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  • Summary: The 13th full-length studio release for the synth-pop band was self-produced.
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The Punishment of Luxury
The Punishment of Luxury Is in the air for all to see And it's ugly now And it's getting worse every day (hey! hey! hey!) Dilettantes savoir... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Aug 31, 2017
    In the wrong hands, this kind of thing could come across as heavy-handed or detached, but The Punishment Of Luxury exudes warmth and empathy throughout.
  2. Sep 5, 2017
    Now there is an extra dimension, an extra frisson, for like their contemporaries this year (Erasure, Depeche Mode) OMD are bringing some raw feeling to the studio.
  3. Sep 6, 2017
    Like all of OMD’s post-reunion releases, The Punishment of Luxury sounds too clean, too digital for its own good. There’s too little of the analog muskiness that made their early work so haunting. Drummer Malcolm Holmes, forced to retire for health reasons, is sorely missed. Nonetheless, even if OMD’s message is an old one, it is one they can still deliver quite well.
  4. Aug 29, 2017
    Fans of their two albums, 2010's History Of Modern and 2013's English Electric, will not be disappointed. [Jul - Sep 2017, p.59]
  5. Aug 29, 2017
    In 1983, OMD threatened to derail their career with the defiantly leftfield Dazzle Ships. A sense of that adventurous spirit permeates this 12-track collection but Andy and Paul’s flair for infectious melody actually steers this comfortably away from the chillier extremes of that earlier well-regarded but commercially-limited opus.
  6. Sep 1, 2017
    The Punishment of Luxury continues the band's ongoing reunion without significantly altering their course. A few songs here could end up in the band's permanent setlist, but for an album so concerned with our present-day living, OMD seem too content to linger in their own past.
  7. Sep 14, 2017
    The only track that leaves you electronically cold is Robot Man, which sounds like OMD by numbers. Saying that, nice to also hear them lashing some decent beats beneath the engine of The Punishment Of Luxury.

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  1. Oct 12, 2017
    This is the best complete OMD album ever! There are no 'throw away' songs here. I've been listing to OMD for decades and i liked songs hereThis is the best complete OMD album ever! There are no 'throw away' songs here. I've been listing to OMD for decades and i liked songs here and there by them but this album is different. Get this album today! Expand