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Construction Time Again

Depeche Mode Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 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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Out of print in the U.S. Digitally remastered two disc (CD + PAL/Region 2 DVD) edition of the British Synthpop band's 1983 album. The CD features the 2007 digital remaster of the original album. The DVD contains a DTS 5.1 mix of the album plus bonus audio tracks and a mini-documentary on the making of the album, The album features 'Everything Counts', 'Love, In Itself', 'Told You So' and more.

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DEPECHE MODE Construction Time Again (1987 US Sire/Mute 10-track CD issue of the 1983 album including bonus track Everything Counts [Long Version] picture sleeve)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Depeche Mode Go Industrial Jan. 2 2007
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing CD! May 1 2003
By Mikey
Format:Audio CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars wow,i wasn't excpecting this. March 23 2003
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A strong yet sadly forgotten gem Dec 31 2002
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Mind Traveled too far
This is in response to mind traveler...You should check out Recoil, then compare it to Depeche Mode now... You mention you hate this album out of all of them... Read more
Published on June 22 2004 by David Charles Dodd
3.0 out of 5 stars Was great when it was new -- does not hold up today
This was my favorite Depeche Mode album for a long time. But like a lot of earlier Depeche Mode, I just don't think this holds up anymore. Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a great work!
This is the first really great Depeche album. It's probably also the biggest step forward taken in their career. Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2003 by A. Laitres
3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly a Good Album
Most of the album is good, but a few tracks are very boring. The best track is "And Then" following with the two Alan Wilder tracks. Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2003 by KC Jackson
3.0 out of 5 stars Contruction time has succeeded anfd failed!
Gore has learned a lot and made many great songs etc. Love in Itself and Everything Counts. It is joy to listen these wonderful pop classics. Read more
Published on May 27 2003 by Juha Ylinen
4.0 out of 5 stars Cause I don't care if you're going nowhere
Merely regarded as one of the pre-Black Celebration albums I'm afraid that this album may go unnoticed to all but the die-hard fans. Read more
Published on Dec 27 2002 by filterite
3.0 out of 5 stars Depeche Mode in Construction!
Depeche Mode's third album is symbolic of what the group was going through at that time in their career. This is the first album that the group put out with member Alan Wilder. Read more
Published on July 9 2002 by Greg Allup
2.0 out of 5 stars Merely OK
I consider this album a transitional one for DM...one where they began to leave behind the cute, juvenile light synth-pop of their first two albums and move towards a more... Read more
Published on June 4 2002 by B. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars on this golden day,works been sent our way..
Don't be misled by the misguided naysayers here,this
cd is brilliant from start to finish. Not a single dud! Read more
Published on March 3 2002 by Garry Costello
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