Human Conditions [Bonus Track]

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Since splitting the Verve a few years back, Richard Ashcroft has burrowed further and further into his own universe -- a space that's dappled with the muted tones of a perpetual sunset. Ashcroft has grown into quite the eloquent -- and elegant -- balladeer, a talent he demonstrates across the breadth of Human Conditions. The disc is somewhat less swoony than his love-sodden solo debut, Alone with Everybody, but still imbued with introspective emotion, particularly on the soulful "Man on a Mission" and "Science of Silence." He frequently tries to tap into the primordial ooze that spawned the works of folks as spiritually kindred -- if stylistically removed -- as Nick ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Since splitting the Verve a few years back, Richard Ashcroft has burrowed further and further into his own universe -- a space that's dappled with the muted tones of a perpetual sunset. Ashcroft has grown into quite the eloquent -- and elegant -- balladeer, a talent he demonstrates across the breadth of Human Conditions. The disc is somewhat less swoony than his love-sodden solo debut, Alone with Everybody, but still imbued with introspective emotion, particularly on the soulful "Man on a Mission" and "Science of Silence." He frequently tries to tap into the primordial ooze that spawned the works of folks as spiritually kindred -- if stylistically removed -- as Nick Drake and Hank Williams Sr., and on the deeply furrowed "Buy It in Bottles," Ashcroft hits every nerve. On the rare occasions that he decides to pump up the volume, as on the raga-flavored "Bright Lights," the momentum is thrown off, but by the end of the disc-closing "Nature Is the Law," his course seems steadied, the path winding but ultimately terminating in a place of quiet beauty.
All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Richard Ashcroft is a deeply inquisitive man, probably too much for his own good. His regimen of frequently questioning God and overanalyzing the theories of love naturally work for him, so the design of Human Conditions isn't any different from what he's done before. But that's not necessarily a bad thing, either. Human Conditions is, in a literal sense, Ashcroft's sonic bible of beautifully crafted melodies and lyrical mysticism. The warm, honeyed tones of a hushing brass section and string arrangements set the mood on album opener "Check the Meaning." A battle of search and fight is realized almost immediately. God is female and Ashcroft's lyrical character struggles with trust. Sweeping acoustic guitars drive the lilting paranoia of "Buy It in Bottles" and "God in the Numbers," but the bluesy feel of "Bright Lights" is much more gritty. Ashcroft might be a bit preoccupied with finding a good life, but who isn't? He's playful in presentation and actually pretty sweet when it comes to delivering a pop hook. "Nature Is the Law," which features harmonies from Beach Boy Brian Wilson, is a testament of that. Whereas Alone with Everybody was lush in emotion but musically over-produced, Human Conditions stays within the boundaries. It's a decent second album and longtime Verve enthusiasts should leave it at that. [Also released with a bonus track, "Miracle."]
Rolling Stone - Peter Relic
Ashcroft's mastery of balladry makes "Buy It in Bottles" his best since the Verve's "Lucky Man."
Spin Magazine
Stunning pop for pale after-party people. (8)
Entertainment Weekly - Jim Farber
You won't find a better example of British soul than "Check the Meaning." (A)

Ashcroft's mastery of balladry makes "Buy It in Bottles" his best since the Verve's "Lucky Man."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/2003
  • Label: Emi Mod Afw
  • UPC: 724381338421
  • Catalog Number: 13384
  • Sales rank: 260,328

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Check the Meaning (8:04)
  2. 2 Buy It in Bottles (4:39)
  3. 3 Bright Lights (5:15)
  4. 4 Paradise (5:37)
  5. 5 God in the Numbers (6:58)
  6. 6 Science of Silence (4:15)
  7. 7 Man on a Mission (5:29)
  8. 8 Running Away (4:16)
  9. 9 Lord I've Been Trying (5:23)
  10. 10 Nature Is the Law (4:56)
  11. 11 The Miracle (3:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Richard Ashcroft Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Wurlitzer
Brian Wilson Background Vocals
Matt Clifford Wurlitzer
Chuck Leavell Piano, Hammond Organ
London Community Gospel Choir Choir, Chorus
The London Session Orchestra Strings
Peter Salisbury Drums
Steve Sidelnyk Percussion
Talvin Singh Tabla, Madal, Drones, Duggi Tarang, Shruti Box
Gavyn Wright Leader
Will Malone Conductor
Kate Radley Keyboards
Jim Hunt Flute, Saxophone
Craig Wagstaff Percussion
Martyn Campbell Bass
Technical Credits
Love Art Direction
Brian Wilson Vocal Arrangements
Richard Ashcroft Producer, Art Direction
Tony Cousins Mastering
Chris Potter Producer
Steve Sidelnyk Programming, drum programming
Talvin Singh beats
Will Malone Orchestral Arrangements
Christopher Marc Potter Producer
José Luis Cortés Illustrations
Richard Robson Programming
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