Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - The Pacific Age - Vinyl LP on A&M Records

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – The Pacific Age – Vinyl LP on A&M Records

 

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – The Pacific Age – Vinyl Album

 
Brand new, never played and still sealed in the factory plastic seal with cut in jacket
A&M / Virgin Records 1986

The Pacific Age is the last OMD album to feature founding member Paul Humphreys (although The Best of OMD does collect a pair of subsequent singles). With producer Stephen Hague returning and guests Graham and Martin Weir elevated to full-time members, OMD aggressively targets the American pop market cultivated with Crush and the Top Ten single “If You Leave.” With the Weir’s horns and a trio of female backing vocalists, the music on The Pacific Age sounds larger than life (the opening “Stay” in particular), a trait common to popular music in the mid-’80s. The added production value and better material represent an improvement over Crush, despite the opinion of some that The Pacific Age is a bland sellout. It’s true that tracks like “(Forever) Live and Die,” “Shame,” and “Goddess of Love” are more style than substance, but it’s a style that plays to OMD’s mastery of melody and mood. The album follows the familiar trend of alternating tracks sung by Andy McCluskey and Humphreys, which effectively shifts the mood from energetic to understated often enough that the material feels fresher than it might otherwise. On the quieter tracks — “Dead Girls” and “The Pacific Age” — the ghost of their earlier work reappears. The band also continues to string snippets of sound together to create interesting patterns; nothing on here is as jarring as the experimental Dazzle Ships, and tapping into Martin Luther King’s legacy on “Southern” might be overreaching the limited range of pop, but the band does bring their technical skill to bear on a few cuts.

Track Listing
Stay (The Black Rose and the Universal Wheel)
(Forever) Live and Die
The Pacific Age
The Dead Girls
Shame
Southern
Flame of Hope
Goddess of Love
We Love You
Watch Us Fall

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