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What I appreciated most about Crash was that the Human League displayed a warm and enjoyable (letting loose, if you will) type of dance or club sound. Of course it sounded "American"--whatever that means; the album was produced here in the U.S. by mega-talented producers Jam & Lewis from FlytTyme Productions ( responsible for contributing to the successes of Janet Jackson, S.O.S. Band, Cherelle, and Alexander O'Neal). Crash had that mid 80's chart topping R&B Minneapolis sound which still sounds just as fresh today. Crash also demonstrated that the Human League did not necessarily have to adhere to their usual heavily synthesized and often cold sounding material which catapulted them to the top back in the early 80's with Don't You Want Me ! I must admit,even though this album sounded great, the last few tracks started to sound redundant until it slightly picked up again with the last track titled Love Is All That Matters. I think what disturbed critics of this album is that some songs were produced by Jam & Lewis while the others were produced or written by the Human League and their own writing team which may have caused a notable inconsistency in style. Despite the fact that this album "crashed and burned" on the charts and with many critics, it is worth a listen and your few dolllars if you find it in the cutout clearnace bins or at a used c.d. shop...
Now this album has often been accused of being "too 80's" but,the fact of the matter is it's one of the best full lengh albums The Human League ever recorded (not to mention their funkiest) and actually a lot glossier and sleeker than Duran Duran's similarly funk oriented Notorious,although Nile Rodgers produced that and not Jam & Lewis;their flavors are both highly funky but different in focus. "Money","Swang","Jam","Are You Ever Coming Back" and "Love On The Run" are all excellent mid 80's sophistifunk-pop and..Read more ›
The result? Great melodies and rhythms from both camps and some brilliant, underrated songs. Not that every tune is a homerun (and the first half does include some lightweight lyrics) but this is one helluva fun and satisfying disc. It starts well enough, but actually gains steam as it progresses right up to the gorgeous closer "Love Is All That Matters."
The fervor with which the Leauge sheds its reserve (but not its cool) is a hoot. The funky, synthy proceedings are tongue-in-cheek at times, genuinely soulful at others. "Human" was a deserved world-wide smash, but my favorite tracks are the slamming "I Need Your Loving" (whose hot-and-bothered lust seems to precede the sexual digression and remorse in "Human") and the magnificent one-two punch of the back-to-back "Love On The Run" & "The Real Thing," two pieces of perfect pop.
The former is a soaring declaration of No-Regrets propelled by staccato horns & drums and impassioned vocals by Phil. Man does he wail on these lyrics! The latter tune captures the heady rush of new romance with its killer bassline, falsetto backing vocals, sunny horns & keyboards. Beats even "Mirror Man" for bright, wistful imagery. And check out that background glissando in the chorus, among other brilliant touches. And yes, purists, both tunes are League-penned.
Harder to find than some other League discs, "Crash" features some of their most accomplished melodies and singing. It's a revelation that will move your ... and melt your heart.
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Though change can be a good thing for most, such was NOT the case with The Human League in 1986 with "Crash." It crashed alright. Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by whitechocolatebrotha
This is the only Human League album I cannot listen to on a regular basis. Their style simply doesn't lend itself to the Minneapolis Funk sound that Jam and Lewis strive for in... Read morePublished on December 30, 2011 by M. A. Devlin
CRASH was released in 1986 and Human League enlisted the production genius of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Read morePublished on November 3, 2011 by Alex Litvak
I am a HUGE Human League fan. I grew up listening to their music, waiting for each new release to come out so I could go to the record store and be the first kid in my town to own... Read morePublished on August 3, 2011 by Louis Green
The song "human nature" was featured on an episode of Nip/Tuck. I immediately went to Amazon to purchase the CD. I have always like that song. Thanks,Published on May 11, 2011 by barbie
Crash--released in 1986--is an enjoyable album from the Human League. I had never planned on getting this particular album from the Human League, but I came across it somewhere,... Read morePublished on April 7, 2011 by sauerkraut
It's been decades so everyone has an opinion on the success of Crash and I'm not here to try to change anyones mind. Read morePublished on March 19, 2011 by Slash
Crash by the Human League is a classic example of 80s r&b produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The highlights of the CD are Human, I Need Your Loving and the phenomenal Love Is... Read morePublished on September 18, 2009 by jj Real