I still love these songs
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this recording was labeled a "sellout" when it was released--some things never change. if catchy tunes imbued with that great 80's synth sound and velvety vocals are a "sellout," then so be it! i found, and still find, this to be a great collection of songs--well-crafted, full of atmosphere, drum and synth heavy tunes that stick around, begging to be played and played again. glenn gregory has an incredible voice that brings a smooth, sophisticated vibe to the party. i still enjoy every song on here! if you long for the 80's AND sophistication (yes, it is possible) then check this one out."
Up there with the Best of H17
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This band has churned out some of the most quintessential eighties synth records of the 80s. This was their third outing and by far the most polished. It's slick and well (over?) produced and I absolutely love it. The lyrics showcase the band's great sense of humour and irony. Highlights include Sunset Now and And That's No Lie. If you love 80's pop you will love this album. Guaranteed."
Plenty fo stuff to like, a few misses
D. H. Richards | Silver Spring, MD USA | 07/17/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"How Men Are was, coming on the heels of the Luxury Gap and their massive UK hit "Temptation" something of a challenge. The production had moved from funky to more orchestral in nature, the songs less hook driven and more introspective. Still, I remember this being one of my favorite albums in the late 80s, I constantly played it and grew to love it. The Skin I'm In and Shame Is On the Rocks are classic Heaven 17 songs, full of bright pop sounds and yeah, funky I guess. The album has one of my all time fave Heaven 17 songs "Reputation," a shamefully over looked -should have been a hit single. ...And That's No Lie is a massive, almost Brian Wilson-type epic that has promise but seems half finished.
If anything, compared to the first two albums this one is more mature and less hit driven. Some tracks seem like filler, portents of things to come in hindsight. Not a bad album, certainly nothing embarrassing. But just wait..."