It hasn't been 1983 for a few years now, but to listen to English Electric, OMD's 12th studio album, it might as well be. Since I first saw Molly Ringwald make her way through a roomful of mean richies in her pink prom dress to the strains of "If You Leave," I have found it impossible not to love their teenagers-at-a-slumber-party take on new wave. I'm not sure that they've gotten better in the past 30 years, but they certainly haven't gotten worse. And it's possible the themes are a bit more mature, though not as mature as the performers; Paul Humphreys and Andy McCluskey are 53 now. Happily, fashion once again values—and apes—their particular sound, and the songs are just as good for making out as they ever were. "Metroland" and "Night Café" particularly encapsulate that ineffable ache that's just as pervasive as the pleasure of their shiny synthpop. REBECCA WILSON
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