This week’s biggest release is Depeche Mode‘s Sounds of the Universe, with the first single “Wrong” prefacing the rest of the album’s dark new wave pop sound.
A band that has managed to continue to progress while maintaining the same aesthetic in their music, the album will please both longtime fans and new listeners who might catch “War” on the radio.
Here’s what else is new in stores today:
The Breeders — Fate to Fatal (Self-released online)
It’s only an EP, but any rock offering from Kim and Kelley Deal and co. is worth a spin. Also worth looking into: the band’s new video starring roller derby girls.
Camera Obscura — My Maudlin Career (4AD Records)
The Glasgow-based indie-pop band has been around since 1996, and successfully managed to stay just under the radar with a steady fan base. Fans of Belle and Sebastian and The New Pornographers will probably already know about them, as well they should.
Sinead O’Connor — I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got (Re-issue) (Capitol/EMI Records)
The 1990 album that helped give the out Irish singer-songwriter a name has been remastered for the 2000s. This album will forever be worth owning, with her sexy cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U.”
Oleta Adams — Let’s Stay Here (E1 Music)
The soul vocalist returns with her first album since 2006 — and that was a Christmas CD. You might remember her voice from a collaboration with Tears for Fears in 1989, “Woman in Chains.” Let’s Stay Here is much more pop-influenced than her previous work, but also with a tinge of gospel.