I've been an OMD fan since buying the "Messages" single in 1980 and a quarter of a century later, I still stick an OMD CD on every now and then. I usually choose this CD, Architecture & Morality as, for me, it's the most complete album of t heir career.
Album releases really were a whirlwind in those days and A&M was the third full length album in under two years for the dynamic Liverpool duo. That kind of release schedule would be unheard of nowadays, but back in the late 70's/early 80's that was par for the course.
I'll get the singles out of the way first; there's the shimmering beauty of Paul Humphrey's Souvenir, one of the classic OMD singles in every sense complete with the obligatory choral voices which became their trademark around this period. Then there are the two Joan Of Arc singles. One was a great slice of up-tempo - popiness (Joan Of Arc) while the other (Maid Of Orleans took the lead from Paul's Souvenir with its wall of choral voices.
Almost without fail, every track could have been a potential single from the excellent Georgia with its added radio samples or the breathtaking She's Leaving. Why Virgin never released that as a single, I'll never know.
This is also the first OMD album where Andy McCluskey let's rip with his guitar and this adds yet another element to the OMD sound. The opener New Stone Age is virtually new wave!
If you're going to buy one OMD album, then make sure this is the one, with the added bonus tracks, it's even better value, particularly as the best EVER OMD track, The Romance Of The Telescope is included.