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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
I have the cd on repeat and even copied it to my Hi-MD minidiscs, my preferred medium in uncompressed pcm. All I have to say about the album is that side one is the smoothest. The second side starts with "The Future, The Past, and Forever After", which I had to get used to, but it segues to the wonderful "Sister Marie Says".
'Pulse' is another one that takes time to digest. It's not for everyone. The rest on side two is great. I love the last three tracks. Of note is that the U.S. release that I have has an extra track 14 "Save Me" with Aretha Franklin. The song does stick out because it doesn't sound like the others with only Aretha Franklin singing, but hey it's Aretha Franklin. How could you not love her. Actually with that bonus track it segues quite well to the first track when on repeat.
With this album I can not believe how they sound. They sound as if no time has passed since their heyday. I needed to take a double take.
I love this album because they are not trying to be modern. The inside sleeve has an interesting lesson on the history of modernism. I love the whole concept.
I find it funny that people of my age in their twenties listen to bands that sound like OMD and call them innovative, fresh, new, modern. But if they listen to the originals like OMD they would call them dated and so 80s. I hate that. OMD is awesome and I highly recommend this album.Read more ›
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