The Human League
1990: A&M 75021 5316 2
Its a neglected effort that deserves more consideration than its received in all the years since its untimely arrival. Rebound is singularly fine, whether as a Human League offering or on its own merits, and its followup The Stars Are Going Out remains unappreciated yet worthy of note with its dark celebrity-end-times bleakness.
Countering all that shadow are the obvious tosser would-be hits (Heart Like a Wheel, for example, on which much money was evidently lavished for an ultimately uncompelling video, and perhaps Men Are Dreamers, which seems to me like a rehash of songwriting bits that had never worked anywhere else either), but also tracks such as Mister Moon and Mister Sun and Get It Right This Time. The latter are like some offspring of quirkly-skewed computer-generated pop tracksnot generic synth-pop, not formulaic, not quite right either, they sound like interesting experiments that never quite found their perfect forms. And then theres Soundtrack to a Generation, which defies summary description; its just an odd beast, neither good nor bad yet containing aspects that could certainly be described either of those ways. And Lets Get Together Again is nearly as bad as Louise (on their 1984 album Hysteria)).
Personally I enjoy of this album, on the (flawed) whole, possibly by not treating it as a Human League album per se but as a standalone with a couple of standout tracks.
Comments © 2005 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.