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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

  • Junk Culture [A&M, 1984] B
  • The Best of OMD [A&M, 1988] B+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Junk Culture [A&M, 1984]
Now that they've come down a little I can take their sad tales of hard days seriously. Even on "Junk Culture" proper, which stirs up memories of their direct atmospherics, they do their best to cheese things up, and elsewhere hurdy-gurdy synths and android girlies emitting no-no-nos do right by the title, a title anybody who once dubbed an album Architecture and Morality had damn well better earn. B

The Best of OMD [A&M, 1988]
Oh so functionally, it renders Junk Culture obsolete by relieving it of "Tesla Girls," technocratic dance-kitsch as amusing as "Electricity" and "Enola Gay," and "Talking Loud and Clear," their cutest and catchiest romantic medium-tempo--though the many others here included will certainly entertain the hookily inclined. B+

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Everything Rocks and Nothing Ever Dies [1990s]