10 years after their last album Secrets hit the shelves, The Human League returned with Credo, which received mixed reviews upon its release but better general feedback than their slightly disappointing 2001 effort.
How does the album fare, then?
Well, Credo opens with second single “Never Let Me Go”, a simple yet effective and very catchy tune with a great bridge and a great chorus. A cool song which starts the album on a high note. The album’s first single, “Night People”, is next and it’s a dancier, more club-friendly track in that it’s faster-paced and altogether very energetic. A fun, memorable retro song.
The next song on the album is simply called “Sky”, the third single released from the album, and it’s a good song despite not having the greatest, most intricate lyrics out there. The song develops really well, though, and its nice melody pulls it through. As for “Into The Night”, it’s an atmospheric little song with a more nostalgic feel to it: it makes a good driving song.
“Egomaniac” is one I’m surprised didn’t get released on its own as it’s got a catchy hook to it and a pretty, upbeat chorus. The vocals are lower-pitched at first and the build-up feels like a battle song but the contrast the song delivers is what makes it as enjoyable as it is. “Single Minded” is the sixth track on the album and it’s a Duran Duran-esque, happier song. Unfortunately, it suffers from a disappointingly off chorus which just doesn’t gel at all with the rest of the song and, ultimately, kinda kills it.
We’re back in faster, dancier territory with the next song, however, “Electric Shock” being an entertaining piece of clubby electro which may not build up to much and which may be a tad repetitive as a whole but which still works well enough that you’ll enjoy it ok. “Get Together” follows and it’s one of the best songs on the album. Not much to say about that one except that it’s got a good beat and a nice melody. It’s just a solid, memorable song.
“Privilege” opens with a slower thumping beat before delivering a cool robot-voiced chorus. It’s not the catchier song on the album but that robot voice is hard to resist. Song number 10, “Breaking The Chains” is another good one. It’s not too different from what we’ve heard before, though, and could almost be another version of one of the previous songs. It has a familiar ring to it. And, last but not least, we get “When The Stars Start To Shine”, which opens with a confident beat and has its really good moments although it’s a bit all over the place and ultimately kind of forgettable.
I could definitely see how this album would get mixed reviews. You can clearly hear the old Human League in there but there’s a sense that every single note has been worked on to death, the album just doesn’t get a chance to breathe enough.
That said, there’s a lot of good stuff in there, more good stuff than bad. You’ve got some great, catchy tunes you’ll be humming long after listening to the album and want to hear again. It may not be vintage Human League but it’s a worthy comeback and a really nice surprise.
That’s a very strong 3 Ziggies out of 5 for Credo.