Rocker Dave Gahan has the full backing of his Depeche Mode bandmate MARTIN GORE - he has hailed HOURGLASS as the "CD of the year". Hourglass is Gahan's second solo album, but the 45-year-old star claims there is no bitterness between him and his bandmate over his personal success, because they enjoy a healthy competitiveness. And Gahan admits Gore's praise means a lot to him. He says, "Martin emailed me recently and said 'I know you'll be asked so tell journalists I've got your album and that it's my CD of the year'." "Believe me, coming from Martin that's like pulling teeth. It made me feel good!"