History of Modern - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
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  1. Truth be told, finding a clunker on the second half is a tall order and that simple fact is what makes History of Modern so rewarding.
  2. This 11th album refines their sound and gives it a modern productive tweak. [Oct 2010, p.112]
  3. 70
    Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark's first album in 14 years--and first in 24 to feature the lineup that recorded the bulk of their hits--meticulously returns to the ostensibly perky sound and pensive sensibility of the Merseyside quartet's early-to-mid-'80s heyday.
  4. They set the table for a full-on renaissance, then stopped a couple courses short. With judicious programming, the best two-thirds of History of Modern will give you just enough of that old OMD magic to warrant a purchase. The problem is, it's also just enough to make the rest of the album break your heart.
  5. It's a return to form only in the sense that it finds OMD, several decades on, still struggling with its identity.
  6. Dec 21, 2010
    The results are mixed. The first four tracks are the most rewarding.
  7. Like Simple Minds, it's not too late for OMD to stride all the way back to greatness. But this album isn't even a stumble in the right direction, and the clock, as always, is ticking.

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