Depeche Mode Construction Time Again (6-CD)
Q: 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Machine-made drums take on an ostentatious inventiveness, the themes (monetarism, deforestation, armageddon) are writ large..."
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Vinyl LP Details
- Number of Records: 6
- Released: December 14, 2018
- Originally Released: 2018
- Label: Warner Records
Q - 8/95, pp.138-1394 Stars - Excellent - "...Machine-made drums take on an ostentatious inventiveness, the themes (monetarism, deforestation, armageddon) are writ large..."
Depeche Mode: David Gahan (vocals); Martin Gore (keyboards, synthesizer, background vocals); Andrew Fletcher, Alan Wilder (keyboards, synthesizer).
Recorded at The Garden, London, England.
Having proven his abilities as a pop craftsman on the previous year's A BROKEN FRAME, DM main songwriter Martin Gore gets down to the business of developing a new sonic language for himself and his bandmates on CONSTRUCTION TIME. Earlier in its career, Depeche Mode tried to make its synthesizer-only arrangements seem warm and fuzzy, but here the band embraces the Kraftwerk-pioneered tradition of exploiting the synthesizer's inherent inorganic qualities for their intrinsic beauty.
In addition to straying further from the poppy approach of previous albums, the group incorporates industrial-oriented sounds as an important part of the arrangements, lending an ominous, machine-like tone to many of the songs. The once-chipper group's growing disenchantment with the outside world begins to flower here as well, most notably on the anti-music biz observations of "Everything Counts."
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