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Album Review

Human's Lib is fueled by the nonstop synth-pop hooks and brightly textured melodies that went on to be a trademark of Howard Jones. His brand of spirited keyboard-and-lyric exuberance lent itself to a large part of the mid-'80s, especially in Britain. The tracks on Human's Lib are energetic and colorful, coming to life the best on "New Song," a number 27 hit for Jones in the U.S., and on the finely structured "What Is Love?," which gave him the number 33 spot on the singles chart four months later. While both of these songs rested at the bottom end of Billboard's Top 40, they went to number three and number two, respectively, in the U.K., with the album going all the way to number one, proving that his techno-pop stylings were better-appreciated on his side of the Atlantic. Outside of the singles, the album still holds well, with efforts like "Hide and Seek," "Conditioning," and "Pearl in the Shell" following through with a buoyant but orderly techno-pop keenness mustered through his clean use of the synthesizer. Although 1985's Dream Into Action is tighter both musically and lyrically, Human's Lib acts as a well-grounded starting point for Jones' future success.

Customer Reviews

Listening to this album just makes you feel good...

This record, IMHO, is song for song one of the best albums of this eighties. Every track is completely different, the melodies are great and the philosophy reflected in the lyrics is positive and deep. All of these qualties will have you listening again and again. Unlike alot of the music of the eighties, this is anything but trite.


I am 44 years old. I heard "What is Love" for the first time when I was 17. I have listened to this song everyday since. It's been my favorite for the last 27 years.

Listening to Howard has always been a personal joy. I have never had a chance to see him perform live. Still an entry on my bucket list! He's a great writer, singer and musician. And Human's Lib is a titanic achievement for him. I own all his albums. And love each in its own way. But you always come home in the end. And what a homecoming it is! Brilliant.

BEWARE! What is Love? is the wrong track on this album.

If you go to any other source and refer to the album Human's Lib by Howard Jones the track, "What is Love?" is not 3:37 mins its 6:33 mins. For some reason Itunes is selling the incorrect track. The original version at 6:33 mins is much better and should be available on this album. Very dissappointed.


Born: February 23, 1955 in Southampton, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Howard Jones was one of the defining figures of mid-'80s synth pop. Jones' music merged the technology-intensive sound of new wave with the cheery optimism of hippies and late-'60s pop. Jones racked up a string of hits in the mid- and late '80s before he retreated into being a cult figure in the '90s. A native of Southampton, England, Jones learned how to play piano at the age of seven. By the time he was a teenager, his family had relocated to Canada, which is where he joined his first band, a...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Alternative, New Wave, Adult Contemporary, Pop/Rock
  • Released: 1984

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