OMD* ‎– History Of Modern

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New Babies; New Toys 3:51
If You Want It 4:44
History Of Modern (Part I) 4:40
History Of Modern (Part II) 4:12
Sometimes 3:45
RFWK 3:46
New Holy Ground 3:41
The Future, The Past, And Forever After 4:51
Sister Marie Says 4:00
Pulse 3:43
Green 4:16
Bondage Of Fate 4:06
The Right Side? 8:20

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BNL001CD OMD* History Of Modern(CD, Album) 100% Records (2), bluenoise, Starwatch Entertainment BNL001CD UK 2010 Sell This Version
none OMD* History Of Modern(13xFile, MP3, Album, 320) bluenoise none UK 2010
BRA1-2376 OMD* History Of Modern(2xLP, Album) Bright Antenna, bluenoise BRA1-2376 US 2010 Sell This Version
BNL001LP OMD* History Of Modern(2xLP, Album + CD, Album) 100% Records (2), bluenoise BNL001LP UK 2010 Sell This Version
DGR1819 OMD* History Of Modern(CD, Album) bluenoise, David Gresham Records DGR1819 South Africa 2010 Sell This Version
SICP 2849 OMD* History Of Modern(CD, Album) bluenoise SICP 2849 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
BRA2-2376 OMD* History Of Modern(CD, Album) Bright Antenna, bluenoise BRA2-2376 US 2010 Sell This Version
100BX7 OMD* History Of Modern(CD, Album + 2xLP, Album + CD + DVD + Box, Ltd) bluenoise, 100% Records (2) 100BX7 Europe 2010 Sell This Version
LOVECD92 OMD* History Of Modern(CD, Album + DVD-V + Dig) Love Da Records LOVECD92 Asia 2010 Sell This Version
BNL001CDX OMD* History Of Modern(CD, Album + DVD-V, Ltd) 100% Records (2), Bluenoise BNL001CDX UK 2010 Sell This Version
3229822 OMD* History Of Modern(CD, Album, Dig) Discograph, bluenoise 3229822 France 2010 Sell This Version
BNL001P OMD* History Of Modern(CD, Album, Promo) 100% Records (2), bluenoise BNL001P UK 2010 Sell This Version
BNL001P OMD* History Of Modern(CD, Album, Promo) bluenoise BNL001P Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 2010 Sell This Version
6105425, none OMD* History Of Modern(CD, Album, Promo, Car) Discograph, bluenoise 6105425, none France 2010 Sell This Version
CDUN25B OMD* History Of Modern(CD, Album, RP + DVD-V + CD + Ltd) Undo Records CDUN25B Greece 2010 Sell This Version
BRA2-2376 OMD* History Of Modern(CD, Album, Unofficial) Bright Antenna (2), bluenoise (2) BRA2-2376 Russia 2010 Sell This Version
none OMD* History Of Modern(CDr, Album, Promo) Bright Antenna none US 2010 Sell This Version
none OMD* History Of Modern(CDr, Album, Promo) 100% Records (2) none UK 2010 Sell This Version

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Ramzy

Ramzy

September 18, 2010
referencing History Of Modern, 2xLP, Album + CD, Album, BNL001LP

An embattled record, History of Modern contains flashes of excellence, but spends a lot of time at war with itself, often seemingly on the verge of self-sabotage. Chief among the culprits are the awkward, indulgent AOR of the first single 'If You Want It' and the wildly embarrassing 'Pulse', whose borderline-disgusting R&B-lite stylings make it undoubtedly the worst thing OMD have ever recorded. The remainder of the album, while not always perfect, is not only miles ahead of these two but also fairly stylistically and lyrically consistent, so it's totally bewildering that they're on at all given History of Modern's more-than-adequate length. So what of the good bits? As a meditation on OMD's present situation, it's actually pretty moving; songs such as 'Sometimes' and 'RFWK' explore the condition of middle-age, both personal and professional, while the two title tracks and 'The Future, The Past, And Forever After' consider the ageing of the New Wave itself. This isn't Adorno, but the album deserves a mention alongside other more fully-formed works of reflection on this subject, such as 'These Are the Days' by The Human League, 'This Used to Be the Future' by the Pet Shop Boys, or the entire Saint Etienne oeuvre. To some extent, the album's flawed nature only makes this particular analysis more compelling; like the second Electronic album, its gauche eccentricities actually serve to illustrate the points made by its more coherent elements. 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. Hopefully, now that they've cleared their heads, they'll be able to move on - both from the professional insecurities and from the ghost of their own history. Until these are shaken off, OMD are unlikely to make another truly great album, and their memory deserves better.