Music Review: “If You Leave” by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark


If this song was a lamb chop, it would be overdone.

“If You Leave” is the 1986 hit by the autocorrect hating Orchestal Manoeuvres In The Dark.

The later half of the 80s was a weirder time for music. New Wave was getting weird. This song is weird.

This song feels exactly like the bands name: an orchestral manoeuvre in the middle of a dark room. It’s massive sounding, but it’s not very good.

The song is at the same steady pace that I usually like, but somehow this song feels infinitely slower than anything else in its tempo.

That might be because the lead singer, Andy McCluskey, is somewhere between sappy and punky. He sounds like a parody of a ballad singer: bloated, out of breath, desperate.

The orchestral part of this song is decent, but this song is just so…mediocre. It’s trying so hard to be bigger than it is, that it’s falling flat on its face.

Now, the song was pretty much written and recorded in less than a day so it could be shoved into Pretty in Pink. For a song that was created in the length of time it takes me to come up with a font color for this blog, I’ll give it credit.

Is this a song that I would put on a playlist? Not really. If it pops up on the radio, will I listen to it? Sure.

Grade: C