Picks and Pans Review: Octopus

updated 05/01/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/01/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The Human League

Their hot new single "Tell Me When" has made the Human League hip again. But the tune is an infectious anachronism—the synthesizer trio still tinkle about as soullessly as they did in 1982, when they hit No. 1 with "Don't You Want Me." They continue to sleepwalk through inert microchip melodies like the lethargic "Words" and the robotic "Housefull of Nothing" and end up sounding like the B-52's on Valium. "These are the days/ It's time to put the past away," they assert on "These Are the Days." Too bad they didn't take their own advice. (EastWest)

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