Chris Lizotte - Human Kind

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

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Metro One MOCD1442
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.

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9. Psalm 69 [Listen]
11. Healing Oil [Listen]

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