History of Modern is the eleventh studio album by British synthpop band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD). It is their first since 1996, and also the first to feature the classic 4-piece OMD line-up since 1986's The Pacific Age. The record was released in the UK on 20 September 2010, peaking at It was a considerable hit in Germany, reaching – the group's highest chart placing for an LP in that country. The album was released in the US on Bright Antenna on 28 September 2010.
History Of Modern (CD, Album). bluenoise, David Gresham Records. Perhaps the best thing that can be said about History of Modern is that it's an admirable effort. In terms of the reunion and the sometimes condemnatory lyrical matter, this can't have been an easy LP to write or to record. 24 years after the band last worked together in full, it has the lack of focus you might expect from a debut rather than a band's 11th production, but it shows sufficient promise that it isn't wholly a waste of time
History of Modern appears to have made a conscious effort not to progress from OMD’s intrinsically ‘80s pop, with synths and bouncy melodies galore. The two parter from which the album draws its name pulls some, along with the pop-tastic ‘Sister Marie Says’. Stand out track is ‘Pulse’; its modern nostalgic approach to electro is so inkeeping with current bands such as Cold Cave, that it produces an ironic twist of an established band trying to sound like a new band trying to sound old. Although maybe they should have omitted the swearing: it’s not big, and it’s not clever. Reprimand over, it’s still pretty good track.
The aptly titled ‘History Of Modern’, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark’s first release in fourteen years, is a must-have for fans of the iconic synth-pop foursome. The fifty-eight minute runtime aside, co-founder Andy McCluskey reckons the album is OMD’s finest hour since ‘Architecture And Morality’. While songs ‘Bondage Of Fate’, ‘If You Want It’ and ‘Sometimes’ present a classic vibe, standalone track ‘Pulse’ is equally akin to the electronic sound of today.
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. Andy McCluskey’s ageless croon still conjures ghosts in the synth-pop machinery, as vintage mellotrons weep quasi-operatic tears.