The third album from the French robots saw them once again change up their sound from the catchy electropop of 'Discovery' into improvised repetitions and rockier sounds. 'Human After All' spawned the singles 'Robot Rock' and 'Technologic', though the band wouldn't release a studio album until 8 years later with the disco aping 'Random Access Memories'.
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8/10 gbar 17th April 2017
Alright, let's get the criticisms out the way first: Yes, it was rush-recorded. Yes, the sound has that experimental/demo quality. Yes, it's arty, over-repetitive and minimalistic. But despite all this, Human After All remains a very good album, although it's still seen by many as a sharp contrast to Discovery that pretty much broke the hearts of those who preferred that album. It may take repeated listens to truly understand it, but eventually the good tracks generally outweighs the mediocre, and there isn't a truly 'bad' track on here. The first three tracks are standouts, as is "Television Rules The Nation" and "Steam Machine". Make Love is a chilled track that draws comparisons to "Nightvision" on Discovery, as is the finale "Emotion". All I'll say is that you give this album a chance. Even if you don't like it straight away, Human After All will almost definitely grow on you. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's still a very good album in its own right.
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