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Dare!

The Human League

1981

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Dare!

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3.04

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Listening to this album reminds me that if I had embarked on this musical journey a decade ago, it would have gone far differently. And by differently, I mean worse. Generally my attitude toward listening to music has been the same attitude that I have about eating at restaurants: when I take the time to leave the house, drive somewhere, and pay all that extra money for restaurant service, I want to be absolutely crazy about that food. And if I am going to purchase music, and listen to it when I could be listening to literally anything else, it ought to be damn good. Is there anything worse than a $15 burger that’s dry, or a record with one hit and nine forgettable tracks? The difference between “current me” and “10 years ago me” is that now I recognize that there is another tier of music that, while not my favorite, can be very enjoyable in certain settings, primarily those settings where the music is in the background (like during a game night with friends). So what does all this have to do with The Human League’s album Dare? Well, there was a time where I absolutely hated all music that even had hints of an 80’s feel. Synthesizers, that 80’s drum sound (I looked it up and it’s called gated reverb), all of it made me cringe. Nowadays I am better at appreciating a good pop song despite its particular textures, and so I’m actually able to get some enjoyment out of a record like this. This is early 80’s synth-pop with a sinister flair to it, with a good amount of dark lyrics. I think the sound of both vocalists really goes well with the music, and I’m always happy to hear a vocalist sing in lower registers. Like probably everyone, I was familiar with the song Don’t You Want Me, but I was surprised that there weren’t many other monster choruses here. 80’s pop will never be my favorite, but overall I didn’t hate this, and its inclusion on this list seems pretty obvious to me. My personal enjoyment: 3/5 Did it belong on this list: 4.5/5

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80s vibes at their finest.

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Electronic pop from this era is like pizza to me. It nearly always hits the spot. I prefer the human league lineup with ware and marsh but this is definitely choice synthpop. There is something about the relative flatness/stiffness of the delivery style that I find endlessly entertaining. An evolution from Kraftwerk that even members of Kraftwerk appreciated.

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Absolute classic 70s synth pop This shit hard as fuck

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WOW!!! What a surprise! Incredibly synth-heavy pop, I had never heard of this band and was ready to write it off seeing that they're responsible for "Don't You Want Me," which is a fucking crime because that song slaps! Seriously, incredible album, it's immediately going into the rotation. I'll be listening to a lot more of this band going forward. Favorite Songs: 1. The Things That Dreams are Made of 3. The Sound of the Crowd (HOLY SHIT THAT SYNTH!) 4. Darkness (Incredible, seriously) 8. Seconds 9. Love Action

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Absolute Jams

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Love it, seminal new wave, can hear the influence on so many later electro-pop bands. Sparse, melodic hooks, great beats. So many hits here, favourite is probably Love Action.

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Great flash back.

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Seminal synth-pop record with a dark flair which recalls their previous albums or even Ultravox's. A few of them are best songs of the genre

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This is kinda like Devo meets Bowie imo (but with a more pop vibe), I dig it!

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Having learned recently about the evolution of electronic music and the early prominence of this album in the synthpop movement helped me appreciate this album. It definitely has that 80s synthpop sound, but I didn't realize previously how influential this album was in creating that sound. There are some aspects of this album that sound dated now, but given the technology that they were working with and the uncharted territory that they were moving into, this is a really cool album 4/5

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This barely made it onto my favourite list, I just can't deny it's catchy as hell and great whenever it pops up on the radio

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I never owned this album in the 80s, but I wished I had. Given the large number of albums where the non-hit tracks weren’t great, I think I would have liked most of this album then. Still, better late than never. My favorite Human League song (“Don’t You Want Me”)appears on this album. How surprising that the lead singer thought it the weakest track on the album and buried it at the end of side B. It is still my favorite song on the album, but I’m glad to have some new candidates for the position after listening to this album. “The Things That Dreams Are Made Of” is a great song! I’m not sure how I missed it all these years (I think it was released as a single?) but glad to know it now. “Open Your Heart” was a single in the UK (not sure about the US) that I also missed. I quite like this song as well. “The Sound of the Crowd” is really fun and catchy and makes me want to go to all the 80s clubs. So much 80s fun! By the third listen I liked all the songs on this. Amazed to hear a Casio VL-1 as the sole instrument on “Get Carter”. Too cool! Great album!

