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This review is from: History Of Modern (Audio CD)
Having been a fan of OMD since 'Electricity' and 'Messages' I was disappointed with how they declined after 'Dazzle Ships'. Then there was a a long break and then they re-formed.
Re-formed bands rarely produce any worth listening too so I didn't buy this album immediately.
However, over time, this album got good reviews and, on the strength of this, I bought the album. I'm so glad I did. This is almost classic OMD and a great return to form.
If I was to characterise this album I'd say 'Organisation' meets 'Dreaming'. The sounds are more mainstream than early OMD, as are the lyrics, but there's an edge that cuts in some of the lyrics. There's a lot of catchy riffs, some haunting atmosphere, a track meant for a girl band, and a touch of the weird and wacky that OMD delight in confusing us with.
If you remember 'Souvenir', 'Enola Gay', and 'Joan of Arc', then this album won't disappoint.