May 03

Music: Depeche Mode – Sounds of the Universe

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depechemodesoundsoftheuniverse1Together with my ordered U2 album amazon UK also send me the brand new Depeche Mode album called Sounds of the Universe.

Thirteen new songs, which could have been 20 songs as well. In an interview (on the accompanied DVD) Martin Gore tells that they had so many ideas worked out that they had trouble to choose which songs would make the album. And what an album it is. Typical dark Depeche Mode style, rythmic and very strong lyrics. A new masterpiece I think.

depechemodesoundsoftheuniverse2Art direction, photography and cover design are by Anton Corbijn.

The DVD is worthwhile as well. It contains all album tracks in Dolby and DTS 5.1 surround sound, a short film introducing the album by the bandmembers, the video of ‘wrong’ and 3 remixes of 3 tracks.

Score: 9 / 10

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May 03

Music: U2 – No Line On The Horizon (Ltd Edition Magazine)

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u2nolineonthehorizonThree days ago I got a delivery from Amazon UK. One of the items was the new (well it’s already 2 months old) album from U2.

It’s a special magazine edition. The actual CD is inserted in the semi-hard covered magazine. The magazine itself contains a lot of black & white photo’s taken by Anton Corbijn. Further there’s an interview with all the band members.

After the release of the first hit-single ‘Get On Your Boots’ you might think you have an impression of the rest of the album as well, but that’s not the case. U2 promised an album which would make people dance again. I’m not a dancer, but I can tell that this album is not danceable for a lot of people.

Score: 8 / 10

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May 03

the-andromeda-strainI’ve seen the first episode of the sequel now. The story is good, most visual effects are as well. But in a way the director doesn’t take enough time to explain the ‘technical’ details of virus examination. That makes the whole story a less realistic as it could.

Score: 7 / 10

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