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Construction Time Again
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
2007 European pressing of the digitally remastered version of their 1983 album. 9 tracks including 'Everything Counts', 'Love In Itself' and more. This pressing is CD-only and does not include the bonus DVD included in th... more »
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2007 European pressing of the digitally remastered version of their 1983 album. 9 tracks including 'Everything Counts', 'Love In Itself' and more. This pressing is CD-only and does not include the bonus DVD included in the special edition. EMI.
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Kelley M. from NEWPORT, WA
Reviewed on 6/11/2011...
This was the last Depeche Mode album I bought in the whole collection and was probably my least favorite. Remember Dm were still very young then and still learning about music. They have improved so much since then!! I actually like the album "A Broken Frame" more than this one. I thought I was a hardcore fan, but not for this album. I don't know why so many people gave this album 5 stars.
A Forgotten Classic! No, I'm not joking...
Joel Kathrens | Cheney, WA USA | 05/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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.Although I'm a big Vince Clarke fan, I'd have to call "Construction Time Again" the best pre-"Black Celebration" Depeche Mode, just beating out "Speak & Spell". This is truly an underrated and too often overlooked album that every fan of Depeche Mode should own."
Martin Gore Truimphs.
Paul J. Overgaag | Monterey, CA | 01/30/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."