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The Human League are so credible it’s incredible. In fact, they’re probably more highly regarded in 2011 than they were in 1981 when they released their landmark album Dare!
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  • Audio CD (September 16, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Caroline
  • ASIN: B000000HQH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,117 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Things That Dreams Are Made Of
2. Open Your Heart
3. The Sound Of The Crowd
4. Darkness
5. Do Or Die
6. Get Carter
7. I Am The Law
8. Seconds
9. Love Action (I Believe In Love)
10. Don't You Want Me
11. Hard Times
12. Non-Stop

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When flipping through the annals of new-wave history, one can easily enough overlook the entry marked "Human League." But the truth of the matter is, this Phil Oakey-helmed synth-pop outfit was crucial to the movement, and, Dare!, its third release, is an absolute linchpin. Thanks to its breakthrough single, "Don't You Want Me," the record almost single-handedly made it safe to like new wave, and an MTV video gave it a fashionable face that was impossible to ignore. The sound was theatrical, awash in kitschy keyboards, but felt new and refreshing back in 1982. The League would never climb to such hooky aesthetic heights again; Dare! ranks as its greatest achievement--and it still sounds new and refreshing today. --Tom Lanham

Customer Reviews

Non-Stop is the better one, Hard Times is good no doubt, yet a little tedious.
Alex
This classic is definitely their best album and the recommended entry point for those wishing to investigate the band.
Pieter Uys
The three-pronged vocals and dueling synths create a moody, electric piece of music.
P Magnum

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "johnrocker74" on August 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Back in 1982, "Don't you want me" was inescapable. The song was basically an update of A star is born for the 80s, with one of the best videos made at the time. Forget the fact that none of the two female singers can carry a tune. This song is an all time classic. Today, it can be played along any new electronica release and it will sound as fresh as it sounded almost 20 years ago. It is a combination of Disco/pop/electronica that few have managed to match, and many tried to copy. The rest of the album is just as good! This is definetely not a case of a one hit wonder.
The entire album is an electronic attempt to match ABBA. Phil Oakey and his gang succeded in completing an infectious album full of catchy pop tunes all set to electronic beats. There is not a single bad tune in here. The haunting "Seconds" (about the assassination of JFK), creeps right through your skin with its hard hitting beat. "Open your heart" (listen carefully to see where the title of the album comes from) is a masterpiece in itself, far superior to "Don't you want me". The middle part has to be heard to be believed.
"Do or die" is another great dance anthem that should have been released as a single. Play that at a party today and see if people can recognise that it was recorded in 1981!!!! Same goes for the UK hit "Love action". The hooks are incredible.
The cover (made to look like the cover of "Vogue" magazine), is hilarious, with Phil Oakey giving a new meaning to the term supermodel (6 years before Cindy).
If you are a serious collector, this album is essential. It captures the spirit of the early 80s perfectly and it is a blueprint for countless other artists that followed (Pet Shop Boys, Erasure, New Order).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 8, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This album was just so right for its time. Kraftwerk, Bowie, Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder and Gary Numan had been paving the way in using the synthesizer in popular music, so the tuneful synth-pop of Human League's third album was received with open arms. The fashion magazine cover perfectly captures the atmosphere of rock's early 80s 'new romanticism'. After all these years, the synth & drum machine novelty has worn off, but this album remains a masterpiece on account of the quality of the songs. Phil Oakey's voice is perfectly framed by the female vocals and the arrangements are great. My favorites include the soaring Open Your Heart, the solemn lament Seconds, plus The Sound Of The Crowd, Do Or Die, Love Action and Don't You Want Me. This classic is definitely their best album and the recommended entry point for those wishing to investigate the band.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Karsten on December 14, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The Human League have had many member changes over the years and after all this time are still together and performing with only Philip Oakey as the original recognised band member left along with Joanne Cathrall and Susan Ann Sulley to make the current group line-up.

The Human League has sold over 20 million records worldwide and as such have influenced many other electro-syntho-pop acts like Moby. The group has released nine studio albums since 1979, but there was one album above all the others that made their career, the one album they will always be remembered for, the one album that became the hallmark for all others to follow in regards to sound, influence and development, the one album that changed your perception of music forever.

Dare!

It was 1981 (a good year); this was the year where four albums were to help influence my musical tastes (there were others of course later on, but these four were a strong starting point) in the 1980's and beyond: 1] Duran Duran, 2] Time, 3] Dare! and 4] Tonwelle, Tonwelle is one of my personal top 10 albums of all-time. There are other albums and groups which I will not go into here; needless to say by 1981 my musical journey was well underway.

Let's continue, 1981-82, this was the Human League's most successful period in their musical history when they released their third album Dare! Under a new direction from veteran producer Martin Rushent the first single from the album was `The Sound of the Crowd', and reached number 12 in the UK charts. But that was just a taste of better things to come. The next single `Love Action (I Believe in Love)' went to number 3 in the UK charts, the first and second singles were released before the album Dare!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By cgowing@keene.edu on December 29, 1998
Format: Audio CD
By far one of the most highy regarded synth based recordings in UK history. The Virgin/A&M release that opened the flood-gates for a myriad of sound alikes from both sides of the Atlantic, is a must for any synthpop, techno, electronica, or industrial fan. Tracks like "Seconds" and "Things That Dreams Are Made Of" show the stark beauty of the machine against provocative and emotional vocals. "Don't You Want Me", the universal #1 hit (a toe tapping ditty accompanied with what must be one of the 80's hottest and classiest music videos), shows this band's undeniable pop sense. A successful 1998 tour and numerous "Best Of" collections are a constant reminder of this band's importance in the alternative/electronica genre. A complete piece of work, Dare, no doubt, will be revered as one of the most influential LPs of the 20th century. Recently re-released by Caroline (ironically, a Virgin subsidiary), it has been rightfully praised by digi-pop guru Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and industrial dance trailblazer Jack Dangers (Meat Beat Manifesto).
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