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The Human League
Credo
Biography 2011

The Human League are so credible it’s incredible. In fact, they’re probably more highly regarded in 2011 than they were in 1981 when they released their landmark album Dare!

They’re used to everyone from Madonna to Moby, Pet Shop Boys to Robbie Williams, citing them as an influence. Now the dubstep generation – ... Read more in Amazon's Human League Store

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  • Audio CD (21 Mar 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Wall of Sound
  • ASIN: B004EPXK7C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,824 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Credo is part of a particular pop lineage that goes from Bowie, Roxy and Kraftwerk to Donna Summer, Chic and Michael Jackson to Lady Gaga, Usher and Girls Aloud.

Supremely infectious chart pop music with a twist of subversion. Credo manages to makes itself heard above the brashest state of the art pop productions and brings some of that primitive essence to the milieu, as well as The Human League s unique quality of apartness.

BBC Review

With OMD’s re-emergence and renewed interest in Sheffield compatriots Heaven 17, the timing seems right for a new album from The Human League. Lead singer Philip Oakey’s been relatively busy, dueting on both Pet Shop Boys’ This Used to Be the Future and with Little Boots in 2009. So, having only done short tours since 2001’s criminally overlooked Secrets, what does the band David Bowie described as "the sound of the future" sound like today; in the future, essentially?

Apparently little has changed: a characteristically manifesto-like title, nocturnal themes (Into the Night, Sky, Night People) and Oakey exchanging call/response vocals with Susan Sulley and Joanne Catherall across the throbbing crunch of electronics. They swing between Being Boiled and Heart Like a Wheel within every song, while seldom matching those heights.

But even latter-day League albums produced a stand-out track, a trend continued here with Never Let Me Go: a pop song The Saturdays would be proud of. Oakey's voice bubbling beneath Sulley’s lead vocal will wrongfoot fans expecting a return to the League’s earlier sound. It’s part of a strong opening trio: as pioneers of the remix album (check out 1982’s Love and Dancing), the crisp, vaguely acid synth line of Night People is cries out for an instrumental. But things soon wobble. Oakey provoked the dreaded Marmite phrase before it was coined, but he’s never so thoroughly explored the fine line between droll and dour.

The future apparently annoys him; Breaking the Chains has a light touch, but Privilege is like listening to a cabbie supporting the losing team, while on Get Together, Oakey just sounds miserable. Nonetheless, elsewhere it’s hard not to see a wry smile behind the wisdom of "keep your cornflakes in the freezer".

Their avoidance of guitars, drums or strings is admirable, although Single Minded uses machines to write a song only to discover they’re not plugged in. It’s a track that will send detractors of electronica into spasms of told-you-so satisfaction.

At times Credo sounds like The Human League of today trying to be The Human League of the past, which makes for uncomfortable listening. That said, it’s probably still better than it has any right to be, given the time between the group’s hits and their missing out on chart positions nowadays. They remain more influential than influenced, but this album adds little to their reputation. Although 10 years old itself, Secrets is a far stronger starting point for anyone interested in the 21st century phase of this classic band’s career.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Mason TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Oct 2014
Format: Audio CD
I'm a long term fan of Human League, but, unfortunately, this album is a bit of a mixed bag.
Phil Oakey duets with the girls on Never Let Me Go, a reasonable pop song, with a very waspy sounding synth bass. Phil's vocals are distorted with effects, while Suzanne and Joanne dominate the chorus. It improves with a catchy sequence for the bridge. Think of this song as harking back to Don't You Want Me, but not quite as good.
Night People is more hi-tempo, with quite a repetitive chorus line, but is a bit uninspired. Sky is a bit more laid back, with dreamy synth chords, a much better vocal from Phil, and a nice chorus from the ladies. They sing "Life Goes On After Sky", I'm surprised that a clever advertising agent hasn't yet managed to work this catchy song into an advert for Sky TV. Into The Night is a melancholy ballad, a bit reminiscent of Soft Cell's Bedsitter, in spirit if not execution.
Egomaniac is similar to the aforementioned Night People, Phil hitting the low notes again, it's a bit synth pop by numbers and flat. Single Minded is better, with a very nice, bouncy chorus. Electric Shock is quite catchy, with the girls more in the background this time, and a decent lead-line synth.
There's nothing outstanding or new here. Phil Oakey, as always, has a solid, very masculine voice, nicely complimented by the two female backing vocalists. The synth bass sound is very 80's, the sort of thing you'd hear from Depeche Mode, Thomas Dolby and Ultravox. What the album sorely lacks is one or two killer tracks. There's no moving ballad like Louise. There's nothing showing creative flair like The Sound Of The Crowd. There's nothing anthemic like The Lebanon. There's no stand out dance-floor filler like Tell Me When or Don't You Want Me.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richie77777 on 11 Sep 2011
Format: Audio CD
(Please note that the order of songs is not strictly true in my review).

