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Human
     

Human

4.2 7
by Rod Stewart
 

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It's never easy to tell which Rod Stewart will show up in the grooves of a new album, given potential guises as varied as the cocky rocker, the treacly balladeer, and the burnished soul smoothie. Fortunately, he sticks to the latter persona for most of this disc, his most consistently compelling outing in a long spell. Yes, the years have taken something of a toll on

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It's never easy to tell which Rod Stewart will show up in the grooves of a new album, given potential guises as varied as the cocky rocker, the treacly balladeer, and the burnished soul smoothie. Fortunately, he sticks to the latter persona for most of this disc, his most consistently compelling outing in a long spell. Yes, the years have taken something of a toll on his voice, but that weathered rasp sounds right at home on soul stirrers like the title track and "Smitten," the latter of which also features a turn by its composer, Macy Gray. Those songs, like most of Human, find Stewart shelving his brashness and putting his vulnerability on display, which makes songs like "Don't Come Around Here," a sweet duet with newcomer Helicopter Girl, as open and charming as anything in his considerable catalog. There are swaths -- notably "Soul on Soul" and "Loveless" -- so redolent of elevator music that you can practically see the "open door" button looming in front of you, but those moments are outweighed by off-the-wall digressions like the gentle trip-hop of "Charlie Parker Loves Me." While it's tough to say what the sax legend would really think of Rod the Mod, it's safe to say that longtime fans will find plenty to love on this disc, which lives up to its name with plenty of flesh-and-blood passion.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/21/2011
Label:
Atlantic Mod Afw
UPC:
0075678341120
catalogNumber:
83411
Rank:
114948

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rod Stewart   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jesse Johnson   Guitar
Sue Ann Carwell   Background Vocals
Carl Carwell   Background Vocals
Mark Knopfler   Guitar,Soloist
London Session Orchestra   Strings,Performing Ensemble
Pino Palladino   Bass
Chris Pelcer   Bass,Keyboards
Steve Pigott   Bass,Keyboards
Slash   Guitar
Joe Turano   Background Vocals
Yvonne Williams   Background Vocals
Gavyn Wright   Leader
Danielle Brisebois   Background Vocals
Conner Reeves   Background Vocals
Robyn Smith   Conductor
Robert MacIntosh   Guitar
Nick Richards   Percussion,Drums
Helicopter Girl   Track Performer
Gavin Wright   Leader
Connor Reeves   Background Vocals
Alexandria Brown   Background Vocals
Jeff Poseto   Background Vocals
Jackie Sinley-Stevens   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Sergey Rachmaninov   Composer
Marc Jordan   Composer
Rod Stewart   Producer
John Capek   Composer
Steve Kipner   Composer
Gregg Alexander   Producer
Steve Churchyard   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Simon Hurrell   Engineer
Danny Kortchmar   Vocal Producer
Christopher Neil   Producer,Vocal Producer
Rick Nowels   Producer,Vocal Producer
Brian Rawling   Producer
Walter Turbitt   Engineer
Toby Chapman   String Arrangements
Rob Dickins   Executive Producer
Simon Hale   translation
Gary Wallis   String Arrangements
Danielle Brisebois   Producer,Vocal Producer
Niven Garland   Remixing
Roger Sommers   Engineer
Richard Bates   Art Direction
Graham Stack   Producer
Robyn Smith   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Sam Noel   Engineer
Dennis Charles   Producer,Remixing
André Horstmann   Engineer
Andrea Brooks   Art Direction
Octave   Producer,Additional Production
Neil Aldridge   Engineer
Michelle Escoffery   Vocal Producer
Nick Richards   drum programming
Ed Colman   Engineer
Moe "The Man" El Khamlichi   Engineer
Chris Brown   Engineer
Steve Price   Engineer
Connor Reeves   Composer
Dave Wilder   Composer
Chris Brown   Engineer
Mark Taylor   Composer,Producer
Karl "K Gee" Gordon   Producer
Andrew Davis   Composer
Avril Mackintosh   Engineer,Pro-Tools

