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Crash [Import]

Human LeagueAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 27, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Virgin Int'l
  • ASIN: B000007U5H
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,990 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Money
2. Swang
3. Human
4. Jam
5. Are You Ever Coming Back?
6. I Need Your Loving
7. Party
8. Love On The Run
9. The Real Thing
10. Love Is All That Matters

Editorial Reviews

Nothing short of a C&W album recorded in the heart of Nashville would seem as far removed from the Human League's early experimental art-noise roots as 1986's Crash following the commercial and critical disappointment of 1984's underrated Hysteria, singers Phil Oakey, Joanne Catherall and Susanne Sulley parted with the instrumental axis of the Human League's hit making heyday and traveled to Minneapolis to record with ex-Prince prot‚g‚ Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam, then at the top of the charts as the masterminds of Janet Jackson's Control. Jam and Lewis wrote and performed the songs on Crash, with only occasional lyrical help from Oakey, and the results are fine mid-'80s pop-funk, even if they have almost nothing to do with the Human League's earlier records. The group was rewarded with the big American chart hit "Human," but from here on, every new Human League album was treated as a comeback attempt. EMI Gold. 2003.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Human Leage Experiments With Minneapolis Funk. September 4, 2002
Format:Audio CD
After a handful of hits in the early 1980s, the Human League's streak came to a halt with the release of 1984's "Hysteria," which had the flop single "The Lebanon." Phil Oakey and Co. needed to prove that they weren't a flash in the Totally 80's pan, and, strangely enough, they hooked up with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis for their 1986 album "Crash." It's a departure from their ice-cold, synth-heavy work, but, remarkably, the Minneapolis funk Jam and Lewis bring nicely compliments the group. Of course, there's the hit "Human," but the League don't turn it loose until the we get to the stomper "I Need Your Loving," which is probably as funky as anything the Time recorded back in the day. "Swang" swings along nicely, but the song that brings the house down is the excellent "Love is All That Matters." While "Crash" didn't steer the League into r&b territory for long, it was a welcome diversion that makes it one of their most interesting albums.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crash and Burn April 17, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
It's a shame music critics were not too kind to this album or that the only place it went was into the cutout clearance bins at your local record/c.d. shop. A lot of critics and die-hard Human League fans claimed that this project was too Americanized or pop driven by producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The only gem of the album for the Human League and for many listeners was the hit song Human.
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...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspired collaboration; great party album! August 8, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I rediscover this album every few years, and still love it. The strange-bedfellow pairing of pasty Brits and rising R&B producers seemed like a headscratcher at first, but the result is glorious. The League's yearning heart had always belied its chilly veneer, and Jam & Lewis were looking for a dance act that could help break them into the mainstream ( JJ's "Control" hadn't hit radio yet). Furthermore, British acts had a history of crossing racial and stylistic boundaries with panache.
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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crash Still Sounds Good To Me After Almost 20 Years ! October 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is the Human League album that left music critics and die-hard fans of their previous work scratching their heads.It was also like a bitter sweet project in that it yielded their last #1 hit here in the states (after that, every other album came and went without a memorable tune or hit).Human League received a lot of backlash for being deemed as "pop-sell outs" and for coming stateside to record this project with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis at the controls...I remember one music reviewer in a popular magazine years ago referring to Crash as nothing more than outtakes or rejected songs, leftovers from the Minneapolis Jam & Lewis, Prince protogee clan (Jesse Johnson & The Revue, Ta Mara & the Seen, SOS Band, Cherelle, Alex O'Neal, The get the gist).It all had that sort of electronic mid-80's funk & soul meets pop-new wave hybrid character.

In a positive light,Crash is also the album that finally gave lead singer Phil Oakey a vocal workout instead of the usual dead pan droning we were accustomed to.The guy can actually sing with emotion as highly evident on Human(also read somewhere that Oakey did several takes on Human under the guidance of Jam & Lewis so that he could give that "warm" vocal performance). Also, the cold,harsh, dark and stark synthesized sound of the New Wave era had finally thawed out with Crash (there are slight echoes of Fascination that can be heard on Crash).True, a lot of synth work and electronic drums were used for this project but to a more refined and casual sound ! Can't forget their number one smash single Human came off of this project (not since Don't You Want Me did HL have a #1 single)...

In retrospect, Crash had a very mature, flexible, accessible and warm updated soundscape.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Minneapolis JUNK, not Funk!
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 more
Published 13 months ago by Starr
2.0 out of 5 stars Makes Hysteria sound like a Grammy winner
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 more
Published on December 30, 2011 by M. A. Devlin
5.0 out of 5 stars A Human classic crashes on top of the Billboard charts.
CRASH was released in 1986 and Human League enlisted the production genius of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Read more
Published on November 3, 2011 by Alex Litvak
1.0 out of 5 stars Proof that even a good band can produce crap.
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 more
Published on August 3, 2011 by Louis Green
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Human Groove
One could tell with their 1983 single (Keep Feeling) Fascination,with it's Sly & The Family Stone inspired traded off vocals and strong groove that The Human League would over time... Read more
Published on April 28, 2011 by Andre S. Grindle
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun, energetic album
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 more
Published on April 7, 2011 by sauerkraut
4.0 out of 5 stars An amazing marriage of styles
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 more
Published on March 19, 2011 by Slash
3.0 out of 5 stars Human League Crash
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 more
Published on September 18, 2009 by jj Real
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album
Crash is 44 minutes and 40 seconds long and was released in September 1986. Two of the three songs from charted from the album. This was the album that saved the group. Read more
Published on February 16, 2009 by Michael Patrick Boyd
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