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The Human League - Hysteria (1984) [Remastered 2005]

25-10-2014, 12:55
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The Human League - Hysteria (1984) [Remastered 2005]

Artist: The Human League
Title Of Album: Hysteria
Year Of Release: 2005
Label: Caroline Records / CAR33414-2
Genre: Synth-Pop, New Wave
Total Time: 66:46 min
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Total Size: 163 mb / 426 mb (Covers)

The Human League - Hysteria (1984) [Remastered 2005]

The Human League followed Dare! with more success, at least when it came to singles. The Motown-inspired "Mirror Man" and the frivolous (in a borderline-genius way) "(Keep Feeling) Fascination" maintained the group's momentum. When recording commenced for the full-length successor to Dare!, however, things got ugly. Martin Rushent, the producer who either receives all or no credit for The Human League's mainstream breakthrough, left the sessions. The slate was wiped clean, but the process was halted once more when another producer, Chris Thomas (Roxy Music, Sex Pistols), also split. Full of indecision and doubt, the group took forever to finish Hysteria. (Two and a half years in the '80s were, in fact, equal to forever, and U.S. label A&M intervened with the Fascination! EP, which contained the post-Dare! singles that did not appear on this album.) Hysteria is mediocre and easily the least of the group's albums to that point. Conscious not to repeat themselves and unable to do it without sacrificing their personality, most of the changes sound forced and fussily mulled over. It was one thing to get political and introduce some uncharacteristic guitar lines on "The Lebanon" (alienating your fanbase should always be encouraged, especially when it's done with a single that looks atrocious on paper but sounds fantastic), but "Rock Me Again" is the kind of thing the group once worked against, with Philip Oakey adopting an awkward, straining rock voice. The melodies are often flat, the arrangements are frequently bloodless. With only a couple exceptions, Hysteria sounds exactly like an album made under extreme post-platinum pressure. If you were to replace your pick of two tracks with "Mirror Man" and "(Keep Feeling) Fascination" -- which really wouldn't sound any more out of place than "The Lebanon" -- you'd at least have something resembling the group's old standard. Fun fact: it was released three years before a very different Sheffield band's Hysteria.


1 I'm Coming Back
2 I Love You Too Much
3 Rock Me Again And Again And Again And Again And Again And Again (Six Times)
4 Louise
5 The Lebanon
6 Betrayed
7 The Sign
8 So Hurt
9 Life On Your Own
10 Don't You Know I Want You

Bonus Tracks:
11 Thirteen
12 The World Tonight
13 The Lebanon (Extended Version)
14 Life On Your Own (Extended Version)
15 The Sign (Extended Version)

The Human League - Hysteria (1984) [Remastered 2005]

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