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  • Audio CD (7 May 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000000WI3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,572 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  8. Apollo XI 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By sonik57 on 5 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
Released in 1991 after the original OMD line-up of Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys had split (in 1988; three years of legal wrangles prevented any new releases), 'Sugar Tax' is a superb return.
Opening with the hit single 'Sailing On The Seven Seas' with its Glitter Band beat and blindingly quirky organ solo in the middle break, it's a total winner. 'Pandora's Box' is Andy's hymn to 1920s screen siren Louise Brooks and is a great example of the sort of talent McCluskey always had for writing sharp synth hooks with plenty of 'go forward' as we say in rugby league.
There's not a duff track on this album. He was obliged to recruit new musicians to help make this a reality but he wrote a lot of it alone. It's romantic, intelligent, understated and memorable. His lyrics and vocals are as perfect as any in the proceeding twelve years which is no mean feat.
Not only were OMD a great pop single band but they were a lot more innovative than they were given credit for. Tracks here like the sample-based 'Apollo XI' which gives credit to the American moon shots (and is a great dance tune as well!) and the cover of Kraftwerk's classic 'Neon Lights' shows that he regularly took risks but his pop sensibility always made what he did accessible.
I'd love to see OMD reform in their original line-up (arguably neither party has done much worthwhile musically recently - Andy formed Atomic Kitten!) but you never know. A class act and a great album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Sept. 2000
Format: Audio CD
In many ways Sugar Tax represents a return to OMD's roots: majestic melancholy songs, shimmering choral arrangements and an abundance of electronic acrobatics. Sailing The Seven seas is replete with blues piano, heavy drums, those trademark choirs and a seductive and hypnotic chant. Apollo XI harks back to Dazzle Ships days (remember Radio Prague?), being made up of samples from the first moon landing set to a decidedly dynamic dance beat. The voices of presidents Nixon and Kennedy are used as effectively as those of Kennedy and Pope John Paul II on Psychic TV's "Papal Breakdance" from 1986. Sweeping strings soothe on Walking On Air and All That Glitters, while the title track sports a harder edged lyric (about emotional blackmail), but the real beauty is Was It Something I Said, a song of initially muted power reaching a crescendo of invective that sweeps the listener along to its powerful climax. This is a strong album of great songs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Coincidence Vs Fate TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Jan. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I must admit I was a little dubious when Andy McCluskey decided to resurrect the OMD moniker, but I really needn't have worried. The lead single "Sailing On The Seven Seas" while not being my favourite is a great opener for the album and marked the territory pretty well; up-tempo dance.

There were two other singles on here which easily eclipsed "Seven Seas" in my book and they were "Pandora's Box" and "Call My Name", both of which should have been massive, but the mistake, in my humble opinion, was the awful mixes released; "Call My Name" had all it's melody ripped out in it's remixed form. There was one final single "Then You Turn Away", which again didn't really dent the charts too much.

My favourite track is the lush "Walking On Air" which is really excellent and there's a nice version of Kraftwerk's "Neon Lights". At the time of release Andy was working closely with Karl Bartos and co-wrote a couple of tracks on this Elektric Music album.

Strangely, the title track "Sugar Tax" wasn't included on the album which is a shame as it's an excellent track and neither was "Burning" which was the flip to "Seven Seas". Luckily, I have them on the original CD singles, but you can get these on the b-sides compilation "Navigation".

Now that this album is unbelievably 20 years old it would be nice if Virgin could give us an updated remastered version with all those extra tracks. Come on Mr Branson, you know it makes sense!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FloridaDino on 7 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
5 years later, and it was as though OMD had never been away. Sugar Tax was as good as anything they had previously done, which tells you exactly who was the main creative force in the band. It should not be understated as well just how much music had changed between 1986 and 1991, yet OMD stuck to their musical guns,and this album stands up as well today, whereas a lot of the 'new' bands of the day sank without trace.

Great tunes, great lyrics, intelligent 'pop'music. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Sept. 2000
Format: Audio CD
In many ways Sugar Tax represents a return to OMD's roots: majestic melancholy songs, shimmering choral arrangements and an abundance of electronic acrobatics. Sailing The Seven seas is replete with blues piano, heavy drums, those trademark choirs and a seductive and hypnotic chant. Apollo XI harks back to Dazzle Ships days (remember Radio Prague?), being made up of samples from the first moon landing set to a decidedly dynamic dance beat. The voices of presidents Nixon and Kennedy are used as effectively as those of Kennedy and Pope John Paul II on Psychic TV's "Papal Breakdance" from 1986. Sweeping strings soothe on Walking On Air and All That Glitters, while the title track sports a harder edged lyric (about emotional blackmail), but the real beauty is Was It Something I Said, a song of initially muted power reaching a crescendo of invective that sweeps the listener along to its powerful climax. This is a strong album of great songs.
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