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5.0 out of 5 stars OMD's great leap forward.
Returning to Architecture and Morality after a 26 year gap is quite an enlightening experience.

By the time this album was released in 1981 OMD were on the way to becoming a regular chart act and this album was in effect the bands great leap forward.With an impressive three U.K. hit singles,it could be argued that Architecture And Morality was merely the latest...
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3.0 out of 5 stars EARLY OMD
EARLY OMD MATERIAL IS VERY GOOD TO LISTEN TOO.IT HOLDS ITSELF VERY WELL FOR AN EARLY 80S ALBUM..WORTH LISTENING TOO
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peak OMD from 1981, with many bonus tracks, 4 Aug. 2003
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Jason Parkes (Worcester, UK) - See all my reviews
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History hasn't been kind to OMD- the frequent geography teacher dancing analogy, the rather bland song they recorded for Pretty in Pink, the horror that was Locomotion, the fact that the band went AWOL leaving Andy McCluskey to become a solo act in all but name (then unleash the horror that was Atomic Kitten!). But from the classic Electricity (released on Factory) to 1983's commercial seppuku that was Dazzleships, OMD were a frequently interesting band. Like many UK bands of the era they had a punk-approach to synthesisers & many of their tracks easily stand up next to acts such as Cabaret Voltaire, Depeche Mode, Heaven17/Human League & Simple Minds. Like many bands, they were using synthesisers earlier and in a more interesting manner than the bands often cited as electronica pioneers- notably Depeche Mode (again!) & Joy Division/New Order. These set of reissues of early OMD, as with Simple Minds'Early Gold compilation should hopefully get people to look again at OMD.
Architecture & Morality was the commercial apex of early OMD, three of their biggest hits are here- the classic synthpop anthem Souvenier (also included is an extended version)& the bizarre hits centred around, of all things, Joan of Arc: the eponymous track & the drum-heavy Maid of Orleans (it's more Carl Dreyer than Otto Preminger, if we can make a film analogy!)She's Leaving is OMD's first step towards the commercial pop that they would become more famous for- eg Secret, If You Leave, Forever Live & Die etc; still, a rather pleasant song regardless. But the rest of the nine-track album is pleasingly weird, even when they did go commercial, OMD still made perverse/experimental tracks like Crush, The Dead Girls & White Trash. Opener The New Stone Age has a strange rhythm with what sounds like chiming banjos here- very much the New Order sound pre-New Order!- god knows what it's about though!
The centrepiece of the album and the most interesting track is Sealand (a nod towards Neu!?)- which has a wonderful ambience and sits well next to tracks such as Burning Bridges by Japan & Kant-Kino by Simple Minds. Georgia sees them move again towards perky synth pop, though with odd subject matter- in line with early hit Enola Gay & later songs like Genetic Engineering. Listening to the title track & closer Beginning and the End, OMD strike you as rather a strange band...which I suppose they were!
The bonus tracks make this budget reissue even more appealing- though owners of 2001's Navigation will be familiar with some of these tracks. There are even formative versions of tracks that would surface on the wonderful Dazzleships- their finest and most misunderstood moment! This reissue of Architecture & Morality should hopefully avert the lame Alan Partridge baiting (well, in light of what Steve Coogan's done since!) & prove that OMD were once a rather original band. There's a thin line between perversion and pop & OMD were yet to stray too far into the latter & away from the former. Both A&M and preceding album Organisation are worth checking out- merely to see where New Order got the sound for several of their tracks later on! (eg All Day Long, Your Silent Face) It still more than stands up alongside other classics of 1981: Dare!, Fourth Drawer Down, Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret, Penthouse & Pavement, Red Mecca, Sons&Fascination & Tin Drum. Proof that nostalgia isn't a complete waste of time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than I remembered, 18 May 2010
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Tony Jones "Tony" (UK) - See all my reviews
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In the 80s this was one of the 'must buy' albums if you were at all into the whole first wave of synth pop (see wiki for details). I bought this at the time and enjoyed the obvious tracks (Souvenir, Joan of Arc, Maid of Orleans) and didn't mind most of the others, with many moments hanging haunting in memory.

Recently (around Easter 2010) the BBC had a documentary charting the influences on the whole synth pop movement including the industrial landscape, JG Ballard and the German scene (ok Kraftwerk). Treating myself to this album again, it all becomes clear, this is a concept album (don't shout the prog boys will argue) and all the way through are many acoustic textures of machines and the sounds of an idealised industrial landscape. It really works as a whole.

Saying that this means the bonus tracks whilst interesting as curios (and presumably more serious fans) don't add anything at all to my enjoyment.

Go on, treat yourself, you know you want to!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab, 2 Jun. 2014
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C. Harrison (England) - See all my reviews
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I so love this CD - showing my age but it takes me back to when in 18 - cannt beat a bit of OMD
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic synth pop from OMD, 13 Feb. 2013
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One of the first records I ever bought. Re-acquired following a discussion in the pub one night about great albums of our youth; fab tunes...happy days!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 11 Jun. 2015
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A great disc in v,g,c, thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 18 Dec. 2014
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one of the best albums ever!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 21 Feb. 2015
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Fantastic thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars OMD at their best, 6 July 2013
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I bought this CD as a replacement for an old tape and the album is still fresh and arguably OMD's best album. Souvenir, Maid of Orleans and Joan of Arc are the well known tracks however the entire album is coherent and for anyone not aware of OMD's synth-pop style this would be an excellent choice to discover what they do. The vocals and melodies have an almost ethereal feel while the lyrics are intelligent. In my opinion a well constructed and balanced album with variety and vibrancy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 May 2015
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spot on....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 24 Nov. 2014
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Great album
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