Depeche Mode   Construction Time Again
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Ranking: #67 for 1983

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4.0 excellentTom93M | March 10th 11

The addition of Alan Wilder seemed to propel the bands creativity into overdrive. The result was an album more rich, dense and sample-heavy than any other DM record that came before.

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3.5 greatBedex | December 1st 21

Here DM offer an album with a lot more mystery and flair than before, with lots of percussive elements, tribal sort of sounds at times, and instruments we werent used to hearing in the band's prior catalogue. That being said, there is also a lot of awkwardness and outdatedness. The band hasn't yet found its vocal identity. 1 feels very outdated but does have some cute sounds, 2 has a great halloween/luigi's mansion vibe atop a cool bass riff tho its accelerating finale is a bit weird, then 3 shows us how this album is largely kinda weird, but cool weirdness I guess. 4 is a famous song and shows a lot more of their future colours here, and its reprise on the kinda useless but fine 10 shows it is the flagship here. 5 is cute but feels a bit underbaked like most of the early DM material, 6 is weird but not that great, then 7 wakes things up with a lot of bounce n groove but does show how the vocals are not yet on par with the rest/lack identity. 8 has a supre fun intro and gets kinda dissonant in the middle which is cool. I like this album, it's not the best but it has an aura and some great bits. 3.6

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2.5 averageAlabaster Jones | July 4th 16

Although this is an improvement over A Broken Frame, it's still kind of hard to believe the type of quality jump Depeche Mode did from this album to Some Great Reward. This mainly came from the band deciding to embrace their innermost darkness, and it really shows on albums like this. I say that because Construction Time Again, while having a couple of really good songs like opener "Love, In Itself", just feels so artificial in all of its emotion. When the style is upbeat, the band sounds as if they're playing with the biggest, most obvious fake smiles they can make. When the style is more dreary, they sound much more apathetic than they do truly depressed or angry. This doesn't necessarily mean the music is bad, as the songwriting is pretty good, as is the production, but it ultimately feels boring. It's good to know that they'd become what they've become, because I don't know how much longer they would've lasted putting out this stuff.

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3.5 greatLog S. | December 2nd 15

My first favorite Depeche Mode album! or... something of that nature

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4.0 excellentmandan | March 16th 13

Construction Time Again is very consistent, but lacks the maturity of later albums. Basically, the best was still yet to come.

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