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5.0 out of 5 stars
Travelouge- by The Human Leauge., 6 Jun 2011
By 1980 The Human Leauge (still consisting of Oakey/Marsh/Ware), had decided to forget about the distasters of the year before and think about new possibilties. 'Travelouge' is a prime example of the late MK1 Human Leauge, not as poppy as 'Dare', but not as grim and forboding as 'Reproduction'. However 'Travelouge' has that wonderful spark of creativity that all early Human Leauge tracks had, (even Dare). Travelouge does contain a lot of covers, like 'Gordon's Gin', 'Only After Dark', and, on the extra tracks 'Rock'n'Roll/Nightclubbing'. Aside this, there is a brilliant stereo remix of 'Being Boiled' (included on the Holiday '80 EP). 'Being Boiled' may be the Leauge's original signature song from two years earlier, but this final version beats them all in being the most modern, dark sounding version with a violent, thumping clap beat and loud, accentuated synths over the top. Other tracks include 'Toyota City', an ambient, oscilating track, the strange 'Crow and a Baby', which I don't think I will ever know the meaning of, and the haunting and brilliant 'W.X.J.L Tonight', along with the equally brilliant'The Black Hit Of Space'. All these tracks (plus the extras), make up a creative and very listenable album which has some real quality. The extra tracks include the slightly scary 'Tom Baker', (originally a single), and the more conventional 'I Don't Depend On You'/'Cruel', which was a single realeased under the name of 'The Men'. 'Dancevision', oddly, is included, which is one of the many demonstration tracks by Ian Craig-Marsh and Martin as The Future back in 1977. ('Dancevision' is also included on the 'Golden Hour Of The Future' EP). Overall, 'Travelouge' is a excellent listen that really emphasises the MK1 Human Leauge in all their glory (as Travelouge took them into the charts). If you are a fan of early synth music as well, (Gary Numan/Carbaret Voiltare), then I strongly reccomend this album.