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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

Brings back memories....

I remember seeing Howard Jones perform at Up All Night in Irvington, NJ right after this album came out. One of my favorite artists and CD's from the 80's!!

Great Memories

This brings back great memories of H.S. in the 80's. The album epitomizes everything fun and good about the decade.

Timeless

I had the great fortune of seeing Howard Jones perform this album and Dream Into Action in their entireties. Unlike many 80s acts that sound dates in 2012, these songs hold up well over the decades. Jones was definitely ahead of his time.

Biography

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-...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Pop/Rock, Adult Contemporary, Alternative, New Wave
  • Released: 1984

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