Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Architecture & Morality (blue cover) 12" Vinyl 9 Dindisc DID12 [none]
Architecture & Morality (yellow die cut sleeve) 12" Vinyl 9 Dindisc DID 12 [none]
Architecture & Morality CD 9 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) CDID12 [none]
Architecture & Morality (blue die cut sleeve) 12" Vinyl 9 Dindisc DID12 [none]
Architecture & Morality 12" Vinyl 9 Epic ARE 37721 074643772112
Architecture & Morality (made in West Germany) CD 9 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) CDID12 5012981121129
Architecture & Morality CD 9 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) CDID12
Architecture & Morality CD 9 Virgin America (Virgin sublabel for EUROPEAN releases of artists signed by Virgin Records America, Inc.) 7243 8 39795 2 3 724383979523
Architecture & Morality (remastered, no extra tracks, blue cover) CD 9 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) CDIDX 12 724383979523
Architecture & Morality Digital Media 16 EMI Marketing 0724358150759
Architecture & Morality CD 16 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) DIDCDR12 724358150728
Architecture & Morality CD 16 Virgin Records America (DO NOT USE! please refer to either “Virgin” or “Virgin America”) 72435-82750-2-5 724358275025
Architecture & Morality CD + DVD-Video 16 + 17 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) DIDCDRX 12 094638907527

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Joan of Arc by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Maid of Orleans by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Souvenir by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
live performances: Architecture & Morality & More by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Architecture & Morality / Dazzle Ships – Live at the Royal Albert Hall by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/30428 [info]
Wikidata: Q776503 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Architecture & Morality [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/orchestral-manoeuvres-in-the-dark/architecture-and-morality/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/nb8c [info]

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After a delay in 2006, New Romantics old and new can enjoy the highly anticipated release of OMD's Architecture and Morality, remastered and enhanced with DVD footage.

This third album from the bruised nucleus of bassist/singer Andy McCluskey and keyboardist/electronics enthusiast Paul Humphreys is often regarded as their seminal work, not least because it achieved critical and commercial success: over three million sales and several top 10 hits. Its predecessor, Organisation, for all its sonic ambition, was overly challenging; and its follow-up Dazzle Ships lacked as many memorable songs.

As the reformed group prepares to tour the UK in May (2007), there is no better time to reconsider their contemplative, surreal and at times rather austere soundscapes, reminiscent of early 80s contemporaries including Tears for Fears, Depeche Mode, The Human League and The Cure.

Crucially, despite similar penchants for stark and portentous drum pads, sparse chiming keys and historical references in their lovelorn lyrics, OMD never achieved the same level of recognition, either here or aboard. Similarly their lineage to Bloc Party and the like goes unnoticed.

Considering that OMD had been long-time collaborators in the late-70s working as VCL XI on 'digital echoes' of Kraftwerk and Eno (employing tape collages, home-made kit-built synthesisers, and circuit-bent radios) they certainly possessed the requisite vision and creative compulsion. So a second coming of the album is important.

Highlights include the winsome songwriting of Souvenir and She's Leaving plus the meditative instrumentals Architecture & Morality and Sealand. The bonus tracks are by no means fillers either, as Sacred Heart illustrates.

For a band whose music is best enjoyed, as their name suggests, in the invisible shadows, an accompanying DVD is something of a liability. Indeed, upon cursory viewing it serves little purpose except to exhibit dodgy clothing, even dodgier dancing (witness McCluskey during their 1982 Drury Lane performance of Julia's Song) and cringe-worthy miming/posturing in the music videos. Still, all the hits are impeccably performed live and 80s nostalgia junkies will be satisfied.

On the whole, OMD deserve respect and adoration for their contribution to British pop music.