Album Name: The Human Value
Artist: The Human Value
Year/Label: 2006 / Big Deal Records
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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell
The Human Value’s debut is an abrasive and thrilling work, propelled by vocalist Turu and multi-instrumentalist Hiram.
Turu’s Siouxsie-esque vocals drive opener “Give Me” with its strong riffs home.
“You Want Him” is a new wave song, the angular riffs not at odds with melody and accessible hooks.
“Lonely Girl” is sharp and pitiless and Turu’s vocals blend well into the instrumentation.
“Somebody” sees the band sounding terrific, the spiky melody helped by Turu and Hiram duetting.
Human Value’s debut will be much loved by fans of alternative music.
Posted on January 18, 2007
Review by David Adair
The new wave, new wave crave is marching to the UK and the potential leaders of it, America’s The Human Value capture a buzzing sound and shake it like it’s a poor man’s money box, to produce Blondie-eqsue provocation and XTC style eccentric frivolity. The crawling vocal approach of Turu that has a mechanical effect turns the wheels of this satiating grinder of an A side.
The hollow percussive build up to B-side ‘Nashville #5’, helps to set a nostalgic feel that throws matters into a reflective vortex at which throbbing instrumentals are the centrepiece. There is a lustful hunger that trickles through Turu’s stammering vocals, lifting the number’s quaintness to a catchy high ground. The vocals take a delightful turn towards the Katie Jane Garside manner, in the salacious glam/punk melting pot of ‘She’ and keeps this purring first single bubbling throughout its entirety.
This review applies to the EP which only has a few of these songs on it.
Posted on March 22, 2006
1. Give Me
2. You Want Him
3. Kill Pangs
4. Lonely Girl
5. Nashville No.5
8. Parts Per Million
9. Won’t Be Long
13. Springtime She Waits