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Dare (album) by The Human League 

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Dare
Dare by The Human League (1981)
Overall rank: 875th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
75/100 (from 307 votes)
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Accolades: Top 10 albums of 1981 (10th)
Top albums of the 1980s (133rd)
Top 1,000 albums of all time (875th)

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Average Rating: 
75/100 (from 307 votes)
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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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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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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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65/100
From NoeSSS 05/12/2016 02:53
Best track: Don't You Want Me baby dont you want me oooohhhh
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From Graeme2 04/01/2016 18:16
Boring?! Haha. Anyways if it is abba + kraftwerk, that's possibly the biggest compliment ever and sounds like the ultimate pop band. Not quite as fantastic as that really but pretty damn good.
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From exileonthehell 02/23/2016 22:53
Wow this album withou Don't you Want Me would be a boring new wave/synth album. As someone else said, this is like abba with kraftwerk, more abba than kraftwerk
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From Garyf1972 10/26/2014 20:25
When it comes down to synthesizers these were at the top of their game and very much a part of the 80's New wave era best tracks 'Open your Heart','Love Action' and the much overplayed 'Don't You Want Me'
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