The Human League - Dare

Limited Edition Picture Disc LP Record

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Dare is the third studio album by British synth-pop group The Human League, originally released in October 1981 via Virgin Records.

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, 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.

Check out the tracks: “The Sound Of The Crowd”; “Love Action (I Believe In Love)”; “Open Your Heart”; “Don’t You Want Me” and “The Things That Dreams Are Made Of”. 

This Limited Edition LP Picture Disc with remastered audio is pressed in Europe on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl via Virgin Records "Back to Black" series.

(0600753454473)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

The Things That Dreams Are Made Of

4:14

A2

Open Your Heart

3:53

A3

The Sound Of The Crowd

3:56

A4

Darkness

3:56

A5

Do Or Die

5:23

B1

Get Carter

1:02

B2

I Am The Law

4:14

B3

Seconds

4:58

B4

Love Action (I Believe In Love)

4:58

B5

Don’t You Want Me

3:56

SKU 0600753454473
Record Label Virgin Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 00600753454473
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 21 October 2013
Original Release Date (Year) 16 October 1981
Barcode # 0600753454473
Shipping Weight 0.2700kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Picture Disc, Reissue, Remastered Audio, "Back to Black" Series
Vinyl Colour Picture Disc
Genre Rock & Popular
Format PICTURE DISC

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