Bristol Evening Post November 2007

John Packwood

ON the second date of an intensive English and European tour, The Human League appeared at this smaller venue in front of an enthusiastic and packed audience.

For the first time ever, they presented the whole of their clasic 1980s album Dare. Highly commercial but never crass, and glowing with joyful melodies and upbeat lyrics, it remains one of the band's greatest achievements.

Starting with the poignant Things That Dreams Are Made Of, Phil Oakey, the lead singer, followed with two slower numbers - the moody Open Your Heart and the sombre Darkness.

Two rockers - The Sound of the Crowd and the catchy Do Or Die - preceded the clever I Am The Law, with its pithy words.

The two greatest hits on this album were the thundering Love Action (I Believe In Love) and the perennial favourite chart-topper Don't You Want Me.

Having given his all in the first half, Phil, and the hardworking backing duo Joanne Catherall and Susanne Sulley, exited for a short but well-earned break while the instrumental group performed Hard Times.

Returning resplendently dressed in glittering costumes, the girls joined Phil for four more songs, including Human, an outstanding song of betrayal and regret, and The Lebanon, a strong anti-war number.

After their 1996 hit, the stormy Tell Me When, the main part of the set ended with the lively Mirror Man.

The crowd were loath to let them go and the band returned for two encores - the politically pointed Being Boiled and, finally, the nostalgic Electric Dreams.

The stamina of Phil was truly amazing and, with excellent support from the two girls and the rest of the band, he never flagged throughout the 90-minute set.

The support act, One Two, was of a higher standard than usual. They included Paul Humphries, from Orchestral Manoueuvres in the Dark, and German vocalist Claudia Brucken, previously with Propaganda. They presented a few pleasant songs, including Duel, which Claudia sang in her native language.