Dont Always Look At The Rain - Howard Jones - Humans Lib
Label: WEA - WXC1,WEA - WX1C,WEA - 240335-4,WEA - 240 335-4 • Format: Cassette Album • Country: Sweden • Genre: Electronic, Pop • Style: Synth-pop
Human's Lib is an unintentionally revealing title for Howard Jones ' debut album. What first seems like a play on words reveals itself as something of an empowering manifesto, a shift that mirrors his music.
Upon first glance, Human's Lib appears to be state-of-the-art synth pop circa a record where every element outside of the human voices appears to be electronic. While that may well be true, Jones isn't a futurist the way Dont Always Look At The Rain - Howard Jones - Humans Lib peers as Depeche Mode or Eurythmics are.
At his core, Jones is a reconstituted free spirit, preaching the power of positive thinking and advocating universal love. His dedication to synthesizers does camouflage Jones ' innate hippie, which gives the album an appealing dichotomy: underneath his electronics and stylish haircut, he's singing about subjects better suited to acoustic guitars and tie-dyed T-shirts. Still, Human's Lib benefits from Jones ' complete immersion in synths, giving the album a glimmering sheen that remains Nashville Moon - Ronnie Milsap - Lost In The Fifties Tonight of the dawn of MTV.
In particular, "New Song" is quintessential post-New Wave synth pop, all percolating blips and analog washes held together by a massive melodic hook. Throughout Human's LibJones usually relies on texture, a move that makes the album an ingratiating artifact, but there are moments where his songcraft surfaces.
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