The third album since Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’s comeback with History of Modern in 2010 finds the duo of Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys revert to their earliest Kraftwerk-influenced sound on The Punishment of Luxury.
While the album opens up with the two melodic singles viz. the title track and “Isotype”, there are moments of experimentation in “Art Eats Art”, “Precision and Decay” and “La Mitrailleuse”.
The album closes with the soft tones of two ballads “Ghost Star” and “The View From Here” – and suitably wraps up a fairly eclectic showing for the duo’s thirteenth studio album.
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