Construction Time Again

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Construction Time Again
Studio album by Depeche Mode
Released 22 August 1983 (1983-08-22)
Recorded April–July 1983; The Garden (London)
Genre Synthpop, industrial, alternative dance, new wave
Length 49:43
Label Mute
Producer Depeche Mode, Daniel Miller
Depeche Mode chronology
A Broken Frame
Construction Time Again
Some Great Reward
Singles from Construction Time Again
  1. "Everything Counts"
    Released: 11 July 1983 (1983-07-11)
  2. "Love, in Itself"
    Released: 19 September 1983 (1983-09-19)
  3. "Told You So"
    Released: January 1984 (Spain; promotional only)

Construction Time Again is the third studio album by English electronic music band Depeche Mode, released on 22 August 1983 by Mute Records. This was the first Depeche Mode album with Alan Wilder, who wrote the songs "Two Minute Warning" and "The Landscape Is Changing", as well as the B-side "Fools". The title comes from the second line of the first verse of the track "Pipeline". It was supported by the Construction Time Again Tour.

The album was recorded at John Foxx's Garden Studios in London, engineered by Gareth Jones (who had also engineered Foxx's 1980 album Metamatic) and mixed at the Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin.

The album's cover artwork features the Matterhorn mountain in the Pennine Alps.

Background and themes[edit]

In January 1983, shortly before the release of the "Get the Balance Right!" single, songwriter Martin Gore attended an Einstürzende Neubauten concert, giving him the idea to experiment with the sounds of industrial music in the context of pop.[1] This experimentation hinged on the band's first use of a Synclavier, a synthesiser that not only contained a large number of pre-programmed sounds, but also allowed for samples to be imported. With this, the band proceeded to travel around the neighbourhood where they could tape "found" sounds and feed them into the Synclavier, then manipulate the noises to fit into their songs. These sounds consisted mainly of hammering anvils, clanging pipes, running water, and the like. The song "Pipeline" was entirely recorded in a derelict Shoreditch building site where the band sampled various of these random objects. Martin Gore's vocal takes for the song even include an accidentally recorded passing train which made it onto the final version.

A 30-second sample of "Pipeline" demonstrating the use of sampled sounds to construct a melody as well as a demonstration of the more socially conscious lyrics the group sang on this album.

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That spring, the band converged in London to begin recording their third album, Construction Time Again, and changed recording studios as well. For the previous two albums, the band had recorded at Blackwing Studios, but would switch to John Foxx's The Garden studio. This change, along with the addition of Gareth Jones to the production team facilitated the band's transition from the hook-driven pop songs of their past (a transition that had begun to take shape in 1982 with the more noticeably melancholy "Leave in Silence"). The band continued perfecting their industrial formula over their next two albums, 1984's Some Great Reward and 1986's Black Celebration.

This album introduced a transition in lyrical content for the group. Construction Time Again would include a bevy of political themes, sparked by the poverty Gore had seen on a then-recent trip he had taken to Thailand.[1] These themes were in stark contrast from the love-themed pop numbers of the band's early career.


In 2007, Construction Time Again was re-released with a bonus DVD. The first CD was remastered and—except in the US—released on a CD/SACD hybrid. The bonus DVD includes B-sides, in addition to "Get the Balance Right!", a one-off single recorded prior to the album, and its B-side, "The Great Outdoors!". The album is released as originally intended and does not include the bonus extended mix of "Everything Counts" (as it was released in the US, Canada, Japan and Brazil in 1983), but does keep the reprise.

The DVD includes a documentary on the album, which discusses both "Get the Balance Right!" and Construction Time Again, its two singles, the making of the cover, the lyrics, and the sampling technology used during the album's production. It also discusses Alan Wilder and Gareth Jones, a new member and a new engineer (respectively) and their impact on the band's sound. The documentary includes footage of the Construction Time Again tour from 1983, as well as excerpts from the music video for "Get the Balance Right!".

