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The Human League
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!

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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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,774 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  2. Night People 5:31£0.59  Buy MP3 
  3. Sky 5:08£0.59  Buy MP3 
  4. Into The Night 3:45£0.59  Buy MP3 
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  6. Single Minded 3:51£0.59  Buy MP3 
  7. Electric Shock 4:55£0.59  Buy MP3 
  8. Get Together 3:47£0.59  Buy MP3 
  9. Privilege 3:40£0.59  Buy MP3 
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11. When The Stars Start To Shine 3:48£0.59  Buy MP3 

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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.

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill HALL OF FAMETOP 10 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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By Antony May TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 May 2014
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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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Drew Mar on 21 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
Well after the huge wait from 2001's wonderful 'Secrets'. The same cannot be said for this awful mess called 'Credo'. What was the idea here. Let's go out and make a bland and uninspiring album for a change. Well that certainly seems to be the result here.

Of the 11 tracks here only 3 of them are on a par with any of the group's previous album and single material. The tracks funnily enough are listed in chronological order from 1-3 on the album. It's like the group knew this too.
The good tracks are 1. Never Let Me Go 2. Night People 3. Sky. After that you are advised to stop wasting your time and money. Believe you me I have tried to like the album... but compared to previous works it is absolutely DIRE, BLAND, UNMELODIC and BORING. Three good songs out of 11 do not make a good album. I've loved all the groups previous works since DARE. This is so bad that I've given ratings for all the groups albums prior to this.

DARE 10/10
CRASH 7/10
CREDO 3/10
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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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