Hourglass (Dave Gahan album)

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Hourglass
Dave gahan hourglass.jpg
Studio album by
Released22 October 2007 (2007-10-22)
RecordedSpring 2007
GenreIndustrial rock, alternative rock, synthpop
Length48:38
LabelMuteSTUMM 288
Virgin50872
ProducerDave Gahan, Andrew Phillpott, Christian Eigner
Dave Gahan chronology
Paper Monsters
(2003)
Hourglass
(2007)
The Light the Dead See
(2012)
Singles from Hourglass
  1. "Kingdom"
    Released: 8 October 2007
  2. "Saw Something / Deeper and Deeper"
    Released: 14 January 2008
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic64/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club(B-)[3]
BBC(Positive)[4]
CDNOW4/5 stars[5]
The Guardian4/5 stars[6]
Now Magazine2/5 stars[7]
Pitchfork Media(5.7/10)[8]
PopMatters6/10 stars[9]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[10]
Uncut3/5 stars[11]

Hourglass is the second solo album by Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan. It was released by Mute Records on 22 October 2007 in Europe, and received generally favourable reviews. Most critics complimented its electronica sound, while some criticised it for sounding too similar to Depeche Mode.[12]

Critical reception[edit]

At Metacritic, that assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 64, based on 18 critical reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".

Ben Hogwood of musicOMH wrote "... Gahan, it seems, is progressing into a well-rounded, mature songwriter who plays to all his strengths, and in particular the cracked voice, and its ability to move from a confidential whisper to a rabble rousing bellow. These songs show him in a newly redemptive prime, and will satisfy both short and long term devotees".[13]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Dave Gahan, Andrew Phillpott and Christian Eigner.

  1. "Saw Something" – 5:14
  2. "Kingdom" – 4:34
  3. "Deeper and Deeper" – 4:34
  4. "21 Days" – 4:35
  5. "Miracles" – 4:38
  6. "Use You" – 4:48
  7. "Insoluble" – 4:57
  8. "Endless" – 5:47
  9. "A Little Lie" – 4:53
  10. "Down" – 4:34

Bonus tracks[edit]

All bonus tracks appear on the iTunes edition of Hourglass.

  1. "Kingdom" (Digitalism Remix) – 5:36
  2. "Use You" (K10K Remix) – 6:03
  3. "Deeper and Deeper" (SHRUBBN!! Dub) – 4:43

DVD[edit]

  1. "Hourglass – A Short Film" – 17:52
  2. "Kingdom" (promotional video) – 4:33
  3. "Hourglass – The Studio Sessions" – 20:03
    1. "Saw Something"
    2. "Miracles"
    3. "Kingdom"
    4. "A Little Lie"
  4. "Endless from Hourglass. The Studio Sessions" – 3:44

Personnel[edit]

The following people contributed to Hourglass:[14]

Formats[edit]

These are the formats of major album releases of Hourglass.

Release format Country Label(s) Cat. no. Release date
Standard CD[15] Europe Mute CD STUMM 288 22 October 2007
Standard CD[15] North America Virgin 5099950872121 23 October 2007
Standard CD[16] Japan Toshiba, EMI TOCP-66717 October 2007
Limited CD+DVD[15] Europe Mute LCD STUMM 288 22 October 2007
Limited CD+DVD[15] North America Virgin 5099950872329 23 October 2007
Vinyl + Bonus CD[15] Europe Mute STUMM 288 22 October 2007
Vinyl + Bonus CD[15] North America Virgin 5099950872213 23 October 2007

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[17] 15
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[18] 50
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[19] 6
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[20] 9
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[21] 16
French Albums (SNEP)[22] 18
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[23] 2
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[24] 11
Irish Albums (IRMA)[25] 73
Italian Albums (FIMI)[26] 8
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[27] 7
Scottish Albums (OCC)[28] 85
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[29] 18
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[30] 24
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[31] 5
UK Albums (OCC)[32] 50
US Billboard 200[33] 120
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[34] 1

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Poland (ZPAV)[35] Gold 10,000*
Russia (NFPF)[36] Gold 10,000*
United States 8,000[37]

* Sales figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HOURGLASS by Dave Gahan". Metacritic CBS Interactive. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  2. ^ Jeffries, David. Hourglass at AllMusic
  3. ^ Hawthorne, Marc (30 October 2007). "Hourglass Music review". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  4. ^ Spicer, Al (19 October 2007). "Welcome back to Dave's deliciously dark world... Hourglass review". BBC. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  5. ^ CDNOW review[dead link]
  6. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (19 October 2007). "Dave Gahan, Hourglass Rock CD review". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  7. ^ Bolen, Benjamin (8 November 2007). "David Gahan Album review". Now Magazine. 27 (10). Archived from the original on 8 September 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  8. ^ Abebe, Mitsuh (25 October 2007). "Dave Gahan: Hourglass Album review". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  9. ^ O'Neil, Tim (6 November 2007). "Dave Gahan: Hourglass review". Pop Matters. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  10. ^ Rolling Stone review Archived 14 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Uncut review Archived 5 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "Dave Gahan: Hourglass (2007): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 26 October 2007.
  13. ^ Hogwood, Ben (22 October 2007). "Dave Gahan – Hourglass (Mute, including the single Kingdom)". musicOMH. musicomh.com. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Hourglass > Credits. Allmusic. Retrieved 26 October 2007.
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  20. ^ "Czech Albums – Top 100". ČNS IFPI. Note: On the chart page, select 200744 on the field besides the word "Zobrazit", and then click over the word to retrieve the correct chart data. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
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  25. ^ "Irish-charts.com – Discography Dave Gahan". Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
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  27. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLiS - Official Retail Sales Chart". OLiS. Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  28. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  29. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Dave Gahan – Hourglass". Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
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  32. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  33. ^ "Dave Gahan Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  34. ^ "Dave Gahan Chart History (Top Dance/Electronic Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  35. ^ "Wyróżnienia - Złote płyty CD - Archiwum - Przyznane w 2007 roku" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
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