The remastered album was released on "deluxe" vinyl in April 2007 in Europe only.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
NME very favourable[3]
PopMatters 5/10[4]

NME hailed the album, saying that "Everything Counts" "is Mode's best ever single, and undeniably one of their biggest hits. [...] It sold because it combines edgy and poignant melodies held in thrilling tension; a tough, urgent dancebeat; and a gleamingly modern sound with an element of quirkiness to mark it out in the crowd. And the same goes for every other track on the album." Reviewer Matt Snow qualified Alan Wilder's composition "Two Minute Warning", as "a haunting melody whose transition from verse to chorus explodes in one of those breathtakingly uplifting moments." He concluded with this sentence: "Depeche Mode have made a bold and lovely pop record. Simple as that."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Martin L. Gore, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Love, in Itself"   4:29
2. "More Than a Party"   4:45
3. "Pipeline"   5:54
4. "Everything Counts"   4:20
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Two Minute Warning"   Alan Wilder 4:13
6. "Shame"     3:51
7. "The Landscape Is Changing"   Wilder 4:49
8. "Told You So"     4:26
9. "And Then..."     5:39
  • While "Everything Counts (Reprise)" is included as a hidden track on most CD pressings, it is listed as a regular track on the original German CD release.
  • "Everything Counts (Reprise)" appears at the end of "And Then..." on the US and Canadian CD release, instead of appearing as its own track.

2007 collector's edition bonus DVD[edit]

A short film
No. Title Length
1. "Depeche Mode: 1983 (Teenagers Growing Up, Bad Government, and All That Stuff)" (written and produced by Roland Brown; directed by Ross Hallard and Phil Michael Lane) 38:56
Construction Time Again (DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 and PCM Stereo)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
2. "Love, in Itself"     4:29
3. "More Than a Party"     4:46
4. "Pipeline"     5:55
5. "Everything Counts"     4:21
6. "Two Minute Warning"   Wilder 4:13
7. "Shame"     3:52
8. "The Landscape Is Changing"   Wilder 4:49
9. "Told You So"     4:27
10. "And Then..."     4:40
11. "Everything Counts (Reprise)" (hidden track)   0:59
Additional tracks (PCM Stereo)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Get the Balance Right!"     3:17
13. "The Great Outdoors!"   Gore, Wilder 5:04
14. "Work Hard"   Gore, Wilder 4:24
15. "Fools"   Wilder 4:17
16. "Get the Balance Right!" (Combination Mix)   8:01
17. "Everything Counts (In Larger Amounts)"     7:22
18. "Love, in Itself.4"     4:40
  • "Everything Counts (In Larger Amounts)" is identical to the "Long Version" of the song.
  • On the 2007 remastered edition, part of the intro to "Pipeline" is tacked onto the end of "More Than a Party", hence why the lengths of these two tracks differ from the original LP.
  • The album version of "Love, in Itself" is also referred to as "Love, in Itself.1". "2" is the single version, "3" the remix, and "4" is a reworked acoustic version featuring guitar and piano played in a quasi-funky style.


Credits adapted from the liner notes of Construction Time Again.[5]

  • Depeche Mode – production
  • Martyn Atkins – design
  • Brian Griffin – cover photography
  • Gareth Jonestonmeister
  • Daniel Miller – production
  • Corinne Simcock – assistant engineering ("Two Minute Warning")
  • Ian Wright – illustrations


Chart (1983) Peak
Canadian Albums Chart[6] 82
Dutch Albums Chart[7] 32
French Albums Chart[8] 16
German Albums Chart[9] 7
New Zealand Albums Chart[10] 44
Swedish Albums Chart[11] 12
Swiss Albums Chart[12] 21
UK Albums Chart[13] 6


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Germany (BVMI)[14] Gold 250,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[15] Gold 100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  2. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Construction Time Again – Depeche Mode". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Snow, Matt (27 August 1983). "Uplifting New Buildings". NME. 
  4. ^ Keefe, Michael (9 May 2007). "Depeche Mode: Black Celebration". PopMatters. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Construction Time Again (LP liner notes). Depeche Mode. Mute Records. 1983. STUMM 13. 
  6. ^ "RPM 100 Albums". RPM 39 (9). 29 October 1983. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Depeche Mode – Construction Time Again" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Le Détail des Albums de chaque Artiste" (select "DEPECHE MODE" and click "OK") (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Depeche Mode, Construction Time Again" (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Depeche Mode – Construction Time Again". Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Depeche Mode – Construction Time Again". Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Depeche Mode – Construction Time Again". Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "1983 Top 40 Official Albums Chart UK Archive". Official Charts Company. 3 September 1983. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Depeche Mode; 'Construction Time Again')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "British album certifications – Depeche Mode – Construction Time Again". British Phonographic Industry. 10 November 1983. Retrieved 14 June 2014.  Enter Construction Time Again in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go

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