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Construction Time Again [Original recording remastered]

Depeche ModeAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 20, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 1983
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000N3ST8Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,219 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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A CD/DVD double-disc features the original album in remastered format. Originally released in 1983, Construction Time Again features classics like "Love, In Itself" and "Everything Counts." The DVD includes seven bonus tracks and the film "Depeche Mode: 1983-Teenagers Growing Up, Bad Government, And All That Stuff."

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Forgotten Classic! No, I'm not joking... May 9, 2000
Format:Audio CD
After an album of rather varied quality in "A Broken Frame", Depeche Mode really comes together for "Construction Time Again". Maybe it's the arrival of Alan Wilder, or the marked improvement in both Martin's songwriting and David Gahan's vocals. I believe that it's a combination of all three. Whereas "A Broken Frame" saw Martin trying to fill the void that Vince Clarke left by attempting to fill his shoes in the songwriting department, "Construction Time Again" saw Martin Gore trying to write songs like Martin Gore instead of like Vince Clarke.
As for the songs themselves, Martin has his first truly great song in "Everything Counts", one that seems to get better with each listen. Over 12 minutes of this CD are devoted to two versions and a reprise of "Everything Counts" and I never tire of it for a minute. Other highlights of this album come from Martin's "Love, In Itself" and "And Then..." and underrated songwriter Wilder's "Two Minute Warning" and "The Landscape is Changing". I often wonder why Wilder stopped writing Depeche Mode songs after the "Some Great Reward" album as his tunes are among my favorite early DM tunes.
There are only a couple downsides on the album (and they aren't that significant). One is the song "Pipeline" which honestly is pretty stupid but is almost saved by vocals from Martin Gore. The other is the whistle-like bit of the song, "Shame". What was that? Random notes on a toy recorder? It's a pity that's in there because I like the song other than that, and I still listen to this album all the way through.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Martin Gore Truimphs. January 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Construction time again is a testament to Martin Gore's talent as a musician. To review this album properly we should consider first it's two predecessors Speak and Spell (1981) and A Broken Frame (1982.)

Speak and Spell was largely written by Vince Clarke resulting in a collection of masterful pop melodies inlcuding the classic 'Just Can't Get Enough.' Continuing on that trajectory Clarke has written catchy dance tunes since, but never became the talent that Gore is.

A Broken Frame (1982)was ultimately a transition album for Depeche Mode. The songwriting was muddled and Dave Gahan's singing was second rate. In all fairness this must have been a difficult album to make for Depeche Mode. Without the flair cute pop tunes, the band had to re-establish what they did, and this album proves that. It is certainly an album to own if you are a real fan, otherwise, I would skip it.

Construction Time Again truly showcases the band's talent and provides a foundation for all that has come after it. In my opinion this album is to Depeche Mode what Dark Side of the Moon was for Pink Floyd. Construction time was that point where it all came together. The songwriting takes on a more serious form. There is plenty of social criticism: 'Pipeline' and 'Everything Counts' criticizes greedy multi-nationals; 'The Landscape is Changing' calls attention to environmental degradation. The moody and serious music style is also evident on this album.

One of their best and definitely worth buying if you are familiar with their 80's albums and want to witness its genesis.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A strong yet sadly forgotten gem December 31, 2002
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (49...
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Published 2 months ago by ANYHONYMIS
2.0 out of 5 stars 2014 vinyl reissue has pressing flaws
Much like VIOLATOR and ULTRA from the same set of 2014 vinyl reissues, this suffers from major pressing defects ("stitching," which causes a "zipping" sound in one of the channels... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Benjamin Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good album
I bought this item as a gift. My friend really loved this CD, one of master pieces from Depeche Mode.
Published 10 months ago by Sandra Arias
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Over Look This Album
In my youth I overlooked DM's earlier works because I didn't understand where they were coming from and really I thought they were just plain terrible songs. Read more
Published 13 months ago by christine
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
Awesome. Great music by a great band. Its so good to be able to find this, I had a copy on cassette back in the day!
Published 14 months ago by Melanie L Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Very good sound, cleary definition of the diferent textures and very nice compositions. I thing my favorite of Depeche Mode at time.
Published 20 months ago by Luis Caceres Riquelme
4.0 out of 5 stars depeche Mode CD awesome!
I just bought the CD Construction Time Again by dePeche Mode from Amazon. It was delivered promptly with NO problems. The disc was in mint condition. Read more
Published on January 26, 2012 by lonster6
5.0 out of 5 stars Includes a DVD!
Product details indicates 1 disc, but it has an extra DVD with the tracks in PCM, dolby and 5.1 formats and the docummentary "teenagers growing up, bad goverment, and all that... Read more
Published on April 18, 2011 by Juan Quiroz
3.0 out of 5 stars Coming into their own
Speak and Spell was a synth pop classic, but its pop sensibilities fit all too comfortably in a crowded new wave landscape. Read more
Published on January 10, 2011 by Poor Napoleon
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelente sound quality for the reissue
This was my final purchase on all the DM reissue series in SACD. As per previous releases, the SACD quality is simply outstanding. Read more
Published on May 26, 2010 by Jose A. Camil
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