Orchestral manoeuvres in the dark* omd - messages (omd greatest hits)


Like 1983’s career-high Dazzle Ships it’s largely a meditation on technology, but whereas back then technology was something new and exciting, now it’s all around us and it’s not enriching our lives in the ways we thought it would. So the title track, all throbbing late-period New Order , casts a weary eye over the prison of consumerism (and, in classic OMD fashion, it has a super catchy synth hook instead of a chorus), and the brilliant ‘ Isotype ’ ties your brain into all kinds of meta-knots by sounding futuristic the way Kraftwerk ’s The Man Machine still sounds futuristic, whilst bemoaning how the internet has reduced all 21 st century thought and communication into simple visuals, memes, emoticons (OMD? OMG!) devoid of nuance. ‘ La Mitrailleuse ’ begins with Andy McCluskey intoning “ BEND YOUR BODY TO THE WILL OF THE MACHINE! ”, something one suspects OMD and their peers would’ve been happy to do back in 1981, only for the machine to be revealed as a gun. And on the slinky ‘ Kiss Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Bang ’, McCluskey, coming on like synthpop’s own Victor Meldrew, finds the modern age isn’t living up to expectations – “ Everything makes me sick…fuck you and your theories .”


Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark* OMD - Messages (OMD Greatest Hits)Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark* OMD - Messages (OMD Greatest Hits)Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark* OMD - Messages (OMD Greatest Hits)Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark* OMD - Messages (OMD Greatest Hits)

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