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I am very familiar with THE HUMAN LEAGUE and the DARE album. I have it and I’m a casual fan of the band. The early material is interesting but not up to their more poppier efforts. The band has some hits and misses on their other albums, but DARE is one of those perfect albums. After re-listening to DARE, my opinion has not changed this is a really great album. Every single song is catchy and extremely enjoyable to listen it. It is the most popular HUMAN LEAGUE album and in this case the best one, deservedly so. Pop wins out on this one. In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, DARE is the only album included. Rate Artist: THE HUMAN LEAGUE (4.0) Rate Album (Year): DARE (1981 Original) (5.0) Ranking of THE HUMAN LEAGUE - DARE songs 01) The Things That Dreams Are Made Of 4:15 10.0/10 02) Open Your Heart 3:56 10.0/10 03) The Sound Of The Crowd 4:05 10.0/10 04) Darkness 3:59 09.0/10 05) Do Or Die 5:25 10.0/10 06) Get Carter 1:02 08.0/10 07) I Am The Law 4:08 10.0/10 08) Seconds 4:59 10.0/10 09) Love Action (I Believe In Love) 5:00 10.0/10 10) Don't You Want Me 3:57 10.0/10 Original 1981 Release 97.0/100 = 97.0 / 2 = 4.85

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Brilliant. Soooo 1980s but who cares? Catchy tunes, all excellent - not a bad track on the album.

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Is sort of a generic 80s synth-pop album (which isn't a bad thing) until the last track. "Don't You Want Me" is quite possibly one of the best (if not THE best) pop songs from the 80s, that song alone bumps this album up a full star from 3/5 to 4/5 for me. Such a banger of a song.

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really fun!

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Synths. Synths everywhere. And I loved it. The Sound of the Crowd is SO SO good - I could have that on repeat for hours.

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Das good shit. Funky, part disco, poppy, just a classic and more

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Synthy jams.

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Nice eighties pop

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This band is funny in a Kraftwerk and Devo sort of way. Hard not to like it, it's weird and friendly. Oh, I actually know "Don't You Want Me", that was a surprise. I like that song. This was a good listen.

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Another 80s album with great synthesizers and off-putting vocals, but this one quickly grew on me. I still think the vocals are kind of kitschy and camp (and I don't know if they were intended to sound that way or not), but they work fairly well here.

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Esa cancioncita de entrada qué cursilería y el álbum es un poco eso, pero qué disfrutable. Sus sintetizadores (algo que disfruto tanto de la música) y los beats son algo a lo que puedo regresar con un mood específico. "Do or Die" quizá fue mi preferida, con ese motivo que se repite en ciertas partes de la canción. Y ni cómo negar el hitazo "Don't You Want Me", aunque me parece desigual respecto al álbum... con todo y que creo que es similar a la primera. Quizá el problema que tengo con el álbum es que de pronto, me esperaba más en ciertas canciones. En fin, 8.5/10

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8/10 ta gueno y don't you want me es un rolololololon.

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really good album. wasnt sure if i was going to like it but it does work well and i do indeed like it a lot

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I've always enjoyed this. Has some slower and darker album songs, but six of the 10 are outstanding.

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Great 80’s pop. Catchy and fun

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Don't you want me baby! Don't you want me oooooohhh! Great album, think I'm learning that I generally like 80s pop?

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Großartiger Synthie Pop / New Wave. Don't you want me - Smash hit!

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Classic synth-pop album with some all-time great songs from the genre. The lead singers voice might get grating though on repeat listens.

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Fun to listen to, had only heard "don't you want me" before, was happy to hear some more from them.

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Really cool album Most songs have an interesting sound and speak to me. Cool use of piano and guitar 4.5/5

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Synth-tastic! Paved the way for the shit I listen to today.

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Loved it. So funny and clever.

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This is very 80s. Like the most 80s thing imaginable. I liked it though. The Sound of The Crowd and I Am The Law are highlights.

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Rating: 7/10 Best songs: The things that dreams are made of, The sound of the crowd, Seconds, Don’t you want me

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A classic early 80s synth pop album, a lot of fun to listen to. It was one of the first cassettes I owned, so it saw a lot of play in my house. Coming back to hear it now, I'm struck by the simplicity of it. The sound is crisp, the arrangements deliberately flat and cold. Phil Oakey's commanding baritone vocal is a centerpiece of this music, another instrument in its own right. The songwriting is simple but sophisticated, touching rather poetically on themes like alienation and sexual politics. And surprisingly for such a aloof sounding band, Phil Oakey for the most part comes off as an optimist, someone who still believes in love, who still believes we hold the power to find what we need in this life... if we dare to look for it. "Don't You Want Me" is incredibly catchy, a perfect pop song and a stone cold classic that belongs in any time capsule of this era. Funny to find out it's the last song on the album because Oakey didn't particularly care for it. Fave Songs: Don't You Want Me, Darkness, Love Action, Open Your Heart

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minimal, clean synth sounds, cool production but still warm to hear. Surprisingly good tunes beyond just the singles, especially 'The things that dreams are made of' and 'The Sound of the crowd' and 'Get Carter/I am the law'.

