10 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

“It all seems so stupid, it makes me want to give up. But why should I give up when it all seems so stupid?” The perverse optimism at the heart of “Shame,” a highlight of Depeche Mode’s third album, Construction Time Again, could have come straight from Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols. As the group continued to redefine pop for their ever-larger constituency, they put their synthesized hooks in the service of questioning the tenets of Thatcher- and Reaganism. “Everything Counts” is a hit single that takes on the essential greed at the heart of much ’80s culture, and “The Landscape Is Changing” even finds this sleek outfit championing environmental values. Such apparent surprises have helped keep Depeche Mode’s classic run sounding fresh.

EDITORS’ NOTES

“It all seems so stupid, it makes me want to give up. But why should I give up when it all seems so stupid?” The perverse optimism at the heart of “Shame,” a highlight of Depeche Mode’s third album, Construction Time Again, could have come straight from Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols. As the group continued to redefine pop for their ever-larger constituency, they put their synthesized hooks in the service of questioning the tenets of Thatcher- and Reaganism. “Everything Counts” is a hit single that takes on the essential greed at the heart of much ’80s culture, and “The Landscape Is Changing” even finds this sleek outfit championing environmental values. Such apparent surprises have helped keep Depeche Mode’s classic run sounding fresh.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

IceColdRocker ,

It's No Wonder

All the songs on this CD are high in popularity ratings and it comes as no surprise to Me. I enjoy song numbers 2, 5, 6,8 & 10. Very very good and considering this was before electronic music was not so electronic. Wow! These guys always blow my mind and have been doing it for years and years too!

ready2wear ,

Relevent today!

I was never a huge DM fan, I knew a few songs, but I got this album and love it! It is so relevent today (maybe more so than when it was originally released). The overarching theme of socialism is omnipresent throughout, and the harsh truths of capitalism exposed. RIGHT ON GUYS!

D'Mode Fan ,

Construction Time Again

Love this album. Bought it on vinyl for $3 about 15 years ago. Excellent!

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