Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys make up Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, who were responsible for some of the catchiest and brightest synth pop that the '80s had to offer. O.M.D.'s material was a step above other keyboard pop music of the time, thanks to the combination of intelligently crafted hooks and colorful rhythms that bounced and jittered with pristine charm. Their squeaky-clean brilliancy initiated by both their synthesizers and subdued yet attractive vocal styles gave them a more mature sound over bands like Duran Duran and A Flock of Seagulls, who were attracting a younger audience. The Best of O.M.D. is an excellent compilation of their polished music, starting out with less provocative material like the basic electronic wash of "Electricity" and the bare but ebullient fervor of "Enola Gay." As this set moves along, so does the craftiness of their work, which is evident on tighter sounding songs like "Tesla Girls" and "Locomotion," where the intricacy of their formula begins to take a more resounding shape. O.M.D.'s best work came from 1985's Crush album, which harbored the midnight airiness found in "So in Love" as well as the adolescent innocence that streamed its way through "Secret," which are two of the best tracks on this set.
Limited 2008 two disc (CD + DVD) edition of this collection from the Synth Pop duo, celebrating their 30th Anniversary as a recording unit. The 20 track CD features all the hits and fan favorites including 'Electricity', 'Enola Gay', 'Joan Of Arc', 'Tesla Girls', 'Sailing On The Seven Seas' and more. The accompanying DVD boasts 31 promo videos, of which 28 have never been available before on DVD and 11 are released for the first time. An excellent package for the hardcore fan and the OMD novice. Party like it's 1982! EMI.
After a delay in 2006, New Romantics old and, well…new can enjoy the highly anticipated release of OMD's Architecture and Morality, remastered and enhanced with DVD footage. This third album from the bruised nucleus of bassist/singer Andy McCluskey and keyboardist/electronics enthusiast Paul Humphreys is often regarded as their seminal work, not least because it achieved critical and commercial success (over three million sales and several top ten hits) unlike its predecessor Organisation (for all its sonic ambition, overly challenging) and its follow up Dazzle Ships (which lacked memorable songs).
Architecture & Morality is the third album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, released in 1981. It is the group's most commercially and critically successful album, selling over 3 million copies. The album is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.