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All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
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. [The 2002 British re-release includes two songs not included on the original: "Genetic Engineering" and "Telegraph."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/9/2002
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 077778632320
  • Catalog Number: 786323
  • Sales rank: 3,362

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Electricity (3:32)
  2. 2 Messages (4:45)
  3. 3 Enola Gay (3:32)
  4. 4 Souvenir (3:38)
  5. 5 Joan of Arc (3:48)
  6. 6 Maid
  7. 7 Telegraph (3:43)
  8. 8 Telsa Girls
  9. 9 Locomotion (3:53)
  10. 10 Talking Loud and Clear (3:55)
  11. 11 So in Love (3:29)
  12. 12 Secret (3:57)
  13. 13 If You Leave (4:30)
  14. 14 Forever Live and Die (3:35)
  15. 15 Dreaming (3:58)
  16. 16 Genetic Engineering (3:35)
  17. 17 We Love You (12" Version) (6:14)
  18. 18 La Femme Accident (12" Version) (6:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Tom Lord-Alge Producer
Rhett Davies Producer
Stephen Hague Producer
Malcolm Holmes Contributor
Mike Howlett Producer
Richard Manwaring Producer
Andy McCluskey Contributor
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Composer, Producer
Brian Tench Producer
Graham Weir Contributor
Paul Humphreys Contributor
Neil Weir Contributor
Martin Cooper Contributor
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