ARTIST: Black Stone Cherry
ALBUM: The Human Condition
RELEASE DATE: 30 October 2020
CITY: Edmunton, Kentucky
GENRE: Hard Rock
Chris Robertson (Vocals and Guitar)
Ben Wells (Guitars and Backing Vocals)
Jon Lawhon (Bass and Backing Vocals)
John Fred Young (Drums, Percussion, Piano and Backing Vocals)
This album took me by surprise. I didn’t think I’d be bouncing in my seat to it at 6am, but here we are. It’s that good. Southern rockers, Black Stone Cherry, have compiled a refreshingly fun album, and I have a feeling it’s one I’m going to return to frequently.
The Human Condition has an interesting backstory. The album was finalized right before the pandemic escalated and lockdowns were implemented. Although it was written without Covid-19 in mind (because who could have seen it coming?), the story Black Stone Cherry tells is uncannily relevant, to an almost spooky extent. One example of this is that the album begins with the line “People, people your attention please, I need to tell you about a new disease”. Don’t reach for your tinfoil hat too quickly, though. Contrary to what meets the eye, The Human Condition is not a criticism of society or a prophecy of our suffering, but rather a tribute to the ever-enduring human spirit. I am not exaggerating when I say that I have listened to the album’s tenth track, “Don’t Bring Me Down”, about 12 times now. It’s my new anthem, and the best example of how cool Black Stone Cherry (and The Human Condition) is. It’s hard rock at its finest — cheeky, meaningful, powerful, and just so damn groovy. Seriously, this is one of the coolest songs my ears have ever had the pleasure of hearing.
Those who are inclined to the heavier side of music may find that The Human Condition is somewhat cheesy, but it’s the best kind of cheese — the sort that is unapologetic. This album couldn’t have come at a better time, and I highly recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a feel-good experience. Regardless of what your preferred genre may be, Black Stone Cherry is sorely underrated, and you may find something you like in their latest album. Give it a go, why don’t you?