Reactions from those who care that there's a new release from the Human League, the band's first in a decade, will likely fall into two opposing camps: those who are hoping for an album full of music that mimics the group's massive early-'80s hit "Don't You Want Me" and those who want the album to be anything but. You only have to get about a minute into Credo's opening song, "Never Let Me Go," to realize that it's not 1982 anymore as singer Susan Sulley's vocals are, gasp, Auto-Tuned! But the band, here a trio featuring longtime members Sulley, Joanne Catherall and group originator Philip Oakey has not lost its knack for turning out great dance pop, witness "Night People," a throbbing bass and gurgling synth dance floor burner that also features an irresistible chant-along chorus. "Night People" provides a perfect few minutes for those already on the dance floor but it's also destined to become an anthem for those who lurk in other dimly-lit places or those who wish they knew what it was like to be a denizen of the dark. Credo suffers a bit from a mid-album lull; the Duran Duran-like "Egomaniac," "Single Minded" and "Electric Shock" are not that memorable but Oakey and company turn things around for the robo-marching "Privilege" and the glittering "Breaking the Chains," a sing-along that is as close to "Don't You Want Me" as Credo gets. This one is maybe not for those who only love the Human League for the hit singles but those who've found pleasure in playing the band's albums all the way through in the past will find Credo a nice addition to the present.
The Human League - Credo