    Oct 28, 2007
    9
    Very good album from a great artist.
  5. SühanG.
    Nov 3, 2007
    9
    Can't understand really why most the mags have given so low ratings, but in terms of musical well being, it is well above the many Can't understand really why most the mags have given so low ratings, but in terms of musical well being, it is well above the many high-credited Indie Rock albums released this year. It is similarly mainstream as Depeche Mode and similarly out of mainstream as NIN. Has some small touches of experiments on Dave's side. It is definitely worth giving credit after all. Expand
  6. DJPAULMC
    Feb 19, 2008
    7
    Gahan's second solo release has peaks & valleys, plenty of different sounds. The remix CD of the first single "Kingdom" gives the song Gahan's second solo release has peaks & valleys, plenty of different sounds. The remix CD of the first single "Kingdom" gives the song some definite added punch. There is also a vinyl-only 12" single of Kingdom that has a fantatic remix by Ralphi Rosario and Jody Denbroeder. Hard to find, but definitely worth seeking out! Hourglass is unique full length, and if your a longtime Depeche Mode fan you will appreciate it. Expand
  7. MarioO.
    Nov 1, 2007
    5
    I expected much more from his second album.

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