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  • Audio CD (September 28, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: BRIGHT ANTENNA
  • ASIN: B003Y7L5W8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,443 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. New Babies: New Toys
2. If You Want It
3. History of Modern (Part I)
4. History of Modern (Part II)
5. Sometimes
6. Rfwk
7. New Holy Ground
8. The Future
9. Sister Marie Says
10. Pulse
11. Green
12. Bondage of Fate
13. The Right Side

Editorial Reviews

One of the reasons Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark have called their brand new album,their eleventh,'History of Modern' is because they are acutely aware of what it is they're doing with this release. On paper, this is the UK synth-pop pioneers' first new material since 1996, but in spirit,it has more in common with the group's early '80s heyday when their hits lit up the charts and set the agenda for a bold new movement in British electronic music. Fast forward 30 years to the reunited OMD of 2010 and it's clear that that sense of mischief and youthful idealism still fuels the group.

Customer Reviews

Great CD with a number of very good songs.
Shaun Richardson
I highly recommend History of Modern, and it will make you want to get out your other OMD albums and listen to them, as well.
T. Bosley
This music is new, it's beautiful, inspiring, engaging and fully dance-able if your body still allows for that.
Maureen A.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By rockgirl on September 28, 2010
Format: Audio CD
There's been a recent resurge of electronic music in the past few years and though it's stayed mostly in UK/Europe and hasn't crossed the pond to the states yet, hopefully with this, the first OMD album in 14 years, that will quickly change! 14 years is a long time but founding members Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys have found a way to bridge the gap of time and produce what could arguably be called one of their best albums of their career. Offering a hybrid of new and old sounds, this gem is likely to not only please the long-standing fans but grab a whole new generation who, perhaps unknowingly, have been listening to OMD through influence in bands such as The Killers and LCD Soundsystem.

Opener NEW BABIES: NEW TOYS comes rearing out of the gate with a 'take that' attitude. It's edgier than what many think or remember OMD sounding but easily fits into todays mainstream with its bombastic bass, distorted vocals and heavy, head-bopping beats. It's followed by IF YOU WANT IT, a song written originally by Mr. M. for one of his past girl bands. Filled with a catchy chorus and choral "aws" it works, much in thanks to the retention of his valuable vocal quality at the ripe YOUNG age of 51!

HoM PART 1 and 2 are definitely OMD in their "pop hits" area and PART 1 is, in my opinion, OMD at their best. Mr. H.s synths, earlier described as 'call and reply' play well with Mr. M.s addicting melody, laced with lovely harmonies. I challenge anyone to try sitting still for this one!

SOMETIMES is a slower, groovy number with additional vocal samples by Jennifer John to help get across the message of despondent love, while RFWK is one of a couple Kraftwerk-ish songs but rightfully so since it's a tribute to the band and their influences on both Mr. M. and Mr. H.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By M. Fitzsimons on September 28, 2010
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard OMD was releasing a new album I was excited, as I'd been happy with the past few albums under the guidance of Andy McCluskey - knowing I'd rather have a solo OMD than no OMD. When I heard this new album was going to include all four original members, I was ecstatic.

What they've achieved with History of Modern is not only a wink to their past, but a foothold into their future. Saying this is their best album in a few decades is accurate in the way that "Yes" was the best album in a few decades for the Pet Shop Boys. It's a return to form. It's a collective example of how a band can use the sounds they've created over the years and breathe new life into them. It's a difficult task for most bands and could have been an uphill battle, but for History of Modern it sounds easy. It sounds natural.

Songs like "HOM Part 1", "The Right Side" and "New Babies : New Toys" are absolutely euphoric and beyond anything I'd dreamed imaginable. Others such as "HOM Part 2", "Sometimes" and "If You Want It" are songs that any other band would kill to have in their arsenal of music. Catchy and unforgettable, the songs on HOM are also the best produced I've ever heard from OMD - the production is flawless. No rush job here.

With that, I'd say 60% of HOM is outstanding. Pristine pop with one foot planted firmly in the electronic maturity of it all. Another four or so songs are amazingly well crafted and break up the ear candy just enough to let your feet relax and appreciate the depth that this album has to offer. There are a couple tracks that are slow growers, but hey, that's the truth with almost every album - but having a 13-track album of this quality from OMD in 2010? Unheard of, until now. No complaints.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Vicky Welsby on October 10, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Way back in the 80s whenever I bought a new album, I'd play it to death and drive everyone insane I'd play it so much. I haven't done that in many a year......until now! If I could give this 10 stars, I would. I just LOVE this album. From the stunning, stunning ballad "Green" which sends shivers down my spine every time I hear it, and the beautiful "Bondage of Fate" to tracks like "Pulse" (the adult nature of which, I have to admit, was a bit of a shock at first!) with its infectious beat. I've been a fan of OMD for over 30 years and I've always loved their instrumentation, and this is no exception, it's superb. I absolutely love every track and just can't decide which one is my favourite. This is OMD doing what they do best, they've gone back to their electronic roots instead of trying to be mainstream. I've only got one tiny, tiny gripe and that's that Paul doesn't do any of the lead vocals at all. But still, this album is BRILLIANT. I've no idea what that BBC reviewer on Amazons UK site was listening to, but he sure wasn't listening to the same album as I did. Well done OMD and welcome back!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jimrs2000 on November 16, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I must admit I was more than a little worried when I heard that OMD were going to release a new album. I was quite happy when the miracle of the band reforming took place and they toured successfully playing their old stuff....safe ground, but a new album? OMD, the band of my youth, the band I grew up loving, OMD, the first concert I took my wife-to-be to, OMD, the band that I loved to listen to, even on the 90's when they had gone out of fashion. OMD, the band who's lead singer Andy McCluskey I had based my 80's haircut on. I am sure you get the idea, no, what I was nervous about the most was a new album dashing all of those fabulous memories of my formative years by being a shadow of their former selves........need I have worried so much? NOT ON YOUR LIFE, the album is a fantastic reflection on the early years.....no it's more than that, it is simply an EXTENSION of the early years with a modern twist, I love it!!
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