The Human League ‎– Romantic?

Label:
Virgin ‎– CDV 2624, Virgin ‎– CDV2624, Virgin ‎– 260 984
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CD, Album
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Tracklist Masquer Crédits

1 Kiss The Future
Engineer [Assistant] – David Dodd*Engineer [Extra] – Mike "Spike" DrakeMixed By – The Creators (3)Producer – Mark Brydon, Robert GordonWritten-By – Sutton*, Oakey*
4:13
2 A Doorway?
Engineer [Assistant] – David Dodd*Engineer [Extra] – Mike "Spike" DrakeMixed By – The Creators (3)Producer – Mark Brydon, Robert GordonWritten-By – Sutton*, Oakey*, Dennett*
4:21
3 Heart Like A Wheel
Engineer – Timm BaldwinEngineer [Mix] – Neil O'Connor (3)Producer, Mixed By – Martin RushentWritten-By – Reynolds*, Callis*
4:30
4 Men Are Dreamers
Engineer [Assistant] – David Dodd*Mixed By – Bob Kraushaar, Danton SuppleProducer, Engineer – Timm BaldwinWritten-By – Oakey*, Dennett*
3:54
5 Mister Moon And Mister Sun
Engineer – Mike "Spike" DrakeEngineer [Assistant] – David Dodd*Mixed By – William OrbitWritten-By – Sutton*, Oakey*
4:43
6 Soundtrack To A Generation
Engineer [Assistant] – David Dodd*Mixed By – Danton SuppleProducer, Mixed By – Bob KraushaarWritten-By – Sutton*, Oakey*
4:36
7 Rebound
Engineer – Mike "Spike" DrakeMixed By – William OrbitWritten-By – Sutton*, Oakey*
3:57
8 The Stars Are Going Out
Engineer – Mike "Spike" DrakeEngineer [Assistant] – David Dodd*Mixed By – William OrbitWritten-By – Sutton*, Oakey*
4:05
9 Let's Get Together Again
Engineer – Mike "Spike" DrakeEngineer [Assistant] – David Dodd*Mixed By – William OrbitWritten-By – Shephard*, Rossall*
5:01
10 Get It Right This Time
Engineer – Timm BaldwinEngineer [Mix] – Neil O'Connor (3)Producer, Mixed By – Martin RushentWritten-By – Rae*, Callis*
4:12

Sociétés, etc.

Crédits

Notes

℗ 1990 Virgin Records Ltd. © Virgin Records Ltd.

CD states "Manufactured in Austria".

Cat# CDV 2624 and 260 984 on booklet and rear insert; cat# CDV2624 on CD label.

Jewel case with 8 page booklet.

Initial copies has a circular sticker on jewel case stating "INCLUDES THE HIT Heart Like A Wheel CDV 2624".

Code-barres et Autres Identifiants

  • Barcode (Text): 5 012981 262426
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5012981262426
  • Price Code (F-): PM 518
  • Matrix / Runout (Mirrored - Variant 1): CDV-2624 11 MASTERED BY DADC AUSTRIA
  • Matrix / Runout (Mirrored - Variant 2): CDV-2624 21 MASTERED BY DADC AUSTRIA

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Cat n° Artiste Titre (Format) Label Cat n° Pays Année
CDV 2624 The Human League Romantic?(Cass, Album) Virgin CDV 2624 Brazil 1990 Vendre cette version
CD-5316 The Human League Romantic?(CD, Album, Club) A&M Records, Virgin CD-5316 US 1990 Vendre cette version
210 984, V 2624 The Human League Romantic?(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 210 984, V 2624 Europe 1990 Vendre cette version
V 2624 The Human League Romantic?(LP, Album) Virgin V 2624 UK 1990 Vendre cette version
210984 The Human League Romantic?(LP, Album) Virgin 210984 Spain 1990 Vendre cette version

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6 novembre 2018
edité 5 months ago
"Romantic?" should have been a return to form - "Heart Like a Wheel" that announced the comeback already sounded like johnny-come-lately in the year 1990, still it had all the perfect ingredients of the group's spot-on hit work (after all, it was Martin Rushent who worked on this particular song). Secondly, judging from the production team the group joined forces with at the time, "Romantic?" really should have delivered - alongside Rushent, there's Mark Brydon, Robert Gordon, William Orbit and Bob Kraushaar but sadly, with "Kiss the Future" (a promising title though), the shot on the very front cover was immediately evident of a group so tired and desperate for creative recovery.

With the MKII-era line-up long gone, the core-trio maintained some of its image consistency, but the aforementioned opening song with its cheesy horns and trendy beat of the day, immediately reflected the forced sound of "Crash". Somewhere between Jam & Lewis and LA Reid & Babyface, "Kiss the Future" would have passed for any newcomer's attempt at imitating the likes of Bobby Brown...

But there's still mediocre-to-the-core to come - "Let's Get Together Again" is arranged in the worst of the Eurosong fashion, a cheap electro-contender that would have ended up with zero points regardless. And just when we thought it couldn't get any sadder, along comes "Soundtrack to a Generation". After exposure to this particular song, one cannot help but wondering why the album didn't bear the title "Ironic?". "Get It Right This Time" is actually a rather good a song that would have fitted in better with "Hysteria" (instead of "Don't You Know I Want You") or the "Electric Dreams" soundtrack album - however, on a 1990 album it sounded ever so hopelessly dated (additionally, it very much resembled "Love on the Run" from 1986), despite Martin Rushent's involvement. "Men Are Dreamers" only added to the landslide, a dull and utterly forgettable ballad, where Oakey & Co. were emulating the worst of the omnipresent fifth-rate mainstream pop formula.

Some of the songs did get a grip on the League's post-1981 successes; "The Stars Are Going Out" showed some promise, as did "Rebound" - this one is actually the second strongest to "Heart Like a Wheel", slightly darker in tone, radiant with the League's well-known synth-pop charm; both "Heart Like a Wheel" and "Rebound" were cleverly coupled for the single release - and as such, these two remain the only material from "Romantic?", worth repeated listening. The rest equals a painfully rhetorical question in the album's title.