The Human League - Secrets
Artist: The Human League
Title Of Album: The Human League - Secrets
Year Of Release: September 11, 2001
Bitrate: lossless-image +cue +log +Booklet/SCANS
Total Size: 403 Mb
The arrival of Secrets, the Human League's first album since 1995's barely acknowledged Octopus, is most timely. With British R&B artist Craig David performing "Human" live in concert and with much plauditry heading in the debt-owing direction of Ladytron's automatous retro electro-pop and New York's quirky Laptop (Jesse Hartman's vocals are very much a little acorn fallen from the branches of Phil Oakey) there couldn't be a better opportunity for Sheffield's finest post-punk knob-twiddlers to stage a comeback. There have been better Human League albums but that isn't to say that Secrets is in any way a disappointment. Sure, six instrumentals is stretching it a bit but--among the wordless synthy shelf-filler--the trio of Oakey and his shop-assistant sidekicks Joannne Catherall and Susanne Sulley come up with enough downbeat dance-pop tunes to keep the faithful happy. Thus, "All I Ever Wanted", with it's rasping disco octave bass synth and memorably uncomplicated chorus, the shimmering "Never Give Your Heart" and the near Travelogue-style radiophonic workshop throwback of "Shameless" are all corking reminders of the good old days when guitars really didn't matter. And if the "The Snake", with Oakey's best Christopher Lee vocal and it's creepy Pied Piper-esque request to "Join us, come and join us" all sounds a bit sinister, it's really about one of the best rambling routes on the Yorkshire moors, albeit a notorious UFO sighting hotspot.
01. All I Ever Wanted
03. Love Me Madly?
05. 122.3 BPM
06. Never Give Your Heart
08. The Snake
14. Sin City
16. You'll Be Sorry
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