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Human 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think the title should have beem Soul to Soul. When I listened to the COMPLETE CD I cried on several songs.... He can put into words what so many people feel. Soul to Soul is sooo beautiful that My new Husband and I picked this as our wedding song. Loveless is another great song. I listen to this every day completelt thru. My niece says ''Oh God not again Aunt Kathe'' Charlie Parker loves me is so like the lost little boy. This album makes you feel the inside of your self the happy and sad, loved and heartbroken. Keep up the great work
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rod Stewart has put out a good, but not great CD in HUMAN. My main gripe is the order of songs. By far the ''kick off'' tune should have been ''I Can't Deny It'' which is the last track. Program your machine to start with track 11 and go in reverse order down to number 1, and you will enjoy it more. The songs get more and more ''canned'' sounding in that order, with ubiquitous drum machines, and sugar-sweet background vocals ( to appeal to the NSYNCH generation I suppose). There are a few positives: the guitars are beautifuly played and recorded. The background vocals are pristine and among the best sounding ever on an RS album. The songs are tight, well-crafted, and perhaps unfortunately sound ''made-to-order'' from very successful hit maker writers. There are a few guitar greats on the CD. Slash, if you know to listen rips a heavy-metal riff on the last half of the 1st track (last song the way I play the CD of course), and Mark Knopfler is there somewhere, but you gotta check the credits or you will miss him (and he is another favorite of mine). So all in all a good noble effort. But despite it's poor sales, ''When We Were The New Boys'' was a much more solid-rock collection. And this CD is only 3/5ths of my favorite 5 star RS CD (''Vagabond Heart'').
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard Rod on David Letterman say that he was really proud of this album, and since he's had so many albums I've enjoyed - I purchased HUMAN. I can understand why he's so proud. Its a great album start to finish. I'm a frequent user of the ''next selection'' button on the cd player, but I've played this album several times enjoying every song. Its an ''adult'' album that isn't easy listening either. Little touches of rock or gospel spice up the lush musical arrangements. If you have a nice stereo, you'll really appreciate the quality production job. Several guest stars show up as well. Macy Gray wrote and sings one song with Rod that is really nice, Slash gets solo time on the opening cut and Mark Knofler is featured on the first single. All in all, its an album I'd highly recomend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After seeing him for the first time in about 15 years while in Dallas on his Human tour, I was bitter sweet. Oh to hear those throaty, often brass lyrics of his ''rockin days''! But it wasn't there. I was a bit hurt to not hear the good old stuff. Then I remembered, as we all should, he has come back up time and time again from controversy and heartache. This last bout with throat cancer should have us all lucky we are even able to grow a little older listening to this icon. Buy this one! These songs reflect a changing man. One who has definately lived a life of lessons. It is reflected in this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great album. I thought Rod's voice was incredible and the songs on the album were all ''heart songs''.. tugging at your heart leaving you wanting more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My appetite was suitably whetted by the lead-off single, the Sam Cooke-influenced ''Run Back Into Your Arms,'' Stewart's best R&B offering in some time, so I was disappointed to find that HUMAN displays the best and worst of the man's musical judgement. Some tracks, like the classy ''Smitten,'' and ''To Be With You,'' with its nod towards country, complete with Duane Eddy guitar signature, really sizzle. But where are the rockers? Aside from the lively ''I Can't Deny It,'' which closes the album, there's not a single rock 'n' roll song here. Stewart is in great voice throughout, but he would have been too embarassed to croon a lame tune like ''It Was Love That We Needed'' even ten years ago. The biggest faux pas though, is the silly n'Sync-sounding title cut; someone should have let Stewart in on the joke before he stepped up to the mike. As such, only about half of HUMAN rewards the listener, but that half is very good indeed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is another solid product from Rod. This guy just keeps putting out good music, but agree with earlier comment that Can't Deny It should have been first track, and play in reverse order. Produced by Danielle Brisebois - who has provided her magic to Ronan Keating, Carly Hennessy and New Radicals, among others. She is a class act and shouldn't have her latest album's last release CANCELLED by her record company - in spite of outstanding critical reviews.\