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Back to the future
on 17 September 2003
This album is like hearing the past and the future at the same time. It is easy to forget just how many hits this band had. And just how little music has actually changed in the last two decades. With electroclash and analogue synth sounds back in vogue, the only thing that separates their earliest material (some of which dates back to the late 70s!) from the likes of Tomcraft are the drum patterns and that famous Baritone.
Most of it actually sounds remarkably modern and fresh, and the influence the Human League have had on dance music today screams from every track. I suddenly realised that some of the tracks like Being Boiled have recently been sampled on big chart hits which adds to the feeling that there is still life in this outfit yet.
More than anything though, Phil and the gang have always known a thing or two about pop. And the best thing about this album is the fact that it is crammed full of proper pop tunes, that don't feel borrowed from anywhere else. Don't You Want Me? may be the tune that defines this band, but it isn't the best track here by a long shot. I would go for Love Action or One Man in My Heart.
You also get a remix cd. It is not essential listening, but a nice bonus. It also shows just how modern the Human League can sound with a 'four on the floor' beat and faster BPMs.
So highly recommended, both for the old lags who were there in the 80s and the dance kids of today who want to know how it all started.