Reason #423 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: Organisation

OMD-OrganisationThis is probably the most overlooked and undervalued album in the ‘classic’ early period string of LP’s for OMD. The first album was a little raw and a little naive, and ultimately a slab of very enjoyable synth-pop, not unlike Depeche Mode’s first effort, Speak and Spell. Organisation, their second, is more mature, more creative, more groundbreaking and just an all around better work. This is the album that sounds the most like their major influence, Kraftwerk (even the album title is a homage: look it up!) and that is no bad thing. Their best single, Enola Gay, resides here, as does the magnificent Stanlow. The album is also their moodiest, and most industrial, if you will. A terrific effort.