Human is Daniel Hall’s 15th solo album. Inspired by the myriad of 1980s Synthpop artists, and those who continue in this genre to the current day, Daniel has created a multi-faceted world on this album that explores the different sides of humanity. Definitely an album to listen to time and again, Human is steeped in dark, but still melodic, tones.
The album opener, and previous single, The Watchman begins proceedings. With a moody, atmospheric intro, Daniel describes a man who lives to watch the oceans at night. This is not only the man’s occupation, but also his vocation. The beat kicks in and all is well. This mid-tempo stomper breathes life into the image of The Watchman and serves as an intriguing appetiser for the album.
Also a single, Invader comes next with a strong intro. “We feel something brewing, what we knew is no more,” Daniel sings, enticing us with the dark tones that were hinted at on the first track. This track feels very much like something magical being created from a dark place. Are you “…the invader of the heart?”
The third track, and standout moment, comes on the third track, Corruption. The pulsating, driving beat and bass feel intense and really highlights the biting lyrics. We are all aware of those supposed figureheads that, when examined closely, only seem to offer corruption and the seedy side of what it means to be human. Daniel encapsulates the strong feelings that these individuals provoke.
Draconian Days is a more upbeat (tempo wise) track. With a stunning vocal delivery by one of my all-time favourite singers, Stephen Newton, who adds to the Depeche Mode feel of this track. Daniel’s sense of melody flows from Stephen’s mouth in a creamy, silky manner. This allows the important statements about humanity that this track has lyrically to not sound blunt. Instead this song is smooth and soulful and brings, to me, a beacon of hope in these difficult times that we currently find ourselves in. This is a big highlight of this album, and that says a lot as every single track with no exceptions is a keeper. Daniel Hall is definitely on top of his game here.
Human also features a further two singles in The Fireman and the forthcoming Fear. The whole of this album deserves to be savoured, devoured and then played again. The final track, Humanoid, is the most unusual of all the tracks. It has a cinematic feel to it and precision production. Some synth sounds are unexpected and the power of this track, when turned up loud, is unbelievable.
All-in-all, Human by Daniel Hall is a very classy album that is delivered in his usual perfect production and musicianship. I do not use the word perfect lightly either. This album has impressed me a great deal and is well worth the download price. Check out Daniel’s Bandcamp page for a limited edition physical USB copy of the album, you won’t be disappointed. From start to finish, this album draws you into its deviant world without taking anything away from the wonderful pop craft that shines here.
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