• Record Label: EMI
  • Release Date: Apr 21, 2009
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 88 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 88
  2. Negative: 9 out of 88

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  1. Jun 19, 2011
    Depeche Mode has made a huge change in sound since exciter. That said Sounds of the Universe is a great disc with some of the best of what they can offer: Great vocals, wonderful lyrics and amazing music with a dark and grim tone.
  2. ChaseP
    Apr 21, 2009
    Its a great album and it deserves a great score. Who cares if they dont have that new sound or that old sound. They are Depeche Mode, and they do something different on every album. And Sounds of the Universe is one of their best.
  3. DanA
    Apr 21, 2009
    Always cutting edge and fresh Depeche Mode have done it again. Pushing the envelope, perfectly ok with saying away from commercial trends. Like all DM CD's you need to listen to it several times to take it all in. It will really grow to be a favorite.
  4. Brandon
    Apr 23, 2009
    it's a great album. On repeated listens, one will understand the great harmonies and overall great songwriting this album contains.
  5. JonasY.
    May 30, 2009
    WOW! GREAT ALBUM .. BEST PURCHASE EVER.. I agree absolute with the title sounds of the UNIVERSE.. it defines it unfiltered a true crowdpleaser , heavenly... pick this badboy up today.
  6. davide
    Apr 21, 2009
    SOTU is DM at their best. A sonically lush and expansive album, vocally Dave and Martin have never sounded better, and a perfect balance of soulfull beats, distinct melodies and a few surprise turns. Their best album in 20 years.
  7. IgorA
    Apr 27, 2009
    Not better then "playing the angel" but strong and nice album, excellent singing.
  8. LinoG.
    May 4, 2009
    Any Depeche Mode follower would be foolish to pass on this wonderful album. From second one to the the album's close, this is a great listening experience. This is Depeche Mode at their best, and I'm thrilled to have embarked on this, their latest journey.
  9. FelipeP
    Apr 21, 2009
    Fantastic album, one of the best albums of Depeche Mode, I love it!
  10. MikeR
    Apr 23, 2009
    Solid album, each song is fresh and well crafted. DM pushes the envelope and sets a new pace! A+.
  11. CarlosO.
    Apr 23, 2009
    This album is almost perfect, taking count its a 30 year old band, you would never expect something so fresh and full of variety, it`s a bit too long thou , to me if you cut out ` In Sympathy` and `Perfect` out, that lay on the dissonant fillers category , you get a perfect tight Album in the vein of Songs Of Faith and Devotion.

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. The result sounds like a time machine back to the Eighties.
  2. 60
    Sounds of the Universe comes on a bit softer, with less industrial guitar clang and more of chief songwriter Martin Gore's dreamy atmospherics.
  3. A less then stellar return, then, but a welcome one nevertheless.