Monday, June 16, 2008

OMD live reunion DVD review

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Architecture & Morality and More
(Eagle Rock Entertainment)

One of the strongest OMD albums, 1981’s Architecture & Morality found the Liverpool duo expanding upon their early electronic music influences and delving into new sonic terrain. This concert DVD was shot in May 2007 at London’s Hammersmith Apollo during OMD’s reunion tour. A full multimedia experience, the 95-minute set featured a complete Morality, followed by a dozen exciting UK hits (“Tesla Girls,” “Locomotion,” “If You Leave,” “Electricity, “Forever Live and Die”).

No-frills lighting and unobtrusive camera work make the concert seem like it took place decades ago. Frontman Andy McCluskey and keyboardist Paul Humphries are both in fine vocal form (McCluskey even dances around). Despite no DVD audio options, the sound is good. Band and director interviews, plus onstage films are also included. A companion live CD is available separately.

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