Dazzle Ships

Dazzle Ships

by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
     
 

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OMD's glistening run of top-flight singles and chart domination came to a temporary but dramatic halt with Dazzle Ships, the point where the band's pushing of boundaries reached their furthest limit. McCluskey, Humphreys, and company couldn't take many listeners with them, though, and it's little surpriseSee more details below

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OMD's glistening run of top-flight singles and chart domination came to a temporary but dramatic halt with Dazzle Ships, the point where the band's pushing of boundaries reached their furthest limit. McCluskey, Humphreys, and company couldn't take many listeners with them, though, and it's little surprise why -- a couple of moments aside, Dazzle Ships is pop of the most fragmented kind, a concept album released in an era that had nothing to do with such conceits. On its own merits, though, it is dazzling indeed, a Kid A of its time that never received a comparative level of contemporary attention and appreciation. Indeed, Radiohead's own plunge into abstract electronics and meditations on biological and technological advances seems to be echoing the themes and construction of Dazzle Ships. What else can be said when hearing the album's lead single, the soaring "Genetic Engineering," with its Speak & Spell toy vocals and an opening sequence that also sounds like the inspiration for "Fitter, Happier," for instance? Why it wasn't a hit remains a mystery, but it and the equally enjoyable, energetic "Telegraph" and "Radio Waves" are definitely the poppiest moments on the album. Conceived around visions of cryptic Cold War tension, the rise of computers in everyday life, and European and global reference points -- time zone recordings and snippets of shortwave broadcasts -- Dazzle Ships beats Kraftwerk at their own game, science and the future turned into surprisingly warm, evocative songs or sudden stop-start instrumental fragments. "Dazzle Ships (Parts II, III, and VII)" itself captures the alien feeling of the album best, with its distanced, echoing noises and curious rhythms, sliding into the lovely "The Romance of the Telescope." "This Is Helena" works in everything from what sounds like heavily treated and flanged string arrangements to radio announcer samples, while "Silent Running" becomes another in the line of emotional, breathtaking OMD ballads, McCluskey's voice the gripping centerpiece.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2008
Label:
Caroline
UPC:
5099952256721
catalogNumber:
22567
Rank:
42141

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Tracks

  1. Radio Prague  -  Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
  2. Genetic Engineering  -  Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
  3. ABC Auto Industry  -  Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
  4. Telegraph  -  Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
  5. This Is Helena  -  Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
  6. International  -  Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
  7. Dazzle Ships, Pts. 2, 3, and 4  -  Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
  8. The Romance of the Telescope  -  Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
  9. Silent Running  -  Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
  10. Time Zones  -  Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
  11. Radio Waves  -  Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
  12. Of All the Things We've Made  -  Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
  13. Telegraph  -  Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
  14. 4-Neu  -  Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
  15. Genetic Engineering  -  Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
  16. 66 and Fading  -  Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
  17. Telegraph  -  Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
  18. Swiss Radio International  -  Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark   Primary Artist
M.H. Cooper   Group Member
Maureen Humphreys   Vocals
Andy McCluskey   Group Member

Technical Credits

Arun Chakraverty   Mastering
Rhett Davies   Producer,Engineer
Tony Lawrence   Engineer
Ian Little   Engineer
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Creation
Brian Tench   Engineer
Paul Ward   Engineer
Dirk Hohmeyer   Engineer
Andy Dunkley   Engineer
Keith Richard Nixon   Engineer
Sue Sawyer   Engineer
Michael Stark   Engineer

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