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as with so many other albums on this list, this one was a distinct moment in time. it happens that this was a moment i was there for, and remember pretty well. i didn't know what any of it meant at the time, but i was very happy to hear disco's influence fading, and to see whatever new wave was going to bring. it felt, in the best possible way, like living in the future - and a future that was full of possibility and all that stuff, even if it knew it was a weird future. that said, love action was a nice surprise. i'm sure i've heard it any number of times, but this was the first time i really paid attention. seconds was a good surprise, too. and naturally, the big hit is always cool to hear.

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I’ve listened to a lot of the tracks on the album individually but never as an album. This was released just before I came of age musically but the tracks have always been there in my life. I enjoy the synth and electronic sounds of the new wave/romantics it has aged a bit but it was the start of a new musical direction. I didn’t realise that seconds was a homage to JFK, quite an interesting song

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Very good formative synthpop album. The opening track is almost "violently" 80s. The rest is a little same, but still very enjoyable. Best tracks "These Are The Things" "I Am The Law" "Don't You Want Me"

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So many sounds, would sound amazing on vinyl. 80s overload. WILL BUY.

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This is good, synth-y 80s pop. I don't think I'd ever heard the whole album. I liked Don't You Want Me well enough when it was released but I think I've heard it enough in the last 40 years. I really liked the songs on this album that were less familiar to me, especially The Things That Dreams Are Made Of and Seconds.

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I am familiar with The Human League, but not this entire album. This is authentic synth-pop of the 80s. I enjoy being taken back to this time in music from time to time.

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Oh how excited I was for this. Early 80s English synth-pop was my jam back in the day, and one of my favorite songs ever is "Don't You Want Me." The first couple of listens through, it seemed like too much of the same thing, and I got a little bored. Philip Oakey's monotone, so cool in each song on its own, gets a bit much over ten in a row. This is not to say that I didn't enjoy it! I did! But maybe I had my expectations too high. Maybe sometimes it's okay to love a single more than its album. I will keep listening to this one, though, until I know for sure.

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“Chock-full of precise, memorable melodies delivered with style and humour.”

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Saved Prior: Love Action (I Believe In Love), Don't You Want Me Off Rip: The Things That Dreams Are Made Of, Open Your Heart, The Sound Of The Crowd, Do Or Die, I Am The Law, Seconds Cutting Edge: Darkness Overall Notes: Despite the large quantity of songs saved (all but 1 were at least on my Cutting Edge playlist) and Don't You Want Me being one of my favorite songs of all time, this album was simply above average. It's good and most of the songs have multiple good elements to them, but they rarely come together to form a truly transcendently great song (Don't You Want Me being the only exception good lord is that song good). I liked it better than the Eurythmics album for sure, but nothing close to Depeche Mode. Lots of good songs, a couple very good songs, one incredible one.

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Songs for my wife to be. Fabulous album full of memory.

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This is the proudest I've been to be from Sheffield, apart from when "The Full Monty" was screened on a flight I was on and I ran up and down the plane singing "You Can Leave Your Hat On" with nothing but a sick bag over my jaffas, all the way to Bangkok. "Seconds" is the best song about an assassin since Peter Gabriel's the year before.

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4/5. Don’t You Want Me is an all time banger, album is kinda inconsistent tho

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very 80s.... kinda sassy growing on me tho!

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classic pop, with really human synths, and great tunes.

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Quite uneven, but the hits are classics

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"we thought that hair styles would be the first thing to date"

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I'm not entitrely sure what Love Action is, but they've got it in spades.

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Fantastic album full of analog synth goodness. Slight dip at the beginning of side B but starts and finishes very strongly.

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Phil Oakey's voice is perhaps the bit that's aged least well.but the songs are bulletproof.

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Let's be honest. When I first heard of Human League... way, way back when, on Solid Gold with Dionne Warwick, I didn't know any better than to think it was DEVO. Reflect and consider. Am I wrong? Are we not men? We are De-Vo. I also never went back and listened to an actual Human League record since then, but they were undeniably part of 80's synth and beyond. I only really magnetized back to them thanks to George Michael kind of (really) ripping them off with Shoot The Dog. But he really gave respect (I hope that gets through) except for the political disrespect. Tony's lonely wife. Whatever errant directions they might have tried later this record is imaginative, regardless of whether 80's synth pop is now considered cringe. But this is Phil talking... I wanta tell you, what I've found to be truuue...!

