Stone by Stone

I Pass for Human

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Whether you love or hate I Pass for Human largely depends on whether you can ignore the tonal quality of Chris D.'s voice. Though he actually sounds tuneful when he sings in his lower register, on many of his songs he adopts a high-pitched, strangled delivery. Add to this quirk his grim, depressing, but often brilliant lyrics and you have an artist who is something of an acquired taste. Whatever his limitations as an artist, there is no question about his ability to put together a great band; like every outfit that he ever performed with, Stone by Stone plays with authority and precision. The slow songs grind and burn, and the fast tracks' combination of energetic rock and bleak songs is strangely compelling. "Ghost" is nothing short of riveting, a fantastic full-band rave-up with Chris D.'s yowling, alienated vocals making a great contrast. The sole sunny number is the poppy "Meantime," a heartfelt pledge to stand with a loved one through thick and thin. Its presence on the album proves that Chris D. can write an absolute pop gem when he wants to, and make it sound like he means every word. Yes, Chris D., you do pass for human, for a human who articulates his darkest fears and feelings with remarkable, even frightening skill.

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