Hourglass, Dave Gahan's second solo outing, is crammed to the gallery with sweeping keyboard grandeur, majestic rhythms and hymns to the lowlife. Ten superb slices of cutting-edge electronica, dosed liberally with a guitar sound straight from the 1980s; the album slithers around outsider influences on a trip from Bowie's Berlin decadence, via David Sylvian's Japan, to the sordid back alleyways of Marc Almond's Soho. There's also a tip of the hat to Happy Mondays here, a touch of The Verve there, but Gahan's unmistakeable writhing performance and the album's solidly 21st Century production means it packs far more punch than a mere rehash of old themes ever could. As his most romantic ballads descend into threats of sexual assault ( Deeper And Deeper , Use You ), Gahan takes us on a tour of the darker side of the city at night. Covering the emotional gamut from tearful regret to sated melancholy - at times with more reverb than strictly necessary - Dave's voice is the album's strongest, most memorable facet; the perfect vehicle with which to acknowledge one's sins, invoke divine protection and beseech forgiveness. Gahan's control and masterful delivery show that years of the rock star lifestyle left no lasting damage: if anything, the slight rasp of maturity lends an air of authentic experience that his work with Depeche Mode only hinted at. When he permits the polished professional croon to slip to one side, his Basildon roots show; and that creates a genuine, exciting danger that his more purist electro-based rivals can't match. More than just a Scott Walker for the nightclub generation, nobody does overindulged weariness like our Dave. --Al Spicer Saw Something Kingdom Deeper And Deeper 21 Days Miracles Use You Insoluble Endless A Little Lie Down
Features: First Pressing Includes covers by Marilyn Manson, System of a down, Muse, Good Charlotte, The Smashing Pumpkins, Scott Weiland & many more Track Listing: Tainted Love (Soft Cell) – Covered by Marilyn Manson Never Let Me Down Again (Depeche Mode) – Covered by The Smashing Pumpkins Blue Monday (New Order) –Covered by Orgy The Metro (Berlin) –Covered by System of a Down But Not Tonight (Depeche Mode) – Covered by Scott Weiland Message of Love (The Pretenders) – Covered by Saliva Bizarre Love Triangle (New Order) – Covered by Stabbing Westward 99 Red Balloons (Nena) – Covered by Goldfinger I Melt with You (Modern English) – Covered by Mest If You Leave (OMD) – Covered by Good Charlotte Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want (The Smiths) – Covered by Muse Somebody's Baby (Jackson Browne) – Covered by Phantom Planet
Drafted during Apartheid by the South African Army, Johan Niemand's love for Boy George and Depeche Mode lands him a spot in the SADF Choir - the 'Canaries.' In a landscape where law and religion oppress individuality, Johan and the Canaries have to survive military training and go on a nationwide tour. An unexpected romance on the battlefield forces Johan to reckon with his long-repressed sexual identity. This musical comedy revels in the discovery of finding your voice and learning to fly.
Multi-awarding 23-year-old filmmaker Xavier Dolan writes and directs his most ambitious feature to date - Laurence Anyways, the epic love story of a man (Melvil Poupaud) who decides to undergo a sex change and thedramatic effect it has on his relationship with his girlfriend (Suzanne Clement). Thought-provoking and stylishly shot the film dazzles, featuring music from Fever Ray, The Cure, Duran Duran, Visage, Depeche Mode and Scottish composer Craig Armstrong. Laurence Anyways is Dolan's third award-winning film following on from I Killed My Mother (also starring Clément) and Heartbeats. Special Features: Filmed interview with Suzanne Clement and Melvil Popaud Trailer