NME October 1999
… Dignified old-time entertainer Tony Christie and culture-observing
wunderkinds Phil Oakey, Jarvis Cocker and Stephen Babybird are among the
weirdy performers….. on '1st Man In Space', the Human League resume their
fantastically familiar, old-skool electronic pop, and again the futility of
striving to achieve, the pain, the fucking dumbness of it all is written all
too large: "I was the first man in space on our street... How come no-one
wants to know what I saw?". God, and we all know how that feels. Glistening
beneath the decay and tragedy sits blind hope and moral fortitude…..
The album gets 7/10
...1st Man in Space" features
and sounds like the
Human League — which is good, but
not all that interesting....