History of Modern Image
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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. This is an album that celebrates OMD's electric romanticism as purely as ever, with occasional concessions to house music developments made in a way that flatters their own work, part of an impressive desire to keep their original aesthetic . In that respect, it represents a qualified triumph.
  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
    50
    The results are mixed. The first four tracks are the most rewarding.
  7. History of Modern is a record for the die-hard OMD fans only and those who have followed them throughout their career up to their last record 14 years ago might enjoy acquainting themselves with new, but familiar sounds.

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