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The Best of OMD

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Other albums by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

  1. The Best of OMD
  2. Crush
  3. The Pacific Age
  4. Sugar Tax
  5. Junk Culture

Review

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. Even though "If You Leave" was the highlight of Pretty in Pink's soundtrack, its adult feel and smooth transition from stanza to chorus makes it their most memorable song. With only four singles reaching the Top 40 in the '80s, all included here, the 18 tracks that make up this compilation prove that O.M.D.'s music was far more consistent and illuminating than the charts represent. ~ Mike DeGagne
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Electricity Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3:30
  3. 2 Messages Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 4:40
  4. 3 Enola Gay Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3:32
  5. 4 Souvenir Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3:34
  6. 5 Joan of Arc Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3:43
  7. 6 Maid of Orleans Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 4:9
  8. 7 Tesla Girls Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3:34
  9. 8 Locomotion Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3:53
  10. 9 Talking Loud and Clear Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3:47
  11. 10 So in Love Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3:28
  12. 11 Secret Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3:56
  13. 12 If You Leave Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 4:28
  14. 13 (Forever) Live and Die Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3:35
  15. 14 Dreaming Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3:54
  16. 15 We Love You [12" Version] Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 6:11
  17. 16 La Femme Accident [12" Version] Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 6:15

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