NIGHT PEOPLE REVIEWS
www.guardian.co.uk November 2010
The Sun November 2010
Proving that not everything gets
better with age, this drab electro-pop effort is as bad as it is farcical.
http://electronicrumors.com November 2010
The Human League
are back! And they’re taking names and kicking ass!
We were right in our previous assessment, there is something of ‘The Sound Of The Crowd’ about it. It’s sounding both really 80’s, and pretty contemporary too. Almost like a modern reMix of a classic The Human League track. The second half of the song is particularly epic when it evolves from early THL sounding chants to a sweeping finale.
It’s so good to have them back!
Punchy, tight and almost minimal, Night People is a worthy comeback with its wonderfully elastic synthbass, trancey touches and enchanting deadpan vocals. Co-written by Philip Oakey and regular League sideman Rob Barton with Dean Honer and Jarrod Gosling aka I MONSTER who also produce, among those contributing remixes are French disco pioneer CERRONE, Rock 'N' Roll destroyer MYLO, funky electrotech merchant EMPEROR MACHINE and Belgian trio VILLA.
Given that electro-pop is now officially (at least still at the time of writing) the nation's favourite music, you could be forgiven for expecting the League to return after their usual lengthy hiatus with a good but relatively safe synth-pop song of the sort they've been knocking out sporadically ever since 'Dare!' And whilst 'Night People' is no major departure - they've not gone post-rock or anything - it's arguably the group's most surprising and unlikely single since 1984's 'The Lebanon'.
It seems to be striving for some kind of post-Xenomania non-conformist pop wherein standard verse/chorus convention is dismissed for loads of random bits thrown together that end up working by virtue of their individual and synergistic brilliance. There's also the faint, though possibly misleading, suggestion - mainly by way of the ludicrous lyrics and general air of deranged pop - that Oakey has listened to the group's two pre-'Dare!' albums for inspiration.
Thankfully, it's neither awful, nor embarrassing. In fact, after several listens, it eventually reveals itself to be almost a preposterously brilliant pop song from Phil, The Girls and whoever has programmed this album for them.
On the remix front, Cerrone do
disco, Mylo pretends it's 1985 for three seconds before going a bit Northern
Soul, whilst Emperor Machine try throbbing hi-NRG/Italo. Best of the bunch
is Villa's frenetic Frankmusik-esque wonky pop, but none are a match for the
www.league-online.com November 2010
My initial response to reviewing this promo was 'Do I really have to write about the same track seven times?' On first listening, however, I was left eating, sleeping and dreaming 'Night People' as it is immediately evident that each remix does bring a uniqueness and new edge to this long awaited comeback
Having only been won over to the
remixing idea in the last couple of years, I had mostly found them either a
pointless exercise of regurgitating or an irritating corruption of a great
single. It does seem some knob twiddling and clever tweaking can personalise
a good track for other artists and for the fans alternative listening
preferences. This promo illustrates this exceptionally and I think for now
my favourite is the Emperor Machine
Extended Vocal. As is often the case, favourites change with more
The single and radio edits obviously had to be condensed , however, the long intro of repetition with title lyrics 'Night People' is saved at the expense of fade out just as the track gets going which is a pity
What the remixes seem to
do is put the punch back in the track that was so evident in the live clip
leaked a couple of weeks back whilst also making sure there is something for
everybody in The Human League's fan base diversity.
www.digitalspy.co.uk December 2010
Little Boots lined up a duet
with Phil Oakey for her album, La Roux borrowed not only their sound but
said frontman's hairdo and Lady GaGa herself is apparently a fangirl. Given
that electropop's been having a bit of a moment for a couple of years now,
the most surprising thing about the re-emergence of The Human League is that
it's taken them this bloody long.