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  • Audio CD (June 22 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire-Wbr
  • ASIN: B000002KZA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
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1. Love, In Itself
2. More Than A Party
3. Pipeline
4. Everything Counts
5. Two Minute Warning
6. Shame
7. The Landscape Is Changing
8. Told You So
9. And Then...
10. Everything Counts (Long Version)

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Format: Audio CD
This album remains one of my favourites in the dM catalogue.

With this album the band pretty much leave behind the purely pop-oriented songs of their early days, and instead transition fully into a unique industrial sound with a more experimental feel. (Here I mean industrial in its true sense with sampled metallic sounds, etc.) Brilliant use of sampled sounds accented by instruments such as metallaphones keep the songs fresh and interesting. The album's tracks really do have a unique vibrancy and texture to them.

While "Everything Counts" is indeed a classic, my favourites on this album are the darker tracks: Pipeline, Shame, Two Minute Warning, and The Landscape is Changing (the latter two of which are under-rated rare compositions of Alan Wilder).

The lyrics of the album give it a somewhat young and naive feel, intermixed with a sense of injustice. In this way, the raw sentiments behind the lyrics match the interesting and sometimes erratic feeling of the instrumentation.

The album cover and title bring together the blue-collar, industrial theme of the album, a marked improvement over dM's somewhat unfocused previous album "A Broken Frame".
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Well, I don't know where to begin but I just want to say that "Construction Time Again" is a totally amazing album from start to finish.
This is a far cry away from the darker tone of their famous albums but also a far cry from the sunny dance pop of their debut "Speak & Spell". To me, this is an absolutely great thing and I love every song on this CD.
This has a highly experimental production to it and bridges the pop of their previous two albums and the gloom of their following albums after this one. "Shame" is an absolutely awesome mid-tempo song with an odd sense of humor in it and a dark but not bleak or cold atmosphere. I think of the song "Shame" as more of a stroll down the block on a cloudy evening.
Must I say that I even like "Pipeline". I'm probably the rare people who actually enjoys this song even though it's my least favorite on the album.
Who can forget their first major anthem "Everything Counts". I jsut love the carnival sounds in the song. The two versions sound almsot exactly the same except for that the regular (running at 4:24) fades out where as the longer (at 7:19) version stops. That's about the only difference between the songs.
Overall, this is an aboslutely fabulous album. A must-have even for lazier fans.
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ever since i heard "blue" by eiffel 65 i fell in love with the sound they have and after i'd bought some of there cd's i found out that they're huge fans of a group called "depeche mode" i had to hear them because i wa ssuch a fan of eiffel 65.well,they're not what i excpected but they have grown on me a lot and i can honestly say i can't think of anyone else who sounds like this (i hope eiffel 65 doesn't think they do...)
anyways i bought this vinyl yesterday at vlaue village for only a buck fifty i wa spretty excited then i came home and read reviews on it (because it wa slate and i couldn't play it) and it had pretty bad reviews but i was very surpirsed when i first heard it! it's so dark and moody,my faveorite tracks are "everything counts" (of course) and one of my faveorites is "pipeline" it's so raw sounding and pretty ambient it really makes me feel i'm right there watching a bunch of working in the depths it's supremly cool in my opinion.the other song i really like is "shame" it's got a synth line that's just really cool and the lines "it all seems so stupid,it makes me want to give up,but why should i give up,when it all seems so stupid" really sounds strange becauase it seems to go backward on itself,it's really neat.the music is terribly innovative for the 80's! it's realy great songwriting,and it never goes where you excpect it to.if you seen this for a bargain like i did buy it!what do you haev to lose? if you see it for half price i still reccomend it,but it's not for everyone so i'd say be cautious to pay full price.
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Format: Audio CD
DM's previous two albums are quite poppy and somewhat sugary in sound. Nothing like this 1983 LP and the following albums that DM would become famous for, the previous two albums are both great in their own way. Released in 1983, "Construction Time Again" is from my perspective, where the foundation for Depeche Mode's darker, much gloomier music, was built.
This record, has a quirky industrial sound that ,while much darker than the glitzy-glamour pop of "Speak & Spell" may not greatly appeal to "Some Great Reward" forwards, but nonetheless, I think that this is a wonderful and unfortunately forgotten classic in Depeche Mode's early catalog. While there isn't anything that is very disturbing or frightening like "Master & Servant", "If You Want", or "Strangelove", "Construction Time Again" is a dark album and marks the doorway between the sugar-pop of pre-1983 Mode, and the industrial gloom rock of "Some Great Reward", "Black Celebration" and everything since then.
"Pipeline" and "Told You So" to me, are the weakest tracks on the LP and among DM's most uninspired and the former being quite annoying with the sound effects which sound like a malfunctioning construction crane or tractor. However, occasionally when one is in the right mood, even these can be enjoyable songs.
However, that is all made up for with strong and awesome songs like "Everything Counts:, "Love In Itself", and "The Landscape Is Changing". "Everything Counts" to me is the best song on the entire album, both the original and the 7+ minute 12 inch version with the calliope and the dark yet joyous atmosphere all mixed in one to create one of what I consider, one of the best songs ever made in Depeche Mode's early days and ends their joy-pop with a bang.
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