When it was released 1st time around, Dare was a huge seller, the album that made The Human League. The pity is they never followed it up with anything of note. The occasional Pop classic like Mirror Man, or Fascination, but too often bland music that never really caught the imagination. Not here though, track after track, the League stomp out a pop classic, one that in its first incarnation sold over 6 million copies, spawned a classic number one in the UK with Dont You Want Me, and generally wrote this band from Sheffield into the vaults of history. Twenty one years later this music does sound a little empty and dated, but thats fine with me. I like my music to have that lived in feeling. It opens with "The Things That Dreams Are Made Of" which opens with a thumping beat, tearing synths and Oakey spouting his usual lyrical guff. "Takes time to see the wonders of the world" he says, by the end of this track you feel you just have. Open your heart, Love Action, Sound of the Crowd were all UK singles and are great tracks in themselves. Do or Die was good enough to be a single, just proving what a great pop album it was in its day. Seconds is a wonderful song, I am the Law haunts you as does its preceding track Get Carter. Top Drawer stuff from one of the leaders of the early eighties.
The Love and Dancing addition is really just a remix/instrumental album, not really of great note compared to Dare, but nice to listen to once in a while. This album belongs in any collection, even if its just for the opening track!