Human Conditions

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Human Conditions
Studio album by Richard Ashcroft
Released 21 October 2002
Genre Alternative rock
Length 54:51
Label Hut Records
Producer Chris Potter, Richard Ashcroft
Richard Ashcroft chronology
Alone with Everybody
(2000)Alone with Everybody2000
Human Conditions
Keys to the World
(2006)Keys to the World2006
Singles from Human Conditions
  1. "Check the Meaning"
    Released: 7 October 2002
  2. "Science of Silence"
    Released: 6 January 2003
  3. "Buy It in Bottles"
    Released: 7 April 2003
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]
Blender2/5 stars[3]
Drowned in Sound(2/10)[4]
Entertainment.ie2/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly(A)[6]
The Guardian2/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[8]
Stylus Magazine(F)[9]
Yahoo Music5/10 stars[10]

Human Conditions is the second album by English singer-songwriter, Richard Ashcroft. It was released on Hut Records in 2002.

Release and reception[edit]

Human Conditions received mixed reviews. Review aggregating website Metacritic reports a normalised score of 61% based on 15 reviews. Entertainment Weekly awarded the album an "A". Some of the negative reviews, included Nick Southall of Stylus, who remarked that "Ashcroft obviously sees himself as some kind of incisive commentator with a greater depth of understanding of the human condition than those around him. This record reveals with alarming clarity that he is actually a poor songwriter, dire lyricist, and arrogant buffoon all at the same time."[11] Andrew Lynch of gave the album two stars out of five, calling it "in the final analysis, quite unbelievably boring."[12] Rowan Shaeffer of Counterculture gave it three stars out of five and praised aspects of the album, though still feeling that "for the most part Richard Ashcroft seems be going through the motions; and while he's produced a good album, it's an ultimately unfulfilling listen."[13]


In 2003, when asked about the naysayers to the album, Ashcroft responded: "If I had put on fifteen stone and Kate had left me and I’d almost [overdosed] on smack, then this record would have been received very well".[14] In a 2006 interview with The Sun, Ashcroft said of the criticism: "I wouldn't say I was massively affected. I didn't feel the paranoia I felt when The Verve broke up."[15]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Check the Meaning" – 8:04
  2. "Buy It in Bottles" – 4:39
  3. "Bright Lights" – 5:15
  4. "Paradise" – 5:37
  5. "God in the Numbers" – 6:58
  6. "Science of Silence" – 4:15
  7. "Man on a Mission" – 5:29
  8. "Running Away" – 4:16
  9. "Lord I've Been Trying" – 5:23
  10. "Nature Is the Law" – 4:55

Bonus track[edit]

The Japanese and American editions of the album featured one bonus track originally released as a B-side for the UK single "Check the Meaning".

  • "The Miracle" – 3:51


Release details[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalog
Japan 17 October 2002 Toshiba-EMI CD VJCP-68440 / 4988006804005
United Kingdom 21 October 2002 Hut Records 2LP HUTDLP77 / 7243 8 13383 1 5
CD CDHUT77 / 7243 8 13383 2 2
United States 25 February 2003 Virgin Records CD 7243 8 13384 2 1


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