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It's just too good to be this misunderstood!
on 25 August 2002
An exciting, supremely catchy electro-pop album, with rich textures of analogue sounds that allow it to withstand the scrutiny of repeated listening (and if this electro thing is at all your bag, expect many, many repeat listens!).
On Secrets, The Human League are back on best songwriting form, with lyrics that range from intelligent melodrama to surreal daftness, all showcased by producers (TOY) who pull off the difficult trick of making the songs sound fun and cool at the same time. All I Ever Wanted, Love Me Madly, Shameless and You'll Be Sorry are in the same league (sorry!) as their early 80s smashes, stealing just a hint of Mirwais and Daft Punk (who they influenced anyway) and blending it with their trademark sound. Even the weakest tracks (Liar, Never Give Your Heart) are actually pretty enjoyable and sound like singles - an indication of the consistent quality of this album. The League have only pulled off this trick once before, on the acclaimed Dare.
OK, so it lacks a cheesy mega-hit like Tell Me When to lure you in, but this one works much better as an album. It's failure to seriously dent the charts was one of 2001's biggest pop shames.
But it does mean that if you are one of the few who have this album, you'll be in on a delightful (ahem) Secret.
Magnificent, and sadly misunderstood.