"English Electric" is the twelfth studio album by English synthpop group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD), and their second since the 2006 reformation of the band. Preceded by lead single "Metroland" on 25 March 2013, it was released on 5 April 2013 by 100% Records and peaked at #12 in the United Kingdom, becoming the group's highest-charting record in their home country since 1991's Sugar Tax; the album topped the UK Indie Chart.
English Electric has received generally favourable reviews. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 76, based on 15 reviews.
More than 30 years after their masterpiece, 1981's Architecture & Morality, OMD still possess the ability to craft songs that are shiny and upbeat yet shot through with a streak of melancholia. Chances are they won't write another Souvenir but, in Metroland and Helen of Troy, the duo's 12th album is home to two tracks that evoke their early-80s prime while never sounding anything less than contemporary. The spring-heeled Night Cafe is delightful, too, and, though Andy McCluskey over-emotes at times, English Electric acts as a rejoinder to those who think that synth-pop is best left to the young.
Reviewed by theguardian.com.