Open Your Heart

I may be the only person who doesn’t think of The Human League as typical 80’s one hit wonders (and doesn’t think that their biggest hit is necessarily their best.) They certainly minted what we think of as that classic 80’s synthpop sound (and the visual style.) They had the mannered plastic soul vocals, the layers upon layers of synthesizers, the catchy melodies, the aggravated romantic attitude, and the neo-kabuki eye makeup. In 1981, before all of those things became ubiquitous. And unlike most of the groups that would come to fame flaunting all of the above, Human League had at least one truly great album of amazing material. They never really matched Dare, which is a shame, but that’s still 10 songs that could each have been a hit single.


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