ARTIST: The Human League
YEAR RELEASED: 1979
CHART ACTION: #34 UK
SINGLES: Empire State Human (#62)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: They cover You Lost That Loving Feeling
LINEUP: Maryn Ware, Ian Craig Marsh, Philip Oakey.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Electropop synth group releases tentative album featuring their synthy doodling.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: After a couple of years of noodling around as The Future, The Human League changed their name, recorded a single and then their first record as a trio. The goal was to expand electronic pop to the charts while remaining experimental.
While “Empire State Human” was kind of successful, the rest of the record seemed lacking in hooks, or excitement, or really any experimentation that wasn’t already out there in the world. The lyrics are also daft and too arty.
Blah in the first degree except for a couple of high notes on a few tracks.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They released a single before this (“Being Boiled / Circus of Death”) and re-recorded the latter for this album.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes. The first single, a B-side, and a quite boring instrumental EP.
GRADE C: If you’re into non-poppy electropop, be my guest.