1. Night People : Yeh its quite an upbeat number with great synths,(there's a good synth towards the end of the song), true to form for the HL. I like it. Perhaps like a lot of songs from this new album I've no idea what the lyrics are about; yet I enjoy the song.

2. Sky : This is one of my favourite songs from the entire album.
"I told her my name, I asked her the same. She said they call me Sky. Said she's in danger, maybe a stranger might know a place nearby. And she talked and she smiled little more than a child. And the cares of my life went away on that day. In that room coming out of the gloom and the gift that she gave followed me to the grave from now on."
And there's a nice hook line : "Life goes on after Sky."
I also like how the song moves from the instrumental in the end part of the song.

3. Into The Night : This seems to be a dreamy song, happily ambling along in its own world. Its good : a good, solid beat.

4. Egomanic : There's some nice little keyboard ryths at the start of the verse but I feel this song doesn't really go anywhere.

5. Single Minded : On the one hand this is quite a repetitive number but on the other hand I quite like the verse and how it goes into the chorus. "A little joy, a little pain. A little love to keep you sain. The only plan since time began."
"Give me a kiss and walk away. Single minded in every way."
"You can sit and dream about the value of your independance. You can shout and scream all day about what is and isn't fair."

6. Electric Shock : I love the start of this song. One big no no - it sounds very similiar to all that has gone before!
"The static hits, burning up and down my thigh.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Wilson on 24 Mar 2011
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Think Hysteria after Dare, and now Credo after Secrets (or even Octopus, as that was a cracker too). Oddly the sparseness of a lot of the arrangements here is also reminiscent of some tracks on Hysteria, and that's the problem as this album is from 2011! I am a huge League fan, whether Travelogue (my all-time fave), Dare (the ultimate 80s electro) or Octopus/Secrets (both very welcome). As such I was waiting for this album like all fans, and was delighted when they signed to Wall Of Sound.

First impressions are not that good, as we get fairly awful packaging and some very uninspiring artwork (only Joanne comes through it reasonably favourably). You've probably never seen a slimmer fold-out digi, which will scratch the CD within days. Why no sturdy jewel case option?

Onto the music itself - there are some half-decent tracks here, and it generally flows well, but why oh why did I Monster crank Phil's vocal so high in the mix on every track (bar Never Let Me Go)? I have listened to the album 4 times now, once on headphones, and the clarity/volume of his vocal against some very sparse backing tracks often grates, when it should be a plus. If he'd produced these himself as demos I could understand, but the producers have introduced the beginnings of a fresh, sophisticated sound, only to spoil this with the vocal balancing.

The songs themeslves vary from reasonable to mildly embarassing, highlights being Never Let Me Go (oddly), Night People (it sits much better on the album, trust me), Sky (which I love, a bit like Louise Part 2), Egomaniac (rather topical at this time, unfortunately, but nicely energised) and the completely OTT When The Stars Start To Shine. This closer is great, fun, whimsical and refreshingly different from the rest of the album....
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