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on 22 February 2004
This is arguably OMDs best album in that it is listenable and easy on the ear to the pop fan but still has that quirkyness that was apparent throughout their career.
Born out of the late 70s Liverpool scene , but sounding quite different from their peers like Echo & The Bunnymen, Teardrop Explodes and Mighty Wah! The big hit Enola Gay (after a few minor hits including one about a telephone box in Meols on the Wirral !!! - I said they were quirky) first brought them to national attention.
This album is very much in that vain and includes the wonderfully pretty "Souvenir",and excellent hits "Joan Of Arc" And "Maid of Orleans". "She's Leaving" is an album track that probably would have been a single had it been on any other record. "The Beginning and the End" is also a good example of experimenting but not betraying pop sensibility....Sealand (possibly about an area not far from their Wirral homeland near Chester) is one of OMDs weird tracks but still listenable.
But that was always the problem with OMD. They could never decide whether they wanted to be like Abba and craft those perfect melodies or experiment with soundscapes and noise.
This is OMD at their most commercial and accessible...other than the Greatest Hits which should be your introduction to the band ,this is their Sgt Pepper. An almost perfect 'electropop' album in line with 'Dare' by the Human League and very reminiscent of the last 'Golden Age' of pop before sampling and rap left us without much originality.
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