Sunday 18 March 2018

Music: Credo by The Human League * *

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Human League fail to find pop gold on new album
Human League fail to find pop gold on new album
John Meagher

John Meagher

It's been 30 years since the band Bowie dubbed "the future of pop" released their seminal synthpop album, Dare. And it's been 10 years since the last Human League album -- the Sheffield trio have focused on touring instead.

Unfortunately for those seeking a late flowering, Phil Oakley, Susan Ann Sulley and Joanne Catherall are to be found wanting. They seem stuck between rehashing their trademark sound and trying something completely new. And, this limboland proves to be barren when it comes to pop gold.

To be fair, much of the album is perfectly serviceable -- not least the glittering Night People -- and Oakley's vocal remains among the most distinctive in pop. But it doesn't take long before his sloganeering lyrics start to jar and it's difficult to ignore the sameness of the material.

Burn it: Night People

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