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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 protégé 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.

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

Product Details

  • 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: #227,840 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Groove on 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 By A Customer on April 17, 1999
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 28, 2011
Format: Audio CD
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 lean more and more toward a funkier R&B direction with their music. The hybrid of new wave and funk,both often mutually exclusive had worked so well for Duran Duran,Kajagoogoo,Spandau Ballet and Level 42. All the same Human League were the more heavily eletronic of all of these groups so it was rather surprising that they were able to bring together the mechanical synthesizer textures of their earlier work with the warmer rhythmic refrains of funk and R&B. But one thing that funk and The Human League's music had in common was a love of precision and strong melodic ideas so the band baught in the production assistance of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis from Minneapolis to bring their spin,fresh from The S.O.S Band and Janet Jackson to work their magic with them.

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..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Adca on 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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