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Construction Time Again: Remastered (CD & DVD) [Hybrid SACD]

Depeche Mode Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,448 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Play in large ammounts.... 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful favourite! 23 Sep 2006
Format:Audio CD
This transitional album is so far removed from the synth pop of "Speak & Spell" it's sometimes hard to think it's the same band (well, not really, but it's very different). There's a growing maturity here - and a desperation with the way the world was (and still is) going.

The tracks that comprised side 2 - "Two Minute Warning" onwards - struck a chord in me as they're so haunting, almost a desperate plea, which were a forunner of the bitterness and cynicism to come...

The production is very good, both on CD and the slightly safer, softer sounding LP.

If you want to explore more than just their singles, then please give this a try at this price. You'll be very glad you did.....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best DM album bar none 25 Sep 2008
Format:Audio CD
As other reviewers have noted, this is something of a landmark album and the base which transitioned DM from a forgettable electropop act to huge critical acclaim - and what a base this is! Not only is it lyrically stronger than anything went on before, the sound is 'heavier' but no less fluid than the catchy but ultimately irritating pop melodies that preceded it. Mark Hollis once lamented that he could no longer bear to listen to Talk Talk's first two albums because they were so shallow compared to their later studio work. DM have continued to evolve for more than 20 years but they will never look back on 'Shame' with shame! The 12 inch version of the big hit from this LP was cleverly entitled Everything Counts in Larger Amounts - you can never get too much of this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Re-construction time again 23 Dec 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've been a Depeche Mode fan since the beginning.. one of the consistent features is the constant evoloution of each album, the way inwhich they link with the previous release, or things that reflected the band at the time.

CTA is the birth of DM's "industrial" strata; the first major use of samplers by the band. DM had also shifted toward a teutonic style from their increasing exposure to continental europe, this albumbeing mixed at the famous Hansa studios in Berlin.

The last time I bought this was on cassette on its release, so the purchase of the 5.1 format was highly anticipated. I know I say this alot, but I'm aware that the appeal of this format is not to everyones cup of tea, but for me it releases a fresh dimension on classic recordings, almost as if listening for the first time. Depeche Mode's music was made for surround, atmospheric, brooding and emotive, every detail enhsanced by its own space in the surround spectrum.

Again purists will say that a record is made for stereo, we only have 2 ears, however we have five senses and for me it is the way these recordings push my senses that make them worthwhile investments.

Construction time Again is not DM's best album, but it is part of the colourful fabric that DM have created over the past 30 years..
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4.0 out of 5 stars Construction Time Again - Remastered 26 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
I have been trying to purchase this item for my husband for some time & finally got it!
He is very happy with this album (he had forgotton how much he liked it) and tells me that the remastering has been done really well.
We also have some other remastered Depeche Mode albums and they are all of good quality.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!!!
The vinyl is excellent quality! I wanted to buy the original release of this album for a very very long time... Thank you very much!!!!
Published 17 months ago by valentina
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-Constructed...
The Mode at the height of their creative powers, in my opinion. It ranks alongside "Violator" as some of their best work which stands the test of time and manages to be... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Phil C
5.0 out of 5 stars Construction Time Again!
For those die-hard fans of DM this album is well worth getting!It has lots of forgotten tracks on which are superb!
Published on 19 Mar 2012 by Mrs. J. Mackenzie
4.0 out of 5 stars The cross-over, but has some fine pop songs still
Alan was a full-time member by now, so the backing tracks are more layered and experimental in places. Read more
Published on 12 July 2011 by M. B. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Depeche Mode - Told You So since 1983!
This is a master class of social political
commentary and observations decades before
the media and politicians began focusing on
the worlds troubles. Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2010 by Mr. David Stanton
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a party- record!!
Construction Time Again is the first of the new confident Depeche Mode albums. The title alludes to both the band united and working together and to the influences of politics and... Read more
Published on 13 Mar 2009 by pete
5.0 out of 5 stars The Start of the Classic DM Period
After Vince left, most people thought DM would simply fade away as synthesisers became old-hat, but in Martin Gore they had another genius pop songwriter who would go in an... Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2007 by S. Barber
4.0 out of 5 stars really crisps up a treat in 5.1 surround, and great documentary as...
This album was a benchmark of sorts for them, and moved them further away from the teeny-pop following they had been building up. Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2007 by Mr. S. R. Dhain
4.0 out of 5 stars Reissue of the oddest Mode album
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. Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2007 by Jason Parkes
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