After their reactivation with "History Of Modern" from 2010, Orchestral Manoevres In The Dark alias OMD consciously and predictably set to their classic 80s synth pop sound, which they once brought to the point with their cult album "Architecture & Morality". One can hardly expect innovation from the former pop avant-garde group. But there is a lot of light in the nostalgic, thank God but not too narrow retro-futurism of this synthesizer fleet. Rarely ("Maid Of Orleans") did OMD perform with the same hymn-like greatness as Ultravox, but they were closest to Kraftwerk's exemplary electro rhythm ("Electricity", "Enola Gay"). No wonder, then, when ex-robot Karl Bartos is represented with a composition credit. So you start with an intro between Jean Michel Jarre and Kraftwerk and the aforementioned "Kissing The Machine" is almost too Düsseldorf sound. "Metroland" or "The Future Will Be Silent" are more machine/ modern than usual. But "Helen Of Troy" and "Dresden" also bring back the typical wavepop. Successful album.
Top Track: Metroland