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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (most often abbreviated to OMD or O.M.D. ) are a synth-pop group whose founding members are originally from the Wirral Peninsula, England. OMD were originally assimilated in the greater new wave batch of synthesiser-based acts of the later 1970s-early 1980s. The group was founded in 1978 by Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys who remained, and were perceived as, ... Read more in Amazon's Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Store

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  • Audio CD (2 Sep 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000005RQ3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,410 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 April 2000
Format: Audio CD
OMD are one of the most enduring of the eighties synth-pop bands. They managed not to go out of fashion by never being in fashion, but continued to produce quality albums and a surprising number of hit singles.
This is the third album since the split which saw Andy McCluskey continue the OMD name as basically a solo act. Universal is a return to form after the disappointing "Liberator", and produced the hit single "Walking on the Milkey Way". Universal is a more "organic" sounding album than some of OMD's earlier offerings. The lyrical themes are solid and varied, with some catchy tunes and a few surprises along the way.
For the most part, this album is far removed from the early eighties - it even has guitar in it (although the odd guitar also sneaked into earlier albums). There are however several hints at the roots of Andy's music such as "Very Close to Far Away" which was co-written with Paul Humphreys (the other half of the original duo).
The whole package exudes quality and shows no sign of the ideas drying up. It is a shame however that it seems likely that this will be the last OMD studio album.
This is one of those albums which doesn't really seem special on the first listen, but given a couple of plays, it may take root in your CD player...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nagi_hojo on 13 Aug 2008
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My first encounter with OMD was when Enola Gay came out on a 'various artists' album (bought in Hong Kong!) Didn't buy another OMD song until I went to the UK to study, when Junk Culture came out (think Locomotion and Tesla Girls). That's when I started looking for older OMD songs (Joan of Arc?), and I became hooked to the style of the music, the lyrics and the imagery that I associated with the songs. I went off them a bit after 'Secret' (way too 'pop' for me). Shortly after I left the UK for Australia.

Fast forward to now, decades later, I find myself buying their CDs (Organisation, Architecture & Morality, etc), and loving the listening experience. Ironically, the fact that they were never THAT popular seems to have helped to keep them sounding fresh, and I find their songs sounding just as good as, if not better than, when I first heard them.

The only song that I have heard (years ago) on the Universal album is 'Walking on the Milky Way'. It didn't leave much of an impression back then, but now, two decades later, I am surprised at how much I like the song. In fact the whole album makes a very enjoyable experience. Even though I haven't heard any of the songs before (except one), the album brings back fond memories of my time spent in the UK. The OMD 'sound' is unmistakable and is really quite unique.

Great stuff!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Staffan Ernstsson on 29 May 2008
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This album seems to be sadly underrated by many, it's not your hardcore OMD but rather a very delicate mix of old OMD style and modern pop. Melodies and arrangements are among the best by OMD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Baz on 1 Dec 2008
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In an interview with Andy McCluskey that came out at the time of this release back in 1996, he was desperate to have another hit and had gone back to listening to Architecture and Morality to get an handle on the popularity of their 1981 album. As a result Universal is quite a refreshing album. I'm currently listening to it now (12 years since its release) and am still very impressed with the use of sounds and ideas. Yes, it's not as good as the stuff from those very early days and there are some naff decision made, including a blatant rip-off of Pulp; why would anyone want to rip off Pulp? This is the 3rd album by McCluskey and is far better then his other two mediocre albums [Sugar Tax and Liberator].

With OMITD reformed, it will be interesting to hear their new material. If Andy McCluskey stops thinking about trying to write hits, then maybe OMITD will get back to writing accomplished music like they did in the early 80's. Maybe then they might get the success Mr McCluskey wants.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. C. Harvey on 5 May 2010
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I purchased this album initially because I love the hit single "Walking On The Milky Way". (Released in 1996, this was OMD's last top-20 single to date). Prior to the purchase of this album I was only familiar with the Eighties "synthpop" OMD material (whih I must admit, I absolutely love!) Playing the CD for the first time in my car, I was immediately captivated by the opening chords to Track 1 - "Universal". The track then opens up to a lively, energetic lyric - best played loud!! I immediately fell in love with the track; I would certainly class it as a "feelgood" song (despite its relatively dire suggestion of there being no 'afterlife'!) Next comes 'Walking On The Milky Way' - which, as I alluded to earlier, is one of my favourites. The energetic track (featuring Hannah Clive on backing vocals) speaks of why youth should not be spent frivolously - and how, when young, we believe we are invincible (although at 24, I kinda' still believe I am!!) This song really takes its toll on my voice chords as I desperately try to sing along at the pace and range of Andy McCluskey (trust me - you don't want to hear me attempt it!!) Singing along to this track will probably be the cause of my death!! Moving on to "The Moon And The Sun" - this song calms the pace down significantly (a trend which is continued throughout "Very Close To Far Away" and "The Gospel Of St Jude"). Track 7 - ("That Was Then") is where my recaptivation occurs. The song is extremely cleverly written - it talks of that great point after the demise of a relationship whereby one sees things in perspective ("I would lie awake and cry at night - that was then, this is now!") This song is particularly relevant to one of my recent life experiences - which could explain why I like it so much. A similar story occurs with track 8 - "Too Late".Read more ›
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