Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Architecture & Morality

Published on 24 February 2019 by

      Ned Raggett: ‘If there was a clear high point for Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark in terms of balancing relentless experimentation and seemingly unstoppable mainstream success in the U.K., Architecture & Morality is it. Again combining everything from design and presentation to even the title into an overall artistic effort, this album showed that OMD was arguably the first Liverpool band since the later Beatles to make such a sweeping, all-bases-covered achievement — more so because OMD owed nothing to the Fab Four. All it takes is a consideration of the three smash singles from the album to see the group in full flower. “Souvenir,” featuring Paul Humphreys in a quiet but still warm and beautiful lead role, eases in on haunting semi-vocal sighs before settling into its gentle, sparkling melody. The mid-song instrumental break, with its shifted tempos and further wordless calls, is especially inspired. “Joan of Arc,” meanwhile, takes the drama of “Enola Gay” to new heights; again, wordless vocals provide the intro and backing, while an initially quiet melody develops into a towering heartbreaker, …. . Any number of other high points can be named, such as the opening, “The New Stone Age,” with McCluskey’s emotional fear palpable over a rough combination of nervous electronic pulses, piercing keyboard parts, and slightly distorted guitar. “She’s Leaving” achieves its own polished pop perfection — it would have made an inspired choice for a fourth single if one had been forthcoming — while the heartbreaking “Sealand” and “Georgia” hint at where OMD would go next, with Dazzle Ships.’


Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Architecture & Morality Tracklist

  1. The New Stone Age
  2. She’s Leaving
  3. Souvenir
  4. Sealand
  5. Joan of Arc
  6. Maid of Orleans
  7. Architecture and Morality
  8. Georgia
  9. The Beginning and the End

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Architecture & Morality

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