Dare! captures the moment when post-punk's robotic fascination with synthesizers met a clinical Bowiesque infatuation with fashion and modern art, including pop culture, plus a healthy love of songcraft. This songs have a self-conscious detachment that enhances the postmodern sense of emotional isolation, obsession with form over content, and love of modernity for its own sake. Few have manipulated technology in such an emotionally effective way. That wouldn't matter at all if The Human League songs themselves weren't smashing.