With a set list that combines their most acclaimed album Architecture & Morality in full (albeit with a fresh running order) as well as a selection of their other hits and fan favourites, OMD’s live set should set a benchmark for other bands of a certain… vintage.
Their sole Factory Records release, Electricity, is very indicative of the label’s early days, but its twinkling keys and driving bass still stand out as one of the band’s finest moments. The material from the Architecture & Morality album focuses on a gothic, gloomy synth-driven sound, but Andy McCluskey can land a memorable hook or catchy motif seemingly at will, with hits from Enola Gay to Sailing The Seven Seas indicative of the poppier end of his songwriting.
It goes without saying that McCluskey’s pissed dad dancing fails to impress, but his strong vocals show that OMD are otherwise as good as ever.
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