Rag'n'Bone Man - Human
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2017 Ratings: #702 / 742
User Score
Based on 76 ratings
2017 Ratings: #815
February 10, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sony UK / Label
Soul, Pop Soul / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Telegraph

Rag ’n’ Bone Man’s debut album does something pop arguably does better than any other art form: compress universal experiences into short bursts of energy and emotion.

80
Clash

‘Human’ is an impressive, life-affirming record chock-full of hooks and classy, grown-up production. Praise be.

80
NME
When it comes to big, belting choruses backed with equally sizeable orchestration, Graham doesn’t muck about.
60
The Line of Best Fit

Human has been preordained as a hit, but it feels like an artistic step backwards, hopefully a blip in what will otherwise be a laudable, long caree

60
The Guardian
There’s too much bland, Identikit retro soul, the tasteful production becomes stifling, and the lyrics tip from heartfelt and personal into cliched and overwrought. Thankfully, there are still times when he cuts loose.
60
musicOMH
Like any prospective chartbuster, it frontloads its biggest bangers and lets anything more interesting linger in the later stages of the record, when the more passive listeners have tuned out. But those forays are occasional at best, and as an artistic statement this debut album is somewhat limited.
50
Drowned in Sound

Yes, Graham is a somewhat idiosyncratic talent. But the problem with Human (the album) is that it feels like it’s been over tooled for success, that the commercial facets of his talents have been blown up at the expense of what might have actually made him interesting.

40
The Skinny

If he’s happy to turn in this sort of pleasant-enough coffee table pop, then good for him; inasmuch as anyone actually sells records these days, Human will almost certainly shift units. That voice deserves better, however, and so do we.

40
The Independent

Things go rapidly downhill, soured by the earnest, self-important tone of songs like “Grace” and “Ego”; while “Love You Any Less” is just achingly dull, a slice of blandly sepia soulfulness that stains the songs around it.

30
Crack Magazine
A vocal talent – no doubt – but the whole affair is left feeling inauthentic by the very fact the only thing this album shoots for is all-encompassing authenticity, over and over and over again. I don’t buy it. A one note soul record for those bereft of soul.
lemuriams
NR
Edit

I want destroy radio, when he sing Human, but "skin" is not bad.
912
NR
sir i think your hair is upside down
Gaspurga87
35
Canciones mal hechas y pasadas de moda (suenan a Lighthouse Family total)
notbuzzzila
80
I actually really like this album! People always shit on it for being a.) a Hozier ripoff, b.) a typical pop album or c.) a sellout move. I don't really care about any of that. Great shit!
79
I actually like it. His vocal abilities cover up the radio pop cliches.
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Added on: December 7, 2016