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Product Details

1. Junk Culture
2. Tesla Girls
3. Locomotion
4. Apollo
5. Never Turn Away
6. Love And Violence
7. Hard Day
8. All Wrapped Up
9. White Trash
10. Talking Loud And Clear

Product Description

2004 UK pressing features a total of 10 tracks. EMI. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
OMD's zenith Dec 7 2005
By F P Cassini - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A very different perspective than the reviews i've read here is that Junk Culture is OMD's peak! This release very successfully blends the 'art' with the 'pop'. The previous release, Dazzle Ships, doesn't have hooks to demand the listener play the album over and over, while the next release, Crush, is contaminated by the peppering of crassly calculated careerist "hit singles" (souless Stephen Hague produced and banished all quirk factor, except Andy McCluskey's distinctive(!) voice) that unapologetically marked OMD's short wade into mainstream impotency. In my mind, Junk Culture is their final chapter, w/ a few of the more interesting tracks from Crush as an addendum. DISCLAIMER of ADOLESCENT SUBJECTIVITY: this lp took over my turntable in 1985 when i was developmentally in "teenage sponge mode". Still, objectively speaking, it is the culmination of their intelligent quirky art-pop aesthetic. Beautiful arranging/production, and Peter Saville design, too!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Taking the plunge... March 6 2006
By Kid A - Published on
Format: Audio CD
As another reviewer noted, this album marks OMD's departure from the more synthy/new-wavy/electronic sounds they embraced on earlier releases, especially Dazzle Ships.

Although Junk Culture doesn't fully embrace the pop culture as the follow up album, Crush, did, there was still a notable pop influence on this release. I don't say that as a bad thing, either. Good pop is still good music. It's just a shame that there's so much *bad* pop, but I digress.

Junk Culture took a little bit of time to sink in with me. I admit it. I love Crush. I suppose part of that is sentimental, as it was my girlfriend of the time (and wife now, so many years later) that exposed me to OMD via Crush. I had always liked Organisation and their other, older albums. Once I fell for Crush, though, I think the beauty of Junk Culture was finally exposed to me.

The great thing about Junk Culture is exactly its merging of the quirkiness of OMD's earlier material with the more pop-oriented melodies of the time. Those two elements came together in Junk Culture to create a genuinely unique work. You just can't go wrong with the eccentric Tesla Girls, the emotion of Love and Violence or the Latin flair of All Wrapped Up.

Any fan of the '80s owes it to themselves to own this album. It may not be my favorite OMD album, but it does a great job of displaying both sides of the OMD coin. It has also stood the test of time, in my opinion sounding as brilliant today as it did 20+ years ago.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
About ten years ahead of their time April 30 2012
By C. Glenn - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album blew me away so hard when it came out--more innovative and original than anything at the time. OMD did have their own quirky vocal flavor, which may explain their limited popularity. Personally, I loved this album then and I still do. These guys were simply genius. I'm listening to this album as I write this. It's the first time I've heard it in more than ten years. It still strikes as intelligent and honest, with a waterfall of soul and emotion coming through compelling electronic sounds.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Pretty good Dec 11 2005
By Analog - Published on
Format: Audio CD
There are a few songs on here that most people will definately know right away if you're already familiar with OMD. Locomotion, Tesla Girls and Talking Loud and Clear are all available on the OMD singles collection. As with all OMD, there are a few lesser known gems on this album as well. Songs like Hard Day, White Trash, and my favorite song, Never Turn Away. Although I don't like this album nearly to the extent that I like Organisation, Architecture or their self titled debut, this is far better than Dazzle Ships. OMD never went through a time where I disliked all of their music, but there are definately alums that are superior. This one falls kind of in the middle. It seems like they abandoned their more introspective and thought provoking music in favor of poppier and more radio friendly sounds. Not that this is all bad, OMD were successful at everything they attempted.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Still Thrills Nov. 11 2013
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album wasn't nearly as daring or adventerous as OMD's first couple of albums, or even gems such as "Dazzle Ships" and "Architecture and Morality", and yet it's hard to find any fault with it. Yes, OMD was veering in a more pop direction at this point, but it's not like they ever aspired to be Tangerine Dream or Can. The songs here have plenty of hooks, and those endearing vocals, but there are enough sharp edges to please fans of the early albums too. All in all, another thrilling mini-masterpiece, highlighted by some of their very best songs. It's an album that has held up well over the years.