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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.

Best since Architecture & Morality

They've done it! They've fully recaptured who they were back in 1981 and made their most consistent and sonically beautiful album since A&M. Pure brilliance!


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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