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This is seminal synth-pop. A logical evolution from Kraftwerk with enough danceable hooks and melodies to make it appealing to the masses. I think they did it better than many of their contemporaries, eg Duran Duran, Gary Numan and Depeche Mode. I really like it when they get a bit darker on Seconds. They only had relatively simple electronic instruments but they really make the best of it with some very humanistic melodies.

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I think that the opening side is a killer, especially the first 3 tracks, Sound of the Crowd being my favourite. Side 2 drags a bit, then redeems it self with "Don't You Want Me". I agree with Oakley that this hit isn't one of their stronger songs, but the opening chords are unforgettable, like "Cars" by Gary Numan or "The Model" by Kraftwerk. It's funny, the story about how, three days before having to go on tour (without a band) Oakley saw these these two teenage girls dancing in a nightclub and invited them to join the band as "incidental vocalists". They got consent from their parents and they're still touring!

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For Christmas one year didn't George Costanza  hand out cards that said "A donation in your name has been made to The Human League." Anyway, "Don't You Want Me" sure was a kick ass song. It was played like crazy during university but I'm still not sick of it. Some of this album sounds a tad dated now but it sure was cool back in the day. Another notch in Virgin's pistol.

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7/10 DON'T YOU LOVE ME BABE?!

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Generally extremely catchy and entertaining. Some of the lyrics may be a bit silly or repetitive, but it really, strangely, doesn't take away from the enjoyment I got from listening to this album. Of course it has the absolute masterpiece of 'Don't You Want Me Baby,' but I think it starts with a sleeper hit with 'The Things That Dreams Are Made Of.' The energy in the song is easy to catch, and it carries through the majority of the album. 'I Am The Law' unfortunately slows things down a bit, but leaving the big hit for the end makes sure you're left on an upbeat, positive note.

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Classic 80s band with their best song

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A trip down memory lane..clubbing in Honolulu…great tunes

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Great album, full of bouncing brooding electronic beats and melodies

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A little bare for my tastes, but fun.

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So, it's got that one song on it. You may not know the song, until you hear it, and then you're like, yeah, that one. So anyway, it's at the very end, and while the songs you have to wade through to get there aren't all bad, they're not that great either. Best track: Don't You Want Me

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Similar to soft cell in that I wanted so much more from the album. Disappointed

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MEGET elektronisk, som om en kun keyboard og trommemaskine. Kun et hit og det er heller noget særligt. Ikke min stil

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I came in wanting to like this but no, I was right the first time - human league are annoying. Interesting to hear the craftwerk influences though. Don’t you want me is a tune

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I know The Human League were pioneers in this sound, but it never did a whole lot for me. I always found it a bit cheesy, I like the instrumentation more than than the vocal stylings, but even then it's a little cheesy sometimes as well.

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Nostalgia again for me. I was raised on Human League. There are definitely some bangers on here, but unfortunately it's nothing that stands out as an amazing album, except for it ending on two belters

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10 canciones y 40 minutos. Desde el principio es puro sonido 80. En este disco está su gran, gran éxito: "Don't you want me". El disco bastante flojo para mi gusto, va mejorando hacia el final: Seconds, Love Actions y el remate de su éxito como última canción. Le doy 3 estrellas justitas.

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Ganz nett

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3.8 + Solid 80s synth pop mixed with some interesting experiments like “I Am the Law.” Kraftwerk fingerprints all over but with enough pop to set it apart. “Don’t You Want Me” is a radio favorite, too. “Love Action” limps along towards the end. The track ordering is a little whacky - I can’t think of many albums where the smash hit appears last.

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Really good actually

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Underground-y y pop-y a la vez. Lo que me pareció cool: grandes percusiones, tanto las de instrumentos como las de los beats electrónicos e incluso las percusiones que no sé si en realidad cuenten como percusiones porque vienen más bien del bajo. Como que no son sonidos súper catchy, pero sí lo suficiente para que me mantengan entretenido. No es mi estilo y no creo regresar al disco, pero he de admitir que suena bastante cool sobre todo las canciones como The Sound of the Crowd, Darkness y Seconds que suenan postpunk (quizás por la voz y las percusiones muy graves características del género?) con una fusión movidona disco-ish. Me imagino que está cool para los apreciadores del synth pop como andruk. 7/10. Track que más disfruté: Love Action por lo refrescante que ha de haber sido escuchar algo disco con una voz que no fuera irritablemente aguda.

