Dave Gahan’s follow up to Paper Monsters showcases a more mature and developed approach to his songwriting. The sounds explored on Hourglass do not deviate too much from what Depeche Mode has done since Ultra.

Fans who might not appreciate their sound throughout the past decade might be disappointed with this album. If anything makes this album worthwhile, it’s Gahan’s formula of mixing his signature baritone voice with ambient music in a minimalist setting.

Grade: B

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