Picks and Pans Review: Architecture & Morality

updated 03/22/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/22/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

As creators of wondrous sounds, the British synthesizer duo of Paul Humphreys and Andrew McCluskey (augmented here by three extra hands) could give the German techno-rockers Kraftwerk a run for their microchips. But, as OMD demonstrated last year with their dance club hit Enola Gay, they like to send their esoterica marching to a disco beat, which can get awfully boring after a while. Yet when OMD drop the thump-thump beat and deploy all their considerable aural resources—as they do in the middle of the title cut—you begin to see how much more successful this album could have been.

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