Depeche Mode - Construction Time Again

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Construction Time Again is the third studio album by English electronic band Depeche Mode, originally released in August 1983 via Mute Records.

Depeche Mode are an English electronic band that formed in 1980. The group's original line-up consisted of Dave Gahan (lead vocals, occasional songwriter since 2005), Martin Gore (keyboards, guitar, vocals, main songwriter after 1981), Andy Fletcher (keyboards), and Vince Clarke (keyboards, main songwriter from 1980 to 1981).

Depeche Mode released their debut album in 1981, Speak & Spell, bringing the band onto the British new wave scene. Clarke left the band after the release of the album, leaving the band as a trio to record A Broken Frame, released the following year. Gore took over lead songwriting duties and, later in 1982, Alan Wilder (keyboards, drums, occasional songwriter) officially joined the band to fill Clarke's spot, establishing a line up that would continue for the next thirteen years. Following Wilder’s departure in 1995, Depeche Mode have continued as a trio of Gore, Gahan and Fletcher. They have had fifty songs in the UK Singles Chart and thirteen top 10 albums in the UK chart; they have sold over 100 million records worldwide.

The full addition of Alan Wilder to Depeche Mode's lineup created a perfect trio, as the combination of Martin Gore's songwriting, Wilder's arranging, and David Gahan's singing and live star power resulted in an ever more compelling series of albums and singles.

Construction Time Again, the new line-up's first full effort, is a bit hit and miss nonetheless, but when it does hit, it does so perfectly. Right from the album's first song, "Love In Itself", something is clearly up; Depeche Mode never sounded quite so thick with its sound before, with synths arranged into a mini-orchestra/horn section and real piano and acoustic guitar spliced in at strategic points.

Two tracks later, "Pipeline" offers the first clear hint of an increasing industrial influence (the bandmembers were early fans of Einstürzende Neubauten), with clattering metal samples and oddly chain gang-like lyrics and vocals.

The album's clear highlight has to be "Everything Counts", a live staple for years, combining a deceptively simple, ironic lyric about the music business with a perfectly catchy but unusually arranged blending of more metallic scraping samples and melodica amid even more forceful funk/hip-hop beats.

Elsewhere, on "Shame" and "Told You So", Gore's lyrics start taking on more of the obsessive personal relationship studies that would soon dominate his writing. Wilder's own songwriting contributions are fine musically, but lyrically, run the tightrope of delivering a message without being "preachy", especially the environment-friendly "The Landscape Is Changing".

Overall Construction Time Again, while often overlooked is a solid album, benefitting from the combination of the new core trio, and well worth the listen.

The album reached #6 on the UK Albums charts.

Check out the tracks: “Everything Counts”; “Love, In Itself” and “Told You So”.

This 2016 remastered LP "Legacy Vinyl Series" on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve with reproduced artwork is pressed in Europe.

 

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Love, In Itself

4:29

A2

More Than A Party

4:45

A3

Pipeline

5:54

A4

Everything Counts

4:20

B1

Two Minute Warning

4:13

B2

Shame

3:51

B3

The Landscape Is Changing

4:49

B4

Told You So

4:26

B5

And Then…

5:39

SKU 889853300013
Record Label Mute Records
Label / Model # Sony
Catalogue Number 88985330001
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 26 August 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 22 August 1983
Barcode # 889853300013
Shipping Weight 0.4000kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Remastered, "Legacy Vinyl" Series
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Electronic
Genre Synth-Pop
Genre Pop Rock
Format VINYL LP

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