Hourglass (Dave Gahan album)

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Hourglass
Dave gahan hourglass.jpg
Studio album by Dave Gahan
Released 22 October 2007 (2007-10-22)
Recorded Spring 2007
Genre Industrial rock, alternative rock, synthpop
Length 48:38
Label MuteSTUMM 288
Virgin50872
Producer Dave 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 recepttion[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. "Deeper and Deeper" (SHRUBBN!! Dub) – 4:43
  3. "Use You" (K10K Remix) – 6:03

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 and certifications[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position[17]
Canadian Albums Chart 80
French Albums Chart 18
German Albums Chart 2
Greek Albums Chart 12
Irish Albums Chart 73
Italian Albums Chart 8
Polish Albums Chart[18] 7
Swiss Albums Chart 5
UK Albums Chart 50
US Billboard 200 120
US Top Electronic Albums 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Poland (ZPAV)[19] Gold 10,000*
Russia (NFPF)[20] Gold 10,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments 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). Retrieved 10 May 2012.[permanent dead link]
  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.
  15. ^ a b c d e f "Releases" Archived 18 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.. DaveGahan.com. Retrieved 26 October 2007.
  16. ^ "Dave Gahan 'Hourglass' Japanese CD album (TOCP-66717)". Eil.com. Retrieved 26 October 2007.
  17. ^ "Hourglass World Charts". aCharts.us. Retrieved 1 November 2007.
  18. ^ OLiS – Polish Albums Chart
  19. ^ "Polish album certifications – Dave Gahan – Hourglass" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry.
  20. ^ "Russian album certifications – Dave Gahan – Hourglass" (in Russian). National Federation of Phonogram Producers (NFPF).

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