Architecture & Morality – Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (1981)


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Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark or OMD for short are an English new wave / electro-pop band fronted by Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys. During the early 1980’s their popularity gathered throughout Europe and when Architecture & Morality (their third album) was released they found a wider audience. The album yielded 3 top 5 singles in the UK, one of which “Maid of Orleans” reached #1 in Ireland and New Zealand.

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Side A

The opening song is “The New Stone Age” A mixture of synth and urgent bass pumping it along. Track two is my favourite on Side A, “She’s leaving”, a simple synth-pop song, followed by the lead single “Souvenir” which reached #3 in UK. Side A closes with the nearly 8 minute track “Sealand” after a lengthy instrumental introduction which is like a mini synth symphony half way along a few lines of vocals appear with the backing track moving to the beat of a drum, and experimental synth sounds take over again.

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Side B

Side B is opened by two singles “Joan of Arc” and Joan of Arc (Maid of Orleans) followed by the title track which is an instrumental “Architecture & Morality”. Track 4 “Georgia” is back to pure synth pop again. “The Beginning and the End” ends this album. This album is now seen as the band’s seminal work.

The album made #3 in UK and certified as platinum, #1 in Netherlands #8 in Germany and was the first album to chart in US at #144. The front cover of this album is unusual as there is a cut out square. When the inner sleeve is inside the cover it looks complete. I have the Grey coloured cover, but was originally issued in yellow. There were also blue and green versions. The electro-pop sound so indicative of the time gives the album a experimental feel, like they are trying to formulate a story around the electronic instruments.

Produced by OMD and Richard Manwaring and “Souvenir” produced by Mike Howlett.


About 6134Dave

Fan of music. I've been buying records, cassettes, and CD's since the mid 1970's. I'm currently converting some of my vinyl to mp3. Because of this I've been reconnecting with my music collection.
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