BRUSSELS 2005 REVIEWS

 

www.pop-rock.be May 2005

“The concert of The Human League, the mythical electro-pop band that was at the height of its fate in the eighties, left us with a bitter taste yesterday evening at the “Cirque Royal”. In front of an audience of thirty-year old people, the Sheffield band did not transcend us as we thought they would. Although the set-list was scattered with unforgettable hits, the show did not really work. The Lebanon, the 1984 hit, was nearly murdered in the first minutes of the show.
Susanne Sulley and Joanne, the 2 singer / chorus singer, barely cheerful and sadly rigged out like old streetwalkers [sic !]
once again lacked accuracy, that’s the least one can say. Despite the great shape and good mood of Philip Oakey, the shaved head singer, wearing Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses and heaving a melancholic tone, it was a lacklustre show. Up to the point of thinking that the refined sophisticated pop of the Human League does not stand the test of time ? Maybe. Let us hope the new DVD “Live at the Dome”  is something of a different class.”

Loosely translated from French

 

Belgian Newspaper May 2005

Take Don’t You Want Me and you have the definition of that particular decade the ´80s, the romanticism of electronica… Celebrations are insured. 

With Dare in 1981, The Human League made a milestone of combining experimental with the commercial.  Frontman Phil Oakey (49) no longer sports the straight long hair, but has a sharp cut crop with high edges. Its still the characteristic voice, its still the high voices of Joanne Catherall (42) and Susanne Sulley (42), whom have gained weight and wrinkles, but wringe themselves with unchanged serious looks in their tight latex clothes. The way they open, with extra bass, provokes many grins. The Lebanon, Human, Don't You For Me.  So many hits, so long ago, but they stand effortless the test of time. However, you can scarcely say that The Human League are relevant to 2005. Even the ooh's and aah's of Mirror Man came from the old box…

7/10

Loosely translated from dutch

 

Belgian Newspaper May 2005

Günter Van Assche

ERA OF THE EIGHTIES IN ROYAL CIRCUS

The Eighties rules

Last saturday night at Les Nuit Botanique flowed seamless in each other as if it was 31st december around midnight.  With the elektropop of Vive La Fête and the eighties hitmachine The Human League, the Royal Circus stood complete in the sign of top Nuit Nostalgique.  Reunions smell vaguely of the panic of moneygrabbing, hopeless has-beens, and mostly make a mockery of past glory.  In the case of The Human League, this doesn’t aply, the group after still excists.  And after this recent tour, the British dance group is easily justified. Their songs have lost nothing of their power and plays the legendary tracks in the original style.  Furthermore the sound of The Human League forms the blueprint for the career of just about all contemporary groups that plays elektro…

Apart from the millionseller Dare!, The Human League has always been a group more known for brilliant singles than great albums.  It was no surprise then that the British group had the whole crowd in their grasp, with their pumping jukebox of hits. The groups members didn’t seem to have changed at all, as if they had spent the last twenty years on a strict diet of Botox and coke.  The shiny faces of singer Phil Oakey and his two voluptuously twisting singers appeared not to have aged at all. Only the striking hairstyle of Oakey had disappeared.  But the opening song 'Seconds' had underwent a facelift, while Open Your Heart' was also brought out in a spun out version.  The timeless sounds was approved by the crowd, from squeky young to nostaglic glam-rockers, that all sang along to the songs with euphoria – the ultimate proof that The Human League sound timeless, even without making their presecnece on the hitlist.  With 'Dont You For Me', that was released before a large portion of the crowd was even born, made the venue reach boiling point. …There was no doubt; The Human League songs shone through.

Loosely translated from Dutch