The demo track "Sister Marie Says" (the upcoming single by the way) was released quite some time before the album release and gave rise to eager discussions about what sound would be present on the forthcoming release. The song heavily resembled the classic "Enola Gay" in its use of an infectious, beat driven main melody, but won many hearts right from the get go. Listening to the finished version of it is even sweeter, as they have updated it into a modern synthpop track, all the while maintaining the eighties elements.
There are a handful of compositions on "History of Modern" that lean towards their early work, like the Kraftwerk tribute "RFWK" or the closing theme "The Right Side?". Also included are pieces that more follow the path of nineties OMD when McCluskey helmed the project on his own and created more polished, commercial pop. The lead-in single "If You Want It" is one of those, but aided by Humphreys in the studio, these tracks have been manipulated and tweaked into superb electropop gems.
OMD are back and it feels refreshing and exciting for the future. As "History of Modern" contains lots of older, re-worked material it is sort of a summary before cleaning the slate and starting something brand new. I can't wait!