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Oct 15, 2010

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – History of Modern

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After a 14 year hiatus OMD is back with its original line-up. Fueled by Andy McClusky’s and Paul Humphrey’s newfound enthusiasm History of Modern celebrates OMD’s legacy while paving the way for a bright future. The album celebrates the group’s synth-pop sound and bridges it with modern techno. McCluskey’s voice is still spot on and passionate after all these years and it pairs nicely with the vibrant soundscapes and electrifying choruses found on this release.
A good record is one you can sing along with and dance to. With that said, by the second spin I wanted to sing and by the third go round I was ready. With the exception of a few melancholy ballads each track is danceable. As for the ballads, you’ll just have to be a bit more graceful out on the dancefloor.

History of Modern kicks off with the energetic, synth driven “New Babies: New Toys.” This is followed up by the anthemic “If You Want It.” A little bit of nostalgia creeps in on History of Modern (part 1 and part 2). “RFWK” pays homage to Kraftwerk and “The Future, The Past, and Forever After” gives nods to ex- Factory Records labelmates New Order. “Sister Mary Says” is a catchy tune that you’ll find yourself singing at random moments throughout the day. “Pulse” resonates a sexy techno vibe, and “The Right Side?” will set the dancefloor on fire. The disc ends on a high note with “Save me,” which features Aretha Franklin and is exclusive to the U.S. release.

Without a doubt History of Modern is on my top 10 list for 2010. OMD’s blend of cutting-edge synth work and soulful pop has influenced many bands throughout the years. A number of tracks on this album are already destined to become classics and will no doubt influence a whole new generation of musicians.

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