Elsewhere, of course, there are flag-waving hooks, muscular riffs and perhaps best of all, some short but genuinely searing solos. Sassy second track Again burns heart-shaped holes in this manner, while Push Down And Turn drops in weighty, plunging guitars and finds Chris at his huge-voiced best. An unassuming, everyday kinda man, his talent rarely gets the credit it deserves.
While the freewheeling Ride and a bumper cover of ELO’s Don’t Let Me Down revisit the sunny, high-fiving vibe the band are known for, there’s nothing here that’s brazenly raunchy or celebratory. This time, everything seems more considered and appropriately applied. So welcome the Black Stone Cherry of 2020 – in touch with both the times and their own collective soul.
For Fans Of: Alter Bridge, Shinedown, Halestorm
The Human Condition is released on October 30 via Mascot.
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