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on 9 August 2016
Good to see HL can still produce after the main event
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on 1 October 2014
'Hysteria' is the result of leftover material and re-workings, of a multitude of studio rejections, cuts and other material that didn't make it on to they're previous classic album of "Dare." It clearly shows that, with the quality of the songs up and down throughout the album leading to an ultimately uneven endeavor. Overall, taking account of the great performers and the more questionable throwaways, it seems only reasonable to reach the conclusion that "Hysteria" is a very, very average album.

On a more positive aspect, (and there are a few), is the excellent trio of 'The Lebanon, louise and Don't you know I want you'; and had much of the mediocre chaff elsewhere, like 'Rock me (x6) and Life On You're Own' were axed, the album as the EP would have been met with a much better reception I'm sure. I most definitely disagree that this is an underrated album, the songs are not there, 'The Lebanon' is the only real classic that could sit anywhere alongside the material of "Dare'

This CD does showcase some competency and merit here and there, but in my opinion ranks one of the league's weakest albums and would probably only be of extensive value to the more committed fans of the band.
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on 12 October 2009
Amazon.com and Discogs both list this as a remaster with extra tracks, whilst here on the UK site it is simply called a reissue. Having heard the album and bonuses through headphones it is reasonably mastered, but nowhere in the sleeve notes or disc does it state it's a remaster (and I've yet to see a remaster that doesn't credit the engineer or studio involved). Just something to bear in mind....

The album itself is fairly sparse, yet attempts to be poppier than most of its predecessor, "Dare". The production works well on most tracks though, as you realise the girls' contributions were greater on this release, aside from the revamp of "I Love You Too Much" (which isn't a patch on the Rushent original).

This reissue has slightly sloppy typos against the credits (not on the original vinyl/cassette release) such as Susanne Sullley, and also omits to mention Phil Oakey was in the band line-up atall!

The bonuses are worth hunting this down for though, particularly "The Sign" remix, which sounds vaguely "Fascination" in places, and the b-sides.
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on 12 October 2016
Good album
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on 19 August 2001
I suppose it was impossible for them to follow-up something as brilliant as 'Dare!'(their 1st four releases are awesome!). They had released the excellent singles, 'Mirror Man' & '(Keep Feeling)Fascination'- but the abscence of Martin Rushent (who went off to work on The Associates 'Perhaps')was too obvious...The songs are pale re-treads of 'Dare!'- 'I'm Coming Back', an anemic 'These are the things...'. 'I Love you too Much' stands-out- there is something missing. An emptiness is present...The James Brown cover would have made an OK b-side, here it is filler. 'The Lebanon', despite its oft-quoted crap lyric, blends Siouxsie & Banshees/Magazine (o.k., John McGeoch!)guitars with an ace pop song. (Let's just say 1984 had other pop-classics with **** lyrics- Depeche Mode's 'People are People' & Culture Club's 'War Song' (which was awful in other ways, too))...'The Sign' & 'Betrayed' are just imitations of 'Do or Die' & 'I am the Law'. 'Life on Your Own' was quite good, not really a single though. Especially when released in June with the lyric 'Winter is approaching/there's snow up on the ground'!...'Louise' remains quite charming, mainly for my memories of Joanne in the video & recent tracks by Laptop & Magnetic Fields in a similar style...A very patchy record, the Moroder/Oakey collaboration was better. 'Crash!' was a Jam/Lewis album, starring Human League (with writer's block). Far too slick, though 'Human' was good- a definite influence on the teutonic soul of Destiny's Child...'Romantic?' & 'Octopus' were patchy, the latter better than this. '1st Man in Space' & 'Secrets' reveal a suprising return to form.Proving the League are more than a Proustian exercise for the nostalgia crowd...You're probably better off with 'Greatest Hits', which contain the best tracks here!
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on 25 December 2012
Back to form, not as good as Dare (what would be) if you like the league, you will like this. I now have this on CD, as well as vinyl.
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on 27 February 2010
How quickly the end came for the League. The brilliance and genius of the first three albums were all but obliterated by every L.P. that followed.
Singles a-side (and there were some great tunes) the albums after Dare were simply people stumbling around in the electronic dark. Pop had become the aim of the day but the mark was missed far more times than was hit. Hysteria was a dreadful mess of bits and pieces. Nothing shone apart from the singles The Lebanon, and even the lame life On My Own and Louise. But all the rest were dreadful, pointless jams that should've never left the bedroom, let alone the studio. The funk that the League were experimenting with was just gross especially as they had previously, a few years earlier, called for the band Funkapolitan to be put against the wall and shot when the revolution came. The funk should have been left to Heaven 17 who really understood it. Oakey's voice became a slug that slid around without meaning, the girls backing vocals became flimsier than we already knew them to be, and the lyrics joined this decay. Basically they were in free-fall, the proof of which showed in the Oakey/Moroder release and the unltimate League car-crash Crash!
It's a terrible thing to see a band you've loved and adored disintergrate before your very eyes and ears but this was what Hysteria was showing us. This was the death-knell, the following albums were just the proof.

The Human League was dead. God save The Human League!
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on 26 January 2013
...and so 'Louise,remember me!'..Yeah nice one from Phil and partners!! Post Eye-Liner and blush, More long hair and un-shaven..better than that ridiculous July 1981 Hair-do.
Now err, 'Not much hair left these days Phil!' Hairspray! out the window!!
Buy this!!
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