Chris Lizotte - Human Kind

Saturday 1st June 1996
Chris Lizotte - Human Kind
Chris Lizotte - Human Kind

STYLE: Rock
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 6256-6111
LABEL: Metro One MOCD1442
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1
RELEASE DATE: 1996-06-07
RRP: £10.99

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Opening with the melodic title cut, followed by the slightly more up tempo 'The Love Of The Father's Arms", it is quickly apparent that Lizotte pens songs that are catchier than the proverbial cold. A rare matching of sensitivity with musical creativity makes this atmospheric album pure joy! Breakout really occurs with Lizotte's energetic crashing guitar on "You Put The Fire In Me" which reminded me of Peter Case's rockier moments. Somehow Lizotte manages to create magnificently moody music helped here by some magnificent organ by producer John Schreiner. The brilliant ballads "In My Time" and "I Got It AH" are Lizotte's reflections on life and the satisfaction of simple things. Lizotte makes amazing music and matches it with lyrics that search for heavenly truth in every day existence. Best example is the album's closing song inspired by the sad death of a close friend. On "Healing Oil", Chris pours out his heart over a gentle distorted guitar in a delicate, distinct beautiful brave prayer of hope in the face of death. Heartbreakingly powerful. Musically more expansive in style than 'Long Time Coming1, Lizotte manages to maintain intimacy while broadening the range of styles. "Pure Of Heart" is mid period Beatles prog rock meeting a bit of grunge and "Hard Enough" showcases his excellent simultaneously rough and smooth vocal styling. Great voice and one of the best albums of the year. It doesn't get better than this.

The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.

Interested in reviewing music? Find out more here.

Sample Track Listing:
1. Human Kind [Listen]
2. The Love Of The Fathers Arms [Listen]
3. In My Time [Listen]
4. You Put The Fire In Me [Listen]
5. I Got It All [Listen]
6. The Sun Done Went Away [Listen]
7. Pure Of Heart [Listen]
8. Hard Enough [Listen]
9. Psalm 69 [Listen]
10. I'm Gonna Stand By You [Listen]
11. Healing Oil [Listen]

This track data is supplied by the Cross Rhythms CD/DVD review library. Please note that CD tracks may vary according to release region or product version.

Be the first to comment on this article

We welcome your opinions but libellous and abusive comments are not allowed.












We are committed to protecting your privacy. By clicking 'Send comment' you consent to Cross Rhythms storing and processing your personal data. For more information about how we care for your data please see our privacy policy.