Dare (studio album) by The Human League

Dare
Dare by The Human League
Year: 1981
Overall rank: 845th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
75/100 (from 360 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1981 (9th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (128th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (845th)

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Dare is ranked as the best album by The Human League.

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Dare track list

Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 79 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
75/100 (from 360 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 16% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 75.1/100, a mean average of 73.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 75.2/100. The standard deviation for this album is 17.8.

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75/100
From 05/10/2020 14:16
Classic album. Wonderful mix of pop at its best with electronic brilliance. A brilliant trio to open, great tracks like I Am the Law in between, and the two classic singles to finish.
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From 11/17/2019 15:38
No 808 or 303 on this. Drums are LinnDrum. Sleeve notes list all the gear they used. Great production by Martin Rushent.
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80/100
From 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 02/24/2019 18:57
80's classic - love that sound
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From 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 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 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 01/11/2018 04:28
Catchy beats that are occasionally left in hollow backgrounds.
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75/100
From 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 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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Best Albums of 1981
1. Moving Pictures by Rush
2. Computerwelt [Computer World] by Kraftwerk
3. Discipline by King Crimson
4. My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts by Brian Eno & David Byrne
5. Time by Electric Light Orchestra
6. Juju by Siouxsie And The Banshees
7. Damaged by Black Flag
8. Faith by The Cure
9. Dare by The Human League
10. Fire Of Love by The Gun Club
11. Deceit by This Heat
12. Ghost In The Machine by The Police
13. Heaven Up Here by Echo & The Bunnymen
14. Tattoo You by The Rolling Stones
15. The Ascension by Glenn Branca
16. Youth Of America by Wipers
17. Killers by Iron Maiden
18. Face Value by Phil Collins
19. Movement by New Order
20. Nightclubbing by Grace Jones
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