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It was pretty solid, very fun 80s pop! I liked it

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it was different, not bad, just not something I'd listen to every day

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Had some head hopping but it’s very one paced. I was a bit disappoint, but I had high expectations. The last song creeps into a 3, I’ll prob be singing this all day now.

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For an album that's as old as me, I find the use of instruments available at that time fascinating. And they definitely saved the best for last. Overall, I just don't think the songwriting is particularly good, I would probably have enjoyed it more if it was instrumental. 6.5/10

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Wasn’t interested in listening to this but it was actually ok. Pure 80s pop with all their hits made it semi-enjoyable.

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Fun listen. Top quality pop musicj. I respect savin the banger til the end. And WHAT a banger!

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fine

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It was good but mainly because of the last track on the album

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Great singles. A bit much as an album, all very similar.

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Alright. I thought I was gonna like it more.

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I can have a good time if I am high or drunk listening to this in a party xD! The fake instruments are very funny but 1981.. Quite progressive I guess! Also the "Don't You Want Me" chorus is a hit, haha! 3 stars.

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Some good songs, some not so much. Don't you want me baby is an iconic 80's hit, this song alone raises the rating to three stars.. However, the first part of the album is quite meh.

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was one of a handful of LPs in the house in the 80s - can't say i'd give it much of a spin now other than for some curious nostalgia

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bof sans trop d'intérêt fav: the sound of the crowd, Darkness (assez cool), Hard times aussi (DU-Dududu-dududu) On sent que ça a influencé MGMT par exemple 6/10

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I thought this would be better, being that I love 80's new wave electronic music - but only a couple of good tunes and one banger being Dont You Want Me. 3 stars

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Yup. Surprising that the #1 single was the last song on the album.

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Don't you want me was a standout from the rest

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Classic 80s synth pop, Human League were one of the best of that genre. Lots of it sounds a bit dated and cheesy now but the melodies and hooks are still strong.

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Unapologetically 80s. Interesting track placement but generally enjoyable

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Synthpop at its best

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This is the kind of synth pop that is unapologetic in its sounds. angular, refusing to blend. the task then is more in stacking them, which sounds like what I am in for. This almost feels like a less fun DEVO. Or like listening to a very poetic retro gamer stream. Some songs have interesting hooks but I'm just not super interested in the sounds. Don't You Want Me Baby keeps this from being a 2 star for me. Seconds is a good track.

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Pretty good album, defintley a huge influence on a lot of the new wave that came later on in the decade.

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Not bad. Obviously there’s the hit at the end, but the majority of the album is some pretty cool 80s synth pop. I’d listen again.

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Kind of interesting meld of 80s new wave pop and 80s German electronica, even though these guys were from Sheffield (!?) I found it nostalgia-inducing but ultimately a little hard to listen to all the way through.

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9/22 3.5/5. Classic 80s synth-pop, not a preferred genre of mine but it's good at what it does. Standout Tracks: The Things That Dreams Are Made Of, Darkness, Seconds

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Pretty good. Only really know them for ‘Don’t You Want Me’ so it was nice to hear other, darker, material.

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I mean, it's fun man. I think that's it at the end of the day. Don't you want me baby? Classic as it gets.

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Well it's a decent dance/pop/now wave record with one great song. 3 🌟

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Aside from Don't You Want Me, none of the songs really caught my attention.

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Ah Phil and the Girl fans! what a difference from the first iteration, but I think Phil Oakey was always a "Pop Star in Waiting" rather than an Alt-Rock star. "The Things that Dreams are made of" & "Love Action" my pick of the tracks althoug I also Like "Get Carter". A good early 80's piece of serious pop.

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Buen disco. Muy movido, pero Don’t you want me se lleva el disco por mucho

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An album from the 80s that doesn’t indulge in itself for once. Though some songs tend to plod due to lack of editing, the synth melodies and catchy vox are enough to keep things moving through the slow spots.

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Solid and catchy 80s synth pop that is unfortunately too repetitive to justify a 4 stars

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Classic 80s pop that provides a cool sound that masks a lack of great songwriting. Most of the album follows the exact same tempo and feels like a trial of songs in pursuit of their biggest single, which is the only major highlight of the album given its domination of shopping radio playlists at stores.

