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Product details

  • Audio CD (4 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Bmg
  • ASIN: B00BLIVP9K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 404,682 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Please Remain Seated
  2. Metroland
  3. Night Café
  4. The Future Will Be Silent
  5. Helen of Troy
  6. Our System
  7. Kissing The Machine
  8. Decimal
  9. Stay With Me
  10. Dresden
  11. Atomic Ranch
  12. Final Song

Disc: 2

  1. Decimal (Animated video)
  2. Atomic Ranch (Animated video)
  3. Please Remain Seated (Animated video)
  4. Studio interview
  5. Dresden (track by track)
  6. Final Song (track by track)
  7. Kissing the Machine (track by track)
  8. Metroland (track by track)
  9. Our System (track by track)
  10. Please Remain seated (track by track)
  11. Stay with me (track by track)

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Format: Audio CD
Since Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys announced their reformation at a fan convention in 2005, OMD have enjoyed something of a career renaissance. Reunited along with Martin Cooper and Malcolm Holmes, the classic 4-piece performed their 1981 masterpiece, "Architecture & Morality", in full for the first time on 2007's highly successful tour. With the synthpop pioneers back in vogue, and with long overdue critical acclaim for the albums created during the band's Imperial phase in the late 1970s and early 1980s, there was fresh impetus to deliver some new product, and this eventually materialised in 2010...

In truth, McCluskey had been stockpiling material since 1996's "Universal", the last of a trio of `solo' albums that McCluskey had recorded under the OMD moniker for Virgin Records. "History Of Modern" was essentially another solo work, with Humphreys committed to other projects (such as his work with partner Claudia Brucken in OneTwo). Disappointingly it was a rather unbalanced affair, with outtakes ("Sister Marie Says") nestling alongside Atomic Kitten rejects (see the rather strained "If You Want It") and a smattering of new compositions that had been written by McCluskey after his commitment to other girl acts such as The Genie Queen had lapsed. Significantly, however, Humphreys collaborated with McCluskey on the album's two best cuts - "
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I loved OMD in the early 80's. For me, tracks such as 'Statues' and 'Stanlow' on the Organisation album were the pinacle of OMD excellence. They were dark, brooding and atmospheric pieces of work. But I also loved the more catchy pop elements of OMD, as they were always infused with great synth sounds. I just found I got less interested in them as they became more mainstream through the mid-80's and onwards.

So it was a big surprise to me, to find this album of interest. I'd assumed that OMD were very much past their sell by date, but I'm amazed to hear that this album is a hark back to the more catchy / experimental sides of OMD that I loved back in the earl 80's, and at the same time, sounding fresh and contemporary.

It's a beautifully produced album. Good songs, good sounds, harking back to the classic sounds of OMD and the more electronic and 'Kraftwerk' influenced sounds of Messages and Enola Gay.

It's not a classic, it isn't better than those earlier albums, but it's a very welcome return to what I think OMD do best: merging catchy electro pop with atmospherics. It's a great record and they should be proud of themselves. I would be if I were them :-)
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At last, OMD are back to their best! With echoes of Dazzle Ships and a few quite quirky numbers, OMD are really on form. I've been playing this non-stop since purchase. This is a contender for my favourite album of 2013.
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Great 180g pressing in nice sturdy picture sleeve. This album was very much a return to form after the slightly patchy History of Modern, and feels like the band contributed to most tracks rather than just Andy (with Paul helping with the programming/production). Shame Mal has since had to retire from the band (effectively) due to health reasons, certainly on touring, so this is great album to feature the 4 original members.

Several influences here, including Kraftwerk very heavily in the first single, but all with OMD's unique twist on things. Nice one, guys!
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I have to say upfront that I was never a big OMD fan even though I quite liked Enola Gay. I listen to mostly prog rock such as IQ, Genesis, Physics House Band and Public Service Broadcasting amongst others and I'm always on the lookout for something a little different. Listening to the bulk of OMD's other stuff recently, it is essentially pleasant but (to my mind) nothing special and I would not listen to these again. However, this album is an actual revelation! It's almost like overnight they have grown up into something far more mature. The production values are superb and the songs themselves are cleverly (and thoughtfully) put together with lyrics that are considered and poignant. In an interview, they stated that they worked together in the same location for this album instead of remotely - and it shows. There is nothing like being in the same room to hammer out disagreements and to obtain perfection. Track 1 isn't really a proper track, as such, but is a scene-setter intro for the rest of the album which is a really nice touch. The album proper starts with the absolutely superb Metroland. At over 7 minutes in length this song is allowed to breath and I never stop playing this track, playing it at least once a day. It is one of my favourite pop tunes of all time and the lyrics are plain clever. Give it some volume! Interestingly, my other favourite track is the final track on the album - Final Song. Usually most albums tail off after a couple or three decent tracks. This album just keeps going and finishes on a high (to me) with a strange ethereal offering, Final Song. There is something catchy about it that I can't quite put my finger on. Brilliant. To summarize, you will like this album even if you don't like OMD. Buy it!
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