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Groundbreaking, chart-topping electronic legends Depeche Mode return in April 2009 with their most dazzling and diverse album in decades. Sounds Of The Universe finds Martin Gore, Dave Gahan and Andy “Fletch” Fletcher back at the top of their game after almost 30 years together. Eclectic and energised, they sound like a band reborn.

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  • Audio CD (26 Mar. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Hybrid SACD
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B000KN9G3Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 236,308 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
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. Untitled Track
Disc: 2
1. A Short Film: Depeche Mode: 1983 (Bonus DVD)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. L. ODRISCOLL on 20 Dec. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I've just listened to this again in my car on the way to work (with new sub in place), I had forgotten what a truly fine album this is.
I disagree with the other reviewers when they say it pales in comparison to the likes of Violator. I think it is better - none of the annoyingly contrived Gore flights of romantic fancy that were to infiltrate later works.
Good solid stuff - with great lyrics (never one of Martin's strong points elsewhere).
As a big Alan Wilder (especially in his current Recoil guise) fan, this album is the 1st sample of the delights to come from this genius.
Not only the tracks he wrote, but also his unmistakeably unique stamp on Gore's tunes.
A winner in every sense, and not at all dated.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "unclemogs" on 18 Feb. 2003
Format: Audio CD
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.
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Alan was a full-time member by now, so the backing tracks are more layered and experimental in places. However Everything Counts and Love In Itself are both great pop songs, given a slightly darker feel than their earlier material.

Personally I now prefer Some Great Reward, as the remaster of that lifts the material several levels higher, but Construction Time has many high points, including 2 melodic Wilder compositions which are a far cry from Work Hard and In Your Memory (both being quite difficult).

The DVD offers what you'd expect, including some nice audio extras and a short film. I don't have Surround Sound, only stereo, so can't comment on the mixes available, but the stereo sound on either disc is excellent.
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Format: Audio CD
This is a master class of social political
commentary and observations decades before
the media and politicians began focusing on
the worlds troubles.
Greedy banks and corporations are sung about
'Everything Counts' - 'More Than A Party' and
'Pipeline'.
Global Warming and pollution, 'The Landscape
Is Changing' - 'And Then..'
World hunger and political apathy 'Shame' -
'Told You So'.
Listen to the songs and the words, it still
sends a chill down my spine on how this album's
message still echoes across time, cloaked in
a innovative industrial site sound effects.
If you're bored with trial TV pop then I
recommend this album - thats your TWO MINUTE
WARNING.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 9 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Construction Time Again was the Mode's third album and their first with Alan Wilder as a band member, filling the void left by Vince Clarke a few years earlier. 1982's A Broken Frame could easily have finished the band, fortunately the band's teeny bop audience and the few decent songs Martin Gore composed (`Leave in Silence', `See You') kept the band afloat. The change is found on the non-album single `Get the Balance Right!' which signalled Wilder's arrival and showcased a potent metallic sound - this was the single that has been cited by people like Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson (and in many ways a year-zero for the Mode.

The influence of sampling, evident in a documentary on how sounds were acquired on Star Wars, as well as the work of Holger Czukay (Movies), Cabaret Voltaire (Voice of America), Eno & Byrne (My Life in the Bush of Ghosts) were filtering down to the pop world and to the Mode. Key was what became tagged industrial music, particularly the work of Einsturzende Neubauten and Test Dept - it would make sense for the Mode to relocate to advance this sound to the legendary Hansa studios in West Berlin for the next few albums. Construction...has a meatier sound, the band and co-producers Gareth Jones and Daniel Miller birthed the classic mode sound that would climax with the trilogy Black Celebration, Music for the Masses & Violator.

Construction...distinguishes itself from the rest of the Mode's back catalogue in one key way: the lyrics. The lightweight homoerotic lyrics of much of the early material and the pervy/religious angle of much of Gore's later lyrics aren't here. Instead the lyrics are like Gang of Four for Smash Hits-readers, there was a reason why X Moore (Chris Dean) big-upped them in the NME over this record!
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