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listen  8. Love And Hate You 3:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Heaven Is 4:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 29, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B000000WJU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,087 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By nycgirl TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album really isn't as bad as you think. It may not be progressive or truly brilliant (i.e. Sugar Tax), but it's total no-brainer: eh, easy to like, easy to listen to. The overall feel of this album is upbeat and joyous. In fact, it's a little TOO happyhappyjoyjoy (almost like Erasure, which i'm not fond of.) If you are looking for a that melancholy synthpop vibe, you won't really find it here. However, this album IS worth your money b/c of the amazing, amazing track "Christine" which will bring you to your knees in tears. Absolutely stunning and i guarantee you will agree. Everyone who has heard "Christine" falls in love with the track. 'Dream of Me'is another ecstasy-dreamy-beat that whips you into watery dance unsconsciousness, with angelic female vocals. "Heaven Is" is an awesome, addictive dance track that really gets you moving. The most progressive track is probably "Agnus Dei" which really shows off OMD's electronic beginnings - A chorale of heavenly voices spouting "Agnus Dei" and other unidentifiable phrases melded, cut, scratched and broken into a hard techno frenzy that speeds faster and faster--and then lulls to a stop, then starts again. Early 90s rave right there. The rest of the songs arent' breaking new ground---but none are so horrible that you have to skip them, either. like i said, they are enjoyable and danceable; you will find pieces of the melody in each song that is so beautiful. Should you get this album? YES, if you want gorgeous instrumentals and heavenly dance.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Karlberg on November 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The fact that OMD--or rather, Andy McCluskey--can do his worst and still sound reasonably good, is adequate testimony of OMD's musical competence. This disc is witness to that. It's unlikely that you'll ever bump into an OMD fan (that is, someone who's familiar with OMD's catalog beyond "If You Leave"). But in the rare event that you do, there's an even slimmer chance that you'll find a fan who considers "Liberator" a masterful work of sonic genius. This CD lacks, among other things, the unconventional, innovative elements of "Architecture and Morality," the ethereal splendor of "Organisation," and most disappointingly, the emotional charge evident throughout the first half of OMD's library. Even the immediate predecessor to this disc ("Sugar Tax") with its quasi-sobbing and desperate lyrics beared some semblance to those early gems which proved that not all synthpop bands were unsoulful, vapid white boys. To the contrary, OMD was appropriately recognized within the right circles as something of a musical anamoly: here was evidence that you could, in fact, marry computer commands and synthetic sounds with painfully sincere human emotion and produce something legitimate.

Unfortunately, that sense of pioneering is blatantly absent on "Liberator." If it's possible for great artists to be influenced by lesser-quality sell-outs, this CD would be exhibit A--the mastermind of McCluskey haunted by the ghost of Ace of Base. Songs like "King of Stone," "Love and Hate You," and "Heaven Is" all fall short of OMD's previous standards. Blame all the programming-heavy noises on this album which leave precious little room for ingenuity.

And speaking of noises, it's necessary to address the "instrumentation" on this album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I'm not sure why people seem to dismiss this album as dance/tripe, but as far as I'm concerned, it is one of the best cd's O.M.D. ever released. Right up there with "Sugar Tax". There is depth in these songs, you just have to listen. The opening track "Stand Above Me" is a great song and I love the backing vocal parts near the end. "Everday" has excellent bass and is a danceable track, but the words are meaningful and deep. My favorite track on the album "King of Stone" is often overlooked, but connects with me strongly. After the great dance track "Dollar Girl", we have "Dream Of Me" which is on the singles cd. It's good, but not one of my favorites and shouldn't have been a single(if it was). "Sunday Morning" is great and almost sounds like "La Femme Accident". "Agnus Dei" is a sort of instrumental acidhouse type experiment that takes a few listens to really enjoy, probably the worst song on the cd, though. "Love You And Hate You" is excellent and very sing-along. "Heaven Is" almost could be an Erasure song, but I really like it also. The last 3 songs on the cd are perhaps the best ones-"Best Years Of Our Lives","Christine" & "Only Tears". In particular, I love "Only Tears" and wish it would go on longer. Overall a SUPER album with every track a quality one. OMD seemed to get better and better with each album in my opinion...and definately get "Universal"-it's a great thematic album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Opdyke on October 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I've had this album ever since it was first cranked out of Andy McClusky's talented soul and onto CD, and to be quite frank, this was my favorite of theirs, and one of their best. This album is well polished, smooth, fun, exuberant, and full of different moods, great lyrics and music that will take you on a roller coaster ride of fun. I'd have to say this album is the culmination of what Andy was trying to do all through the 80's. I "ditto" what the reviewer said in the review "GREAT ALBUM!!!, June 27, 2001". I couldn't describe the individual songs and why they are my fav's any better. Nonetheless, after reading all of the bashing this album took it amazes me... WHY!!!!???? great album and that's that, I hate bashing anyone, but if bashing needs to take place, feel at liberty to bash the folks that completely misunderstood this album, and buy it and listen through the album a few times in repeat... you won't be unpleased believe me.

For reference, you will find this album a favorite alongside New Order's much underappreciated Republic, Red Flag's even more underappreciated Lighthouse, and Cause and Effect's Trip... all timeless albums. They still go great mixed in with the mature and relaxingly talented musicians Coldplay, Sarah McLachlan, Delerium, Balligomingo, and Depeche Mode in the mix... Great album guys. OMD - Andy McClusky, I wish you could have done more just like this. Gosh, the critics here kill me, to them I say, lighten up... learn to breath in and out, OMD made a lot of great music, relax and enjoy it.
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