Love it or hate it, early OMD is different and hardly 'pop' in the music industry's view of 'pop', but popular it was. I was blown away with 'Electricity' and 'Messages' when I heard it on the juke box in my local pub. I bought the album on vinyl, sadly now too scratched and hissing to tolerate any longer, and was blown away by so many tracks. Red Frame White Light, despite being about a phone box, is a great song and still gets stuck in my head. If you like Talking Loud and Clear and Locomotion, don't buy this album just yet, work back through the first 3 albums to this one.
The bonus tracks, are just that to me, a nice addition, not sure they add any more to the album, but don't really detract from it either. After years of hiss and clicks from my LP I can't comment on the sound quality of the CD, it is click free and the music is clear to me for the first time in a long time. As a Tangerine Dream fan, OMD offered me a chance to talk to friends who liked 'pop' music and found some OMD accessible, at least with Junk Culture, but OMD were losing the plot, for me, by then. Considering the type of instruments being used (mono-phonic synthesisers and simple drum machines) the quality of the songs and melodies really show how good these boys were. If you are an OMD fan you will have this already; just starting out? Then buy this and follow the musical journey (progress?) of OMD, you won't be disappointed.