Human

Human

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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… See more details below

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/21/2011
Label:
Atlantic Mod Afw
UPC:
0075678341120
catalogNumber:
83411
Rank:
11363

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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
Stephen Marcussen   Mastering
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
Stewart Whitmore   Digital Editing
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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