Every long lasting band has a transitional album, a stepping stone from their humble beginnings to more mature musings. This is Mode's stepping stone... and it's a fabulous mish-mash of brooding pop, toe-tapping electronics and straight-faced observations. After Vince Clarke's departure, Mode released the album "A broken frame", made up largely of songs penned when Martyn Gore was in short trousers. Weather or not this album was a concious effort to distance the group from their previous "new romantic" label is arguable, but whatever the reason, "Construction time" is a very enjoyable experience. Kicking off with the somber and cynical "Love in itself", the album travels through many varied sound scapes. "The landscape is changing" and "And then..." find the band in a mellow mood, with sweeping synths and Gore introducing accoustic guitar to the band's sound for the first time. The classic single "Everything counts" still sounds as vibrant as ever, and the tracks "More than a party" and "Told you so" really hint at where the band were going musically. "Pipeline" is the most interesting track, truly experimental and a clear indication that Gore and co were more than mere "new romantic" pop lightweights. If you're expecting a collection of danceable, whimsical pop songs (Speak and spell, A broken frame) or dark electro rock anthems you will be disappointed. If however you like interesting, adventurous and sometimes experimental music, this album will be a great addition to your collection.