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OMD: History of Modern

OMD's triumphant return to form with their first studio album in 14 years

by Evan Orensten in Culture on 26 August 2010

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With a string of live shows, mashups and reissues priming their return, OMD will release their first studio album in 14 years, History of Modern, this September. Reuniting in the recording studio after more than two decades, the original lineup—Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphreys, Malcolm Holmes and Martin Cooper—hit a new creative stride with the album while also harkening back to the crackling brilliance of their early singles.

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OMD's electronic pop beats sit at the core of the thirteen tracks, in the droning synths of "New Babies: New Toys," the crystalline rush of "Sister Mary Says," and the eerie soundscape of "New Holy Ground." The soulful Aretha Franklin mashup "Save Me" (an American bonus track) gets our bodies moving. Legendary designer Peter Saville, who created many of OMD's celebrated album covers is also part of the new release, contributing a vivid cover that riffs off of his earlier album designs.

"History of Modern" drops 20 September in the U.K. and 28 September in the U.S. Preorder your copy on iTunes or Amazon or go all-out and reserve the limited-edition box set with an exclusive t-shirt on OMD's store. Check OMD's site for upcoming shows and other details.

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