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She never even worked in a cocktail bar. Frauds. Good album doe

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Flash Back

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Cool synths

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Sintpopični možda recimo klasik? Ne znam, ne mora biti, ali ovaj cover mi je dosta poznat, viđao sam ga, bar što se tiče ovog žanra i ružan je! Prva strana albuma je sasvim dobra, ne mogu reć. Meni taj synthpop prolazi, ali nije koji će mi ostat onako u rotaciji. Ako me razumijete. Može se poslušat, a sad da ću si pustit to, bar sad još uvijek ne letim za ovim synthpopom.

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Solidan

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Don't you want me baby

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pas dingo mais je ne peux ignorer le banger don’t you want me ….

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80's synth pop tunes

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Cest correct pas plus.j'ai tout exoute et je me souviens presque plus. Peut être par e que à secoute bien en backgroudb? Probablement. 3.5

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Don’t really get the hype around this one… plenty in the genre better in my humblest of humble opinions.

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It's very heavy on the synth which I really wouldn't have a problem with, but the songs really feel like they bleed into one another. And the biggest banger on the soundtrack being right at the end is just uncool.

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Not bad. I now know the group who wrote Don’t you want me Baby

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Despite the morose whine and so-so lyrics, some of the best keyboarding ever.

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A big and small hit. The rest is rather mediocre. (5/10) FT: Don't You Want Me, Love Action (I Believe in Love)

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The sound of the 80’s

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Pop commercial

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Contrairement à mon camarade d'écoute le très peu éclairé roblumière, j?ai beaucoup apprecié cet album, qui aura même frôlé le 4 grâce à un très bon dernier son. J'ai notamment adoré le choix artistique de ce groupe, qui avant de lancer chaque piste de l'album, nous laisse nous balader pour quelques secondes dans les hautes herbes.

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Nothing I would go back to. Thought they sounded like the band that sings Don't You Want Me until I got to the last track and realized that it was!

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My sister bought this LP in my 80s childhood and boy I listened to it a whole lot. There is some forgettable stuff in the first half but the album, and the B side in particular, still holds up on its own terms.

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Not bad, just dated. High on the synthesizer. Very new wave.

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Alright. Not what I’d call a classic

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Some bumper 80e Cover art 3/5

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Dare is the third album by English synth-pop band The Human League. This album was recorded in the new wave of pop style, after the departure of two founding members of the band caused a shift from their prior avant-garde electronic style. This change in genre for the band paid off big once the singles from the album began releasing, and this album went on to define the synth-pop genre. The final track on the album is the single "Don't You Want Me" which became an international hit - as well as the band's biggest hit and the 25th highest selling single in the UK - after it was finally released against the band's frontman Philip Oakey's opinion who thought it was the weakest track on the album and shouldn't be a single. The album was on the UK chart for 71 weeks, being number 1 for a good chunk of that, and "Don't You Want Me" was the number 1 single during some of that time as well. With all this popularity, it's no surprise that the album has been certified triple platinum in the UK. As critically acclaimed as this album is, it's still pop music, and to me this genre's songs are easily forgettable and/or repeatable. I loved the single "Don't You Want Me", but obviously everyone in the world loved it too. The other tracks on the album weren't as special, but a few did stick out to me as good. Overall, this album is pretty amazing and did bring pop - and more specifically synth-pop - into the spotlight for the foreseeable future.

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The release year is important here, at least it is to me. The sound and style of this album sound dated to my ear now, and as someone who was a teen in the 80s, this kind of music is very familiar because it was quite common back then. But in 1981, it wasn't. That's what I mean by this album's release year's importance. Makes me understand how groundbreaking and influential this album really was. I don't particularly love the album overall, but that's because the higher frequencies that my ear hears in synth-based music kind of grates on me. No fault of the music or anything else; just how I experience it. Because of that, I don't listen to synth music. 'Don't You Want Me' is still a lot fun, though. I remember liking it back then and I still do.

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Not a fan of the band, especially when this album was first released. I didn't listen to any synth-based pop music on the radio, but reflecting back it does bring back a bit of nostalgia. You couldn't go anywhere without hearing their big hit, Don't You Want Me and it still remains an earwig in my mind once in a while. It's not always a bad thing.

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The author of this book shouldn't have been allowed to add so much of this fucking late 70s/early 80s new wave post punk pop garbage... I mean sure it was big at the time but it all just sounds the fucking same and he's only got 1001 albums to fit in here... surely all this new wave is taking up space better albums could've had... 2/5 because that's as low as I want to go unless it's actively fucking awful. This stuff is never downright awful, just annoying.

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Pretty good synth-pop. Don't you want me baby hit

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Not even my app time favorite song can save this from being a dud

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Banebrydende elektronisk pop, synthesizer, 80’er

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overal i find the album kind of boring

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Because of the ‘don’t you want me’ this album transcends decades. But every other song is bad.

