- SPIN Rating:7 of 10
Label: Bright Antenna
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. Although the uncharacteristically sexed-up "Pulse" seems tailored for today's electro-soul vixens, much of the rest flashes back to electronic dance music's simultaneously hopeful and ominous dawning: "Sister Marie Says" could be "Enola Gayer."