Sound — 8
The sound of Human is easily its strongest point. It's dark, dirty, angry, and a great ride. The guitar and bass work remains catchy yet simple. The drums are a solid backbone in the album, but are hardly innovative or overly complex. The weakest part would be the new vocals from Matt Walst. Half the time they sound compatible with the music, but they also sound average to awkward for much too much of the album. Matt does a great job, and I hope to see him evolve from this record onward. In the meantime, the instruments will be more than enough to carry the record and the band. Overall, this is exactly what's to be expected from a sort if re-debut record: slightly amateur, but energetic, raw, and a great ride.
Lyrics — 6
This is where the album falls short: lyrics. The band has severely reverted to a much less creative lyric style. All the songs have inspiring titles that could have been amazing. The problem is too few of them actually cashed in on their great titles, being filled with far too much repetition, predictable and dry lyrics and a general sense of not living up to potential. There are a handful of songs that deliver passionate, and unique lyrics. But, these are few and far between. And as stated before, the vocals tend to be a 50/50 balance between great and awkward.
Overall Impression — 7
Ahhh, now the only part that anyone actually cares about. I would rank this their overall second best album, after "One-X." Sure, other albums had bigger hits. The difference is that "Three Days Grace," "Life Starts Now" and "Transit of Venus" all had several songs that I just straight up disliked. "TDG": "Overrated," "Born Like This" and "Burn." "LSN": "Last to Know," "Without You" and "Bitter Taste." "TOV": "Give Me a Reason," "Time That Remains," and "Happiness."
"Human" may contain a few awkward tracks and fewer powerful songs, but the consistency, which is fairly decent, is enough for me to rank it #2. Now for a song by song review. "Human Race" - slow, repetitive, but mildly catchy. Could have used more lyrics that weren't repeated. "Painkiller" - a great head banger with a catchy guitar riff, decent lyrics, and a great vibe. "Fallen Angel" - my personal favourite. It's a great attempt at something grand, but staggers a little with a few noncreative lyrics. "Landmine" - full of energy, aggressive and raw. Again, just lacks creative lyrics. "Tell Me Why" - one of the catchiest choruses on the album. This song gets all the pieces right. "I Am Machine" - catchy, aggressive and simple. A decently average song. "So What" - vocals don't work with the music, and also fairly bland. A mindless headbanger at best. "Car Crash" - deep lyrics and great vocals. The beginning of the song ruins this song by being far too simple for far too long. When the rest of the instruments kick in. "Nothing's Fair in Love and War" - nothing bad to say about this one. The sound works, and the lyrics work. "One Too Many" - one of the stronger songs lyrically, the rest of the song seems to just fall flat. "The End Is Not the Answer" - enjoyable, but again seems awkward compared to some of Three Days Grace other songs, such as "Never Too Late." "The Real You" - repetitive, maybe, but gives the record a great finishing note of love and security, which is a perfect contrast to its seemingly dark, and somewhat scared vibe. While this doesn't have the hits that we love Three Days Grace for, it also avoids making any of its mistakes. Overall, this album is a 72/100, and a must listen to those who are frustrated, angry, or just looking for a solid album. This is in no way Three Days Grace at their best, but it's an improvement from their last two records. Feel free to agree or rage in the comments. Rock on!