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Kuin olis katsonut pornoa ilman kuvaa?

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One good song does not make an album. Very 80s

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Groundbreaking at the time but, the singles apart, nothing here to get too excited about these days. Definitely of its time.

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Did not care for this at all. Very boring.

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The big hit at the end is great but I found the whole thing a bit flat and dull, probably more into rock music these days than the synth sound.

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Idée intéressante et sûrement très innovante pour l'époque mais vraiment dépassée.

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Some fun sounds but new wave is... pretty lame

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Do or die

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Not the best album but a fun 80s sound. And of course you can’t forget the banger don’t you want me

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1.5 - pretty dull melodies, basic lyrics. may have been good for its day. nothing stands out.

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Tried to like it, but it’s just *so* boring. Would’ve been 1 star until the last song. Guess that means I want you, Dare! OhhhhWoahhhhh

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Not for me!

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A little too samey for me, singers voice is good but it all started to blend a little too much

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Every time sounds very similar to the one before. Last song is a classic, but what's that different about it compared to the previous 9?

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Only gave it one listen. Thought it was alright, but the singing was a bit flat and dull, the choruses weren't very punchy, and I don't think that the synth-heavy sound aged so well. But yeah when it first came out I reckon it sounded proper edgy and unique, so maybe I'd have liked it back in the day. It could grow on me with more listens but it would take a long time.

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Generally, this kind of 80s electric stuff is a bit of fun but not really my thing. I did enjoy parts and wouldn't be adverse to listening again but it's more for banter. Having said that, Don't You Want Me is an absolute tune and Open Your Heart is pretty good. I'm going to be slightly harsh here with a 2/5, just because there are so many albums to review but it could be a 3.

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A couple of songs I remember.

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So 80s 😂😂 the frontman can't sing for shit, so there's that 😂. Love Action is a good track and Don't You Want Me is a banger, but still, can't base the whole album off that. Prob worth a 2 as an album.

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It wasn’t bad, I just wasn’t a huge fan.

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Meh... It's about what I would have expected. Not really for me

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“Don’t You Want Me” is a bop but everything else was pretty boring and the vocalist delivery and style came across really monotone throughout. At the time I would suspect the synth mixed with pop was really ground breaking and interesting but now it just sounds dated.

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2.5

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Maybe it's because I'm older but I don't enjoy this as much now as I did in the 80s.

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It was ok

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Synth-pop is wasn't into in the 80s, and still am not into it.

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1981: Don't You Want Me Baby, Darkness

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Not a fan of synth pop. Not in love with the singing. But I did enjoy the lyrics and there were a few head bopping songs.

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about as 80s as it gets

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A single long transport to the album's best and last song.

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Goed 80's vibeje maar zal het niet snel zelf opzetten

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cheesy 80's pop with the famous song at the end. didnt really vibe

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The song is okay (kind of monotonous in beat/tone, for me) but I like the sentiment and really appreciate this simple truth of the opening track's chorus: Everybody needs love and adventure Everybody needs cash to spend Everybody needs love and affection Everybody needs 2 or 3 friends Fittingly, the song is called The Things That Dreams Are Made Of, and grander things are mentioned, but I think this basic list is poignant. Besides that, Don't You Want Me was really the only song that I liked.

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Av all bra synthpop som finns så väljer de human league? texterna är pinsamma och låtarna är inte ens catchy? Möjligtvis att don't you want me Har Något, men den är egentligen lite för långsam för att vara dansant.

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Vill gilla det här albumet mer än jag gör men faller inte helt på plats. Ibland spricker molnen upp och man skymtar något slags storhet bakom vad som annars är rätt mediokert. Vissa basslingor SLAPS, vilket kommuniceras med snygg mixning. Det känns lite som att lyssna på Kraftwerk, jag känner att det BORDE vara bra men klickar bara på kanske 3 låtar..

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New wave mania. Favorite Track: Don't You Want Me Relisten: Maybe

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Some songs are not bad

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Unfortunately, the only song I enjoyed was ''Don't you want me''. It's such a classic and I feel the song is better structured then the other songs. I usually enjoy the synth style of the 80's but the other song on that album just doesn't do it for me.

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It was okay...

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Thinking about what I dislike the most: new wave or synth pop

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Zep is still refining its sound and covering songs here. However, an album that includes a song like “Baby I’m Gonna Leave You” could not be considered as bad. “Good Times, Bad Times” is one of the most rocking songs in history.

