OMD (Architecture & Morality)

Official Album Cover

The Album

OMD (Architecture & Morality) is the third studio album by OMD and was released on 6 November 1981. The album was inspired by religious music, and they used the Mellotron keyboard for the first time. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) has long been regarded as one of the pioneering bands in the synth-pop genre, and their third studio album, “Architecture and Morality,” stands as a testament to their innovative musical prowess. Released in 1981, this iconic album marked a significant evolution in OMD’s sound, incorporating complex arrangements, thought-provoking lyrics, and a distinctive blend of electronic and orchestral elements. Let’s delve into the depths of “Architecture and Morality” and unravel the magic that continues to captivate listeners even decades later.

The album’s title was derived from the book of the same name by David Watkin. Peter Saville and Brett Wickens did the artwork. The album reached number three on the UK Charts. “Architecture and Morality” marked a departure from OMD’s earlier, more minimalistic synth-pop style. The album’s sound is characterized by lush orchestration, intricate melodies, and a sophisticated use of synthesizers. The addition of orchestral instruments, including strings and horns, contributed to a richer and more expansive sonic palette. This departure showcased the band’s willingness to experiment and push the boundaries of electronic music, setting them apart from their contemporaries.

The Morning News described the album as

 “the greatest of 1981, and “the blueprint for synth-pop”

Initially, the album got off to a slow start but eventually sold over 4 million copies. It reached number three on the UK Album Charts. “Souvenir”: One of the album’s standout tracks, “Souvenir,” is a synth-pop gem that features catchy hooks and Andy McCluskey’s emotive vocals. The song’s lyrical content reflects on the transient nature of memories and the passage of time. “Joan of Arc”: A masterpiece in its own right, “Joan of Arc” tells the story of the legendary French heroine with a combination of historical references and poetic lyrics. The song’s driving rhythm, soaring melodies, and captivating orchestration make it a timeless classic.

Conclusion

“Architecture and Morality” is often regarded as OMD’s magnum opus and has left an indelible mark on the music industry. Its innovative sound and thematic depth have influenced subsequent generations of musicians, contributing to the evolution of electronic and synth-pop genres. The album’s enduring appeal lies in its ability to seamlessly blend complex musical arrangements with profound lyrical content, creating a timeless listening experience for fans old and new.

“Architecture and Morality” stands as a testament to OMD’s artistic vision and its willingness to explore new musical frontiers. The album’s fusion of electronic and orchestral elements, coupled with its thought-provoking themes, cements its status as a landmark in the history of synth-pop. Decades after its release, the album continues to captivate audiences, reaffirming its place as a masterpiece in the pantheon of electronic music.

Track Listing

  1. The New Stone Age
  2. She’s Leaving
  3. Souvenir
  4. Sealand
  5. Joan of Arc
  6. Joan Of Arc (Maid Of Orleans)
  7. Architecture and Morality
  8. Georgia
  9. The Beginning and the End

Maid Of Orleans

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Lyrics

If Joan of Arc
Had a heart
Would she give it as a gift?

To such as me
Who longs to see
How an angel ought to be

Her dream’s to give
Her heart away
Like an orphan on a wave

She cared so much
She offered up
Her body to the grave

Souvenir

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Lyrics

Chills

New York back in August
10th floor balcony
Smoke is floating over
Jane and Greenwich street

Goosebumps from your wild eyes
When they’re watching me
Shivers dance down my spine
Head down to my feet

Swimming in your eyes, in your eyes
In your eyes, Egyptian blue
Something I’ve never had without you

You’re giving me chills at a hundred degrees
It’s better than pills how you put me to sleep
Calling your name, the only language I can speak
Taking my breath, a souvenir that you can keep
Giving me chills (chills)

Sunset tower lobby, waiting there for me
In the elevator, fumble for your key
Kissed in every corner, Presidential Suite
Opened a Bordeaux from 1993

Swimming in your eyes, in your eyes
In your eyes, Egyptian blue
Something I’ve never had without you

You’re giving me chills at a hundred degrees
It’s better than pills how you put me to sleep
Calling your name, the only language I can speak
Taking my breath, a souvenir that you can keep
Giving me chills

Take my, take-take my breath away just like
Take my breath away just like a souvenir
Take my, take-take my breath away just like
Take my breath away just like a souvenir (souvenir, souvenir)

You’re giving me chills at a hundred degrees (a hundred)
It’s better than pills how you put me to sleep
Calling your name, the only language I can speak
Taking my breath, a souvenir that you can keep
Giving me chills

Take my, take-take my breath away just like
Take my breath away just like a souvenir (giving me chills)
Take my, take-take my breath away just like
Take my breath away just like a souvenir

Reference

Architecture & Morality – Wikipedia