Dare (album) by The Human League

Dare
Dare by The Human League (1981)
Overall rank: 828th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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75/100 (from 329 votes)
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Award Top 10 albums of 1981 (9th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (128th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (828th)

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From Junomoogmello 05/03/2019 18:55
Proof that minimalism works! A Roland TB303, a TR808, a couple of lead synths and a suitcase full of creativity. Although the lead vocal is not on a par with similar bands of the era, coupled with two female backing singers it really worked. After the departure of Ian Craig Marsh and Martyn Ware for Heaven 17, many thought it was the end of The Human League. This album certainly proved this was not the case. Essential eighties synth pop!
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85/100
From Bruunshaab 02/24/2019 18:57
80's classic - love that sound
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From ExTeaSea 02/08/2019 03:40
New Wave perfection. Great all the way through especially the second half. Synth heaven.
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75/100
From PeterSmith 09/16/2018 11:41
I loved the band at the time and had the album years ago but never replaced it with CD so lost track of this album for over 30 years. Gave it a fresh listen in 2017 and the tracks jumped back to me.
The Sound Of The Crowd was my favourite back then and remains so. Don't You Want Me, I Am The Law and The Things That Dreams Are Made Of show them at their best with their electric pop.
Darkness and Get Carter I can take or leave. Will be interesting to see if they keep top 100 after the nostalgia wears and I have many new albums to listen to....
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95/100
From stangetzaway 01/18/2018 00:27
Strawberry shortcake synth pop at its best. Heavenly swirling synthesizers and without an odious drum kit or guitar in site maybe one of the most revolutionary albums to receive popular and critical aclaim.
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70/100
From titansaurs28 01/11/2018 04:28
Catchy beats that are occasionally left in hollow backgrounds.
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From Brad1770 11/30/2017 05:03
As a 50 yo life long music fan the first record I ever purchased with my own money and free will was....Dare ! I remember buying it from Bundaberg ( QLD AUSTRALIA) Target & riding home on my bike & listening to it over and over again. I have this album to this very day What a great album to be my first , I listened to it for the first time in ages recently and boy did the memories come flooding back. Oh and it’s stood the test of time quite well IMO. Human League never came close to Dare in the ensuing years , and let’s be honest “ The Lebanon “ positively stinks. A well credentialed Music Critic once declared Dare alongside Abbey Road as an all time classic, dunno about that but Dare is bloody awesome
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From Rich150 10/12/2016 20:55
Enjoyable early 80's synth album, lead vocals I always find a little limited. When I consider Replicas was released two years prior to this album it's not as exciting. I'm an 80's synth lover but this isn't one of my favourites, there are certainly more melodic albums, but this still gets listened to. Don't You Want Me was a bit of a phenomenon though, and deservedly so.
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From garycottier 05/31/2016 19:06
One of the essential electro pop recordings. Dare, is a great album, the best the Human League ever made and it remains a highly influential LP. Don't you want me, is off course a classic track, a massive hit single in 1981. Elsewhere, love action, and, open your heart, are two more stunning songs. A superb release, an essential early eighties recording.
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From NoeSSS 05/12/2016 02:53
Best track: Don't You Want Me baby dont you want me oooohhhh
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Best Albums of 1981
1. Moving Pictures by Rush
2. Discipline by King Crimson
3. Computerwelt [Computer World] by Kraftwerk
4. My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts by Brian Eno & David Byrne
5. Damaged by Black Flag
6. Juju by Siouxsie And The Banshees
7. Time by Electric Light Orchestra
8. Faith by The Cure
9. Dare by The Human League
10. Ghost In The Machine by The Police
11. Fire Of Love by The Gun Club
12. Heaven Up Here by Echo & The Bunnymen
13. Deceit by This Heat
14. Killers by Iron Maiden
15. Greatest Hits by Queen
16. Escape by Journey
17. Diary Of A Madman by Ozzy Osbourne
18. The Ascension by Glenn Branca
19. Tattoo You by The Rolling Stones
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