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History of Modern marked the first time OMD's Paul Humphreys and Andy McCluskey had recorded together in 24 years, and they defied the odds against them by turning out a record that not only picked up where they left off but was one of 2010’s finest electronic-oriented outings by anyone. Things here kick off in full-throttle fashion with the uptempo, impossibly catchy “New Babies: New Toys,” which manages to fold some rather bleak lyrics into an irresistible, celebratory-sounding groove. “History of Modern, Pt. 1” manages a similar feat, making existentialism sound positively party-friendly. Of course, McCluskey and Humphreys are most famous for bringing melodic balladry into the electro-pop realm (à la “Enola Gay,” "If You Leave,” et al), and that gift doesn’t desert them here. Tunes like “RFWK” (a tip of the hat to primary OMD influence Kraftwerk) duly tug the heartstrings via sweet synth lines and McCluskey’s emotion-packed vocals. History of Modern stands as proof that reunion albums can sometimes exceed expectations.

Customer Reviews

Very Pleasant Surprise

I have loved this band since the 80's, but feared that this new album would be awful- unlike their early albums, which had unique pop mixed with deep brooding songs which often made one think of our science and technological future- and can happily report that this album is terrific. Beautiful in fact.

Absolutely Phenomenal

This is the best "comeback" album of any of the 80's bands. I do admit to being biased, as I have been a longtime OMD fan since the 1970's. This new venture brings back all of the original members of the OMD we came to love. It's a perfect blend of hard-hittin bass and the sounds that made OMD totally unique to any other band of their era. Andy's voice seems to have gotten better with age, and Paul, Martin and Malcom still shine. If you are a fan of electronic music, you will not be disappointed with History of Modern. A perfect album I will enjoy for many years to come.

Sweet melancholy ear candy

Incredible album...Paul Humphrey's influence is mixed so incredibly well with Andy's vocals. They really do work well together, glad to see them reunite. This album is like a perfect mix of Sugar Tax, Junk Culture & Crush from earlier times. Perfect blends of electronic synth. with some modern beats and that OMD sound that is always fresh with experimentation...truely it's one of the most solid albums from OMD. These guys are a fine wine indeed, they keep getting better with age. I just wish they'd tour the US soon. Money well spent for those of us that love groups like OMD, Erasure, and Depeche Mode.


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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