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on 24 April 2003
A typical Ashcroft album. Great raw vocals, big guitar riffs and of course, inspired lyrics as illustrated in 'Man On A Mission'. This is one of a number of more upbeat songs than previously, 'Bright Lights' being another good example (and also my favourite!). The slower, moody songs are still there in numbers and many have a huge orchestral background sound like the hit single 'Check The Meaning'. A very powerful album which is certainly no disappointment.
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on 27 October 2002
I have read Rod from Tokyos reveiw and upon first hearing would have given a similar conclusion to Mr Ashcroft's no 2 album. Upon further listening though, different views appear. Chris potter's production is in one word immaculate in another sqeaky clean. But you hear method in what could be seen as madness. Never has Richard Ashcrofts voice sounded so majestic as on album opener 'check the meaning'. Comparable to Dion or Scott Walkers grandest statements, you hear a sweet, smooth ( yet a little sinister ) musical backing, fronted by a towering vocal which like Bing or Frank becomes AN INSTRUMENT! The other diverse songs come in the form of 'lord i've been trying', 'nature is the law', 'pleasure', 'god in the numbers'. All great peices of music, with country, classical, blues, and pet sounds all coming in to play. It's THAT voice though that gives it a razor sharp edge. The music glides, pushes and translates emotion to accompany THE VOICE. So in the end.... Its really special, just like Richard Ashcroft always promises.
By the way, I take it everyone elses heart melted when hearing the 'nature is the law' backing vocal. Two hard working perfectionists on one recorded peice of music. It sure beats will young and gareth gates churning stomachs on that beatle duet!
Keep the faith. The word is love.
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on 14 August 2009
This is Ashcroft at his confessional best. Always one to wear his heart on his sleeve, this album is his cathartic work, straight from his soul, the best collections of songs from all his verve and solo work, it rings with authenticity, beauty, and ultimately acceptance of death and a real sense of wonder of how it is to be alive.
Maybe one day this will be recognised as a definitive statement that it is on the 'human condition'
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on 27 October 2002
So its not as good as the Verve? Most solo efforts don't measure up to previous group success, however if slow tuneful lyrics and guitars are what you are after then this album has it. Ashcroft's lyrics are haunting and the tunes soulful. If you liked his previous solo effort then this album will not disappoint. Worthy of a listen.
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on 10 December 2003
well hes back and i like so many others was well impressed by another one of ashcrofts masterpieces that probably wont do aswell in the charts as we would like but will without adoubt stand the test of time and deserves any true music fans respect.........i only wait in anticipation for the next one............keep itup ritchy
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on 13 December 2006
forget the negativity! this is a great album, a grower yes! but ambitious, reflective, forward looking, not the norm for someone who was vomited out of the consumerist gullet of nineties brityawn onto the slithery back of the naughties (i hate that term) conservatism in music.

oh well!
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on 23 October 2002
First off: this LP is a real return to form after the AOR disappointment of Ashcroft`s first solo album `Alone With Everybody`.
All the Ashcroft trademarks are here; the soaring strings, the tackling of big issues, and THAT voice. For Ashcroft here sings with an unusual subtlety at times, giving the album a real diversity.
The songwriting is of his usual high standard; `Buy It In Bottles` recalls `The Drugs Don`t Work`, and first single `Check The Meaning` is as copper-polished grandiose as ever.
What `Alone With Everybody` really lacked, however, was a moment of true inspiration- a `Bittersweet Symphony` to shove it from good to great, from AOR to essential.
Enter Beach Boys chief Brian Wilson providing drenched backing vocals on this album`s final track `Nature Is The Law`.
Maybe not hitting the golden bullseye of The Verve`s `Urban Hymns` (what, to be fair, does?), `Human Condition` is magnificent nonetheless; a soaring, ambitious effort that canonises Ashcroft as one of Britain`s premier league rock musicians.
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on 28 May 2015
A good album,more melodic than previous record.It's a bit of a grower,a few listens and it gets better.
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on 4 June 2016
Simply stunning. One of the most underrated albums ever and a must for die hard Richard Ashcroft fans
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on 2 June 2015
Very talented solo musician i have bought all his cds.
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