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With countless young groups in the new century discovering the joys of synths and mechanized beats, it's only fair that the men who wrote the original playbook should re-join the fray and reap their just rewards. No fan of synth-pop should be without OMD's 1981 masterwork Architecture & Morality, but 2013's English Electric makes a strong case for learning from your elders. This album's jammed tight with the elements of pop and experimentalism that made for a jarring experience in the early '80s and that today makes OMD sound as natural as breathing. On the second album since the group's 2005 reunion, OMD sound more comfortable than ever. Tunes like "Metroland," "Night Cafe," and "Helen of Troy" are "classic" OMD, veering closely to Kraftwerk's territory but with an unmistakable British touch. Andy McCluskey's crooning has always been part craft/part overwhelmed emotion, but the years have turned it into a familiar voice like that of an old lovestruck friend. Or, if you're new to OMD, the sound of a glorious drama queen.

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proof that the 80's had the best music

in the 80's music and pop culture were so much better than today. it was high class, artistic, and very relevant and innovative. the 90's went a bit sideways with the grunge movement, but it really went bad when mainstream culture turned to rap as the standard for pop culture in the mid 90's through today. english electric is proof of what could've been if the mindset of the 80's hadn't been discarded, and is a brilliant reminder of the glory days of bands like Pet Shop Boys, New Order, DM, The Cure, and of course OMD. I see a huge connection between the direction music has gone and the direction the youth have gone in 2013. Listen to this album and think about what used to be the prevalent pop culture, with English Electric you'd swear it never faded.

Best of all

OMD have always been like 2 different bands. An OMD fan seems to either be in the "If You Leave" camp, or Dazzle Ships. This one settles it. Andy and Paul have merged all of the best from past OMD recordings and created something special. As a fan going all the way back to A&M, I have to say that this is by far their best work.


Wow. I've been an OMD fan for 32 years and they are among my top 5 bands of all time. I was very excited in 2007 when the four of them regrouped, and really liked History of Modern, but it didn't really stick with me. English Electric is a whole other story. Though History was good, it just wasn't OMD to me. This is a true return to what OMD is all about. Experimentalism, weirdness, great lyrics, amazing sounds and melodies and just great pure music. To me, this album could easily have been their 5th, nicely bridging Dazzle Ships and Junk Culture. It is all the best things of Architecture and Morality, Dazzle Ships and the best parts of Junk Culture (I am very 50/50 on that album..). But it is most definitely not a parody of themselves. It is modern and current, but nostalgic also. After the MASSIVE disappointment that Depeche Mode's new one was for me, I really needed this amazing album. I have basically forgotten DM's after only 2 weeks. But the melodies and really cool synths on English Electric have completely stayed with me. Favorites right now are "Our System "(everything I have ever loved about OMD rolled into one new song), "Metroland", "Final Song" and I love love love the instrumental "The Future Will Be Silent", I seriously need an extended version of this. When you buy this album, play that song LOUD. The whole album has the theme of the future (our present) is not what it was supposed to be. You will see what I mean when you listen.... So there you have it. It is so great to be almost 47 years old and have an album make me this excited about new music again, its been a long time since an album has done that for me. Also, SEE THEM LIVE on this tour, SO much fun, and Our System live is incredible!


Formed: 1978 in Liverpool, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Featuring the core members Paul Humphreys and Andy McCluskey, the Liverpudlian synth pop group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark formed in the late '70s. Humphreys and McCluskey began performing together in school, playing in the bands VCL XI, Hitlerz Underpantz, and the Id. After the Id split in 1978, McCluskey was with Dalek I Love You for a brief time. Once he left Dalek, he joined with Humphreys and Paul Collister to form Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. The group released its first single,...
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