Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

So in Love

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After years of experimenting with sound and style, in 1985 OMD released Crush, a surprisingly straightforward album, as the band decided to step back and take time to consolidate. It was not their smartest move, as the album became their lowest-charting release yet, a fate predicted by "So in Love," faltering as it did in the bottom reaches of the U.K. Top 30. In fact, it's a rich and sumptuous number, virtually a ballad, but its adamant beats, swelling synths, and dense textures were all well in keeping with the group's signature styling. The music is swept in warm romance, but counterintuitively the lyrics are as cold as ice, as Andy McCluskey passionately declares an end to love. So, all the makings for another hit are here, but the single was hobbled by Stephen Hague's production and the urban brass, both of whose slickness coats the song with a waxy gloss that is far removed from the group's usual organic sparkle. And so what if British fans nervously eared this latest transformation with trepidation. Americans eagerly lapped it up, sending the single to number 26 and giving OMD their first U.S. hit.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Crush 1985 Virgin 3:25
No Image 1985 Atlantic
The Best of OMD 1988 A&M 3:28
So in Love [Laserlight] 1995
Various Artists
Disky 3:28
Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the 80's, Vol. 15 1995
Various Artists
Rhino
The OMD Singles 1998 Virgin 3:29
Eighties Pop Generation: The Politics of Dancing 2004
Various Artists
Disky 3:40
Retro: Active, Vol. 2 2004
Various Artists
Hi-Bias Records 5:41
Love Action 80's 2005
Various Artists
Disky 3:29
Sounds of the Underground [Time/Life] 2005
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:30
RMF Najlepsza Muzyka: Na Impreze 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:24
Live: Architecture & Morality & More 2008 Salvo
Live: Architecture & Morality and More 2008 Eagle Vision
Messages: OMD Greatest Hits 2008 EMD Int'l 3:30
Slave To Love 2008
Various Artists
Somerset Entertainment 3:31
No Image Private Issue 5:39
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