Its hard to believe that it is now thirty years ago since the Human Leagues masterpiece DARE a ground breaking album of brilliant originality, and although there have been some good songs along the way, for me they have never managed to recapture the magic of Dare. Could Credo be the answer and give us DARE2? Sadly no.
Listening to Credo you feel that musically the band said all they had to say some years ago now, but its good that they are still around. Unfortunately for me there is a real banality to a lot of the music and lyrics on this album, as they say the same lyric in some songs repeatedly over and over again, and some of the songs feel on one level and begin to blend into one another, each song sounding too much like the last.
Although there songs have been remixed by many artists; musically things havent really developed a great deal since the 1980s, with a lot of fairly DIY synthwork that reminds me of their early more raw sounding work from the late 1970s. But the analogue synthesisers do have some warmth and charm with good dance beats all with the familiarity of Phil Oakeys baritone and the girls Sulley and Catheralls distinctive vocals.
Credo is slightly nostalgic, but doesn't match up to past albums and for me it unfortunately does not move them forward in a positive manner either. The songs are at their best when the lyrics are powerful and I do like SKY, EGOMANIAC and their new single NEVER LET ME GO, but cannot warm to many of the other tracks like NIGHT PEOPLE the first single from the album and ELECTRIC SHOCK.
The songs manage to form a good line between dance and pop as you would expect, but its difficult to imagine who their new audience will be in 2011 other than true Human League fans like myself. Credo does have some winning moments, but not enough to catapult them back to their great success thirty years ago. I really wanted to be able to say that this album is fantastic, but it's not. However, all that said, I am pleased they are still around doing their thing.