Album review: BLACK STONE CHERRY – The Human Condition

BLACK STONE CHERRY – The Human Condition

Mascot Records [Release date 30.10.20]

Amazing to think Black Stone Cherry (BSC) celebrate their twentieth anniversary next year, with ‘The Human Condition’ being the band’s seventh studio album. Black Stone Cherry have certainly built up an impressive following here in the UK and mainland Europe, with all bar their debut album making the number one spot in the UK rock album charts. Back in their homeland of the USA they don’t seem to have made quite the same musical impact.

‘Ringin’ In My Head’, although partly written pre-pandemic, is another band expressing their feelings and thoughts through music to good effect. ‘Again’ has been released as a lead track off the album and is a standard BSC anthem. That’s meant as praise by the way, as not many bands can keep making memorable tunes so far into their careers.

‘In Love With The Pain’ taps into the band’s more southern rock leanings and is one made for radio/live sets. ‘If My Heart Had Wings’ sees the band bring out the strings to the album’s big ballad moment.

They do end the album on a positive note with ‘Keep On Keepin’ On’, where the guitars add their own bit of uplift to the song.

One surprise is the BSC treatment to the ELO classic ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’. Out go the original’s strings and in come a rolling guitar riff, but the distinctive harmony vocals on the song are still kept in with a little BSC twist.

Black Stone Cherry have provided us with another album full of hard rocking anthems. Let’s hope they can get back on the road again soon as this band and their music are made for the live arena. ****

Review by Jason Ritchie






The latest Josh Taerk live session was streamed on Sunday 21 November. Next session 12 December. The video above was a Halloween Special, streamed 31 October.

Check out the latest video here:

https://www.facebook.com/getreadytorockradio


David Randall presents a weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sundays at 22:00 GMT, repeated on Mondays and Fridays), when he invites listeners to ‘Assume The Position’. This show was first broadcast on 28 November 2021 and includes the Top 10 albums at www.getreadytorock.com for that week.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 23 November 2021.

How to Listen Live?

Click the programming image at the top of the page (top right of page if using desktop)

Listen via Windows Media Player. Click or tap here and “open file”
Listen via other media player (eg. VLC) Click or tap here and “open file”

Get Ready to ROCK! Radio is also in iTunes under Internet Radio/Classic Rock
Listen in via the Tunein app and search for “Get Ready to ROCK!” and save as favourite.

More information and links at our radio website where you can listen again to shows via the presenter pages: getreadytorockradio.com



From 29 November the Featured Albums and Power Play segments will reflect those artists and tracks featured during 2021.



Popular (last 30 days)


This entry was posted in ALBUM REVIEWS, ALBUM REVIEWS (Mobile), ALL POSTS and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply