Dare/Fascination!

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Dare! captures a moment in time perfectly -- the moment post-punk's robotic fascination with synthesizers met a clinical Bowie-esque infatuation with fashion and modern art, including pop culture, plus a healthy love of songcraft. The Human League had shown much of this on their early singles, such as "Empire State Human," but on Dare! they simply gelled, as their style was supported by music and songs with emotional substance. That doesn't mean that the album isn't arty, since it certainly is, but that's part of its power -- the self-conscious detachment enhances the postmodern sense of emotional isolation, obsession with form over content, and love of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Dare! captures a moment in time perfectly -- the moment post-punk's robotic fascination with synthesizers met a clinical Bowie-esque infatuation with fashion and modern art, including pop culture, plus a healthy love of songcraft. The Human League had shown much of this on their early singles, such as "Empire State Human," but on Dare! they simply gelled, as their style was supported by music and songs with emotional substance. That doesn't mean that the album isn't arty, since it certainly is, but that's part of its power -- the self-conscious detachment enhances the postmodern sense of emotional isolation, obsession with form over content, and love of modernity for its own sake. That's why Dare! struck a chord with listeners who didn't like synth pop or the new romantics in 1981, and why it still sounds startlingly original decades after its original release -- the technology may have dated, synths and drum machines may have become more advanced, but few have manipulated technology in such an emotionally effective way. Of course, that all wouldn't matter if the songs themselves didn't work smashingly, whether it's a mood piece as eerie as "Seconds," an anti-anthem like "The Things That Dreams Are Made Of," the dance club glow of "Love Action I Believe in Love," or the utter genius of "Don't You Want Me," a devastating chronicle of a frayed romance wrapped in the greatest pop hooks and production of its year. The latter was a huge hit, so much so that it overshadowed the album in the minds of most listeners, yet, for all of its shining brilliance, it wasn't a pop supernova -- it's simply the brightest star on this record, one of the defining records of its time. [The 2012 reissue of the album adds bonus remixes and versions, the Fascination! EP, and expanded packaging.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2012
  • Label: Emi Import
  • EAN: 5099955926324
  • Catalog Number: 5592632
  • Sales rank: 40,495

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Human League Primary Artist
Philip Oakey Synthesizer, Vocals
Ian Burden Synthesizer
Jo Callis Synthesizer
Joanne Catherall Vocals
Susanne Sulley Vocals
Philip Adrian Wright Synthesizer
Technical Credits
The Human League Producer
Philip Oakey Composer
Ian Burden Composer
Martin Rushent Programming, Producer
Philip Adrian Wright Composer, Slides
Chris Thomas Remixing
Dave Simpson Liner Notes
Callis Composer
Burden Composer
Arvind Manocha Liner Notes
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