Rolling Stone (3/1/01, p.52) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Rod once again sounds mod....although HUMAN occasionally slides into easy-listening soul, the still-spiky star delivers assured, remarkably smooth vocals throughout..."
Q (4/01, p.106) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Easily his most cheering, soulful collection in years..."
Mojo (Publisher) (4/01, p.104) - "...An album signed and sealed by the quality of his singing....the impression is of all ego finally set aside in favor of engaging musical honesty."
This is a Hyper CD which contains regular audio tracks and provides a link to the artist's website with the help of a web browser.
Personnel includes: Rod Stewart (vocals); Slash, Jess Johnson, Robbie McIntosh, Mark Knopfler (guitar); Steve Pigot, Chris Pelcer (keyboards, bass); Pino Palladino (bass); Nick Richards (percussion, programming); Connor Reeves, Sue Ann Carwell, Karl Carwell, Yvonne Williams, Alexandria Brown (background vocals); The London Session Orchestra.
Producers include: Greg Alexander, Dennis Charles, Karl "K-Gee" Gordon, Christopher Neil, Rod Stewart.
Engineers include: Steve Churchyard, Chris Brown, Ed Colman.
Rod Stewart's first solo album of the millennium finds the gravel voiced R&B shouter with an ear very firmly cocked towards prevailing commercial trends. As a result, most of HUMAN is in the sort of international pop style best defined by the Britney Spears/Backstreet Boys axis, which may flummox longtime fans, at least initially. To his credit, however, Stewart feels free to mess with the formula from time to time, as when he has Slash provide dive bomb guitar power chording on the title tune.
Elsewhere, he holds his own with hip-hop diva Helicopter Girl on "Don't Come Around Here," does a very convincing imitation of Curtis Mayfield on "It Was Love That We Needed" (an overlooked gem from Mayfield's overlooked final album). He gets all alt-country on "To Be With You" (penned by the Mavericks' Raul Malo) and makes a bid to return classical great Sergei Rachmaninov to the pop charts (for the first time since Eric Carmen's "1976 All By Myself") with the lovely "If I Had You."
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