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J'ai globalement assez peu apprécié cet album. Dès la troisième piste, alors que l'on est en train de se déplacer dans les hautes herbes, notre joueur s'immobilise et une musique se lance. Nous nous retrouvons alors face à un véritable Roucool de niveau 3. Notre Kaiminus enchainera dès lors les attaques « griffe » tandis que le Roucool répondra par des « vives-attaques » très peu efficaces. Le combat sera finalement remporté mais nous laissera sur nos gardes jusqu'à la fin de l'album.

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Don't you want me couldn't save this album for me.

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so fake for putting the good song at the end

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awful hated it!

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Ass

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stinky 80s cheese 🧀

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really quite shite. all sounds the same. like he got a casio keyboard for christmas.

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Ass80s

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I gave it an honest try but most of this record veered between obnoxious and forgettable. “Don’t You Want Me” is a fine single of its era, but it’s obviously the only track they seemed to focus on, everything else is under-written and poorly produced. Or maybe this era of synth pop isn’t for me. Either way this record turned me off.

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Just another typical 80’s vibe. Nothing special but it wasn’t grating.

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No, I don’t want you. Never did

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There's 80's and then there's "the most 80's singing ever over the background of a Casio keyboard". Stereotypical, in a bad way.

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Kolejny raz wyspy brytyjkie pokazuja, ze moze byc jeszcze gorzej jesli chodzi o brzmienie lat 80 i synthowe urojenia popowe, bo dare jest wlasnie uosobieniem wszystkiego co wzbudza we mnie muzyczne obrzydzenie, na blisko 41 minutach udalo sie zawrzec tak wiele, a jednak tak niewiele, muzyka oparta wylacznie na elektronicznym brzmieniu z wokalem, ktory brzmi jak kazdy inny meski wokal, ktory jest wspierany dwoma zenskimi glosami tworzy mieszanke tak nudna, ze przesluchanie tych 40 minut stanowilo jedno z najtrudniejszych listowych wyzwan, ciezko mi znalezc pozytywne aspekty tego picka, moze tylko, ze jednak album sie konczy i piec minut po zakonczonym odsluchu czlowiek nie ma pojecia co go tak ogluszalo przez ostatnie 40 minut

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D sög? Lite (lite) bättre mot slutet men början av plattan var helt värdelös? Hade gärna levt klart mitt liv utan att höra denna.

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No.

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Y'a peut être des albums qui méritent plus d'être sur cette liste quand même..... A bon entendeur..

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I couldn’t quite put my finger on what was bothering me about Dare! until it finally hit me on the eighth track, ‘Seconds.’ Vocalist Philip Oakey, who was also involved in the collaborative writing of most of the songs, seems to be more of an observer than a participant of life. Or, at least he’s a very passive participant. The song following ‘Seconds,’ ‘Love Action (I Believe in Love)’ states as much: ‘I love your love action. Lust’s just a distraction. No talking, just looking. Watching your love action.’ On the opening track, detailing his list of things that dreams are made of- ‘like fun and money and food and love’- he manages somehow to, well, take the fun out of fun. No doubt it’s the purposefully monotonous synthesized music and vocals, the utter lack of dynamics, or instrumental solos, or a bridge, or some kind of deviation from what was just played on the song before, not to mention that one to follow. To be fair, there were two that were different, the first two on side two- ‘Get Carter,’ an odd instrumental played slowly, one note at a time, and ‘I Am the Law,’ an equally odd song void of percussion. I think it was meant to be a ‘thank you’ to the police for protecting us from the evil deeds of criminals, but it didn’t exactly exude gratitude. Philip and the League, true to form, just sounded bored. The German pioneers of this kind of danceable electronic music, Kraftwerk, are never going to win any awards themselves for stage presence (although they do offer some very interesting and creative surrounding visual accompaniments in concert), but their music does successfully communicate emotion and heart, even if in a stereotypically ‘cool’ German fashion. I’m a fan. So, maybe its because The Human League are likewise stereotypically stoic British mates simply keeping a stiff upper lip and all that rot; but, its confusing when on the first and second songs of Dare! the listener is encouraged, at least lyrically, to ‘Do all the things you’ve ever dared,’ and ‘Open your heart. Dare to feel,’ but to a sound that hardly conveys adventure, or passion, or any emotion at all other than apathy. Weird that they named themselves The Human League. Inside joke? Satire, perhaps? I don’t get it. Some of the songs did contain some melodic hooks, so important to pop music, so I’ll give ‘em that. But I dare you to try and find any kind of soul on Dare! I sure couldn’t.

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