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Credo [CD]

Human League Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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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!

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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: 69,868 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By William Mason TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars 'Enjoyable If A Little One Dimensional' 16 May 2014
By Antony May TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
'Credo' is rather more dance floor orientated than any of the League's other albums and perhaps for that reason while a consistently enjoyable listen it lacks light and shade. This said, there isn't a stinker like 'Lets Get Together Again' or most of the abysmal 'Crash' album here and most of the songs include more than one reference to the bands celebrated 'Dare' sound which I quite like. To be honest, there's not much more to say really. Few of the songs make a great deal of an impression lyrically so its hard to really enthuse about how great individual songs are but if you like danceable, electronic thumpers with an 80's pop edge and the sound of our Phil's voice booming out of your speakers backed up by the girls occasional backing refrains then you will love 'Credo'.

All in all, I guess 'Credo' is more an 'interesting addition to the Human League discography' than an album we will remember them for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars did not know it was released! 6 Feb 2014
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Saw the Human League in concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London an they sung song from their latest albums.....I did not know they had a new album!!! In my opinion this is one of the best they have ever done.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Solid Album 24 Mar 2011
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Having seen several reviews in the press recently I was quite worried that this would be THL's last album purely because most people see them as has beens and not musically relevant any more. Personally it's pretty sad that THL are slated simply because they have been around for a such a long time. It doesn't make them automatically naff. Journalists are too busy banging on about Lady Ga Ga, La Roux and Little Boots to take anyone over the age of 30 seriously. Enough said on that score.

Personally I prefer this album to Secrets, but I am probably in the minority.
I don't think Never Let Me Go is the best track to use as a single, but probably the most obvious choice as it's the most poppy. Night People was also a strange choice as it's basically a club tune and not the kind of track that Radio 2 were likely to play on rotation. I say Radio 2 because Radio 1 and other "hip" stations probably refused to play it!

I think Electric Shock would have made a better single to be honest, but that's my opinion. The rest of the album is great and has been put together very well by I-Monster. Sky is a favourite track of mine and very addictive. Breaking the Chains and When The Stars Start to Shine are also very good, the latter reminds me of early Heaven 17.

I would say that the album takes a few listens to really appreciate the quality of the production values. For those willing to persevere you will find the album enjoyable and wanting more.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I found it all a bit repetitive and not really any brilliant tracks for me. Mediocre and I was hoping for somethign a bit more genius.
Published 16 months ago by Belinda Dawn Bryant
5.0 out of 5 stars Words Fail ME!
Credo is the best thing Human League have done in ages and it isn't because it's the first thing they have done in ages. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Paul Bridgeman Swansea
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a Present
I have no way of rating this product as it is a present and therefore is unopened, but I fully expect it to be perfect. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Den A
3.0 out of 5 stars Catchy songs but beware of the jarring lyrics
It's been 10 years since Secrets so was Credo worth the wait? Overall, the answer would have to be 'yes'. Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2012 by Neilo
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Album
This really is a great album, easilly one of their best; and I am a long-standing fan of the band.
Published on 13 April 2012 by Richard Dean
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but enjoyable
It's interesting, reading the other reviews on here, how this album seems to have rubbed quite a few people up the wrong way. Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2011 by The Goose Loose
2.0 out of 5 stars So very disappointed
After much anticipation and being an unabashed Human League fan, I finally got my hands on this CD, put it in the player and within the first minute I was devastated. Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2011 by G. Ferey
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW...WOW...WOW
I bought Credo months ago, but didnt get round to playing it until recently. 1st play I wasnt that impressed and found myself agreeing with some of the 1* reveiws here (alhough... Read more
Published on 23 Oct 2011 by Holden
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected
I wasn`t expecting much,and bought really on a whim,but pleasantly surprised.
Much better than I dared hope. Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2011 by davidcatherine57
5.0 out of 5 stars THL cool on vinyl
WOW, this is the max > Credo on two good old vinyl records and 3 sleeves > it's all I ever wanted (and a bargain too) This really is an asset to my record collection :-)
Published on 1 Oct 2011 by Marcel
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