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Modern Retro...a good return!
on April 3, 2011
While it is hard to believe it has been 10 years since The Human League released Secrets and 30 years since Dare! In the interim, the band continued to tour and write music. Credo is a great return to form, mixing some retro synth sounds with modern bass/dance beats, Philip Oakey's baritone voice, and the Susan Ann and Joanne's singing. The result is a great return to form. From the first "ohhh" of the first song and second single release, "Never Let Me Go", the sound is distinctly the Human League and rarely missed form throughout the record.
"Never Let Me Go" is one of the stronger songs on the album and starts the disc off with classic Human League sound. Like "One Man In My Heart" from Octopus, Susan Ann Sulley takes the lead vocals. The song has a toe tapping beat a chorus that you will be singing for days.
"Night People" was the lead single and begs to be danced to! The lyrics contain some of the typical Human League rhymes, "Leave your cornflakes in your freezers, Leave your chocolate and your cheeses, Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, Give your soul what ere it pleases", that make you scratch your head if you listen too closely. But this is not meant to be lyrical dynamo, it is to get your feet moving.
"Egomaniac" is the second single in most of Europe. It is a repetitive dance number that blends traditional Human League sounds with a more dance-able beat and sound.
"Electric Shock" was a great surprise. Right from the first listen, it grabs a hold of you and makes you want to get on the dance floor. The lyrics are simplistic, but catchy. Definitely one of the highlights of the album.
"When the Stars Start to Shine" closes the disc with a song that surprises on multiple fronts. The song is unlike anything The Human League have recording in years. The mix of beat and lyrics harbor back to some pre-Dare recordings. The song is catchy both lyrically and musically.
While CREDO is not DARE! It is one of their best discs of the past 20 years. While it will not get airplay, aside from some club play, it is definite worth a listen. It is far better than many of the retro acts making music today and still captures some the magic of the 80's while embracing the sounds and beats of the 2010's.