CD review: The Human Condition, Life In Lines

"Pocket Change" is a solid acoustic rock song that might have a serious shot at substantial radio airplay, if not for its extended running time at 4:42 minutes. Maybe there’s a radio edit in this song’s future...

Overall, Life In Lines is a stellar example of the high quality music that the Tampa Bay area has to offer as well as a fine representation of The Human Condition's undeniable talents.


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Release May 2010

Label: Independent

Track Listing:

Wailing Wall

21 Gun Salute



Song to Myself

Don’t Stand Still

Pocket Change

We Keep On


Last Dance

Circus Queen

The Human Condition is Dean Johanesen (acoustic guitar, vocals, pictured above left), Mike Eng (drums, percussion), Mark Pezzo (bass) and Dave Berry (lead electric guitar, pictured above above right).

Life In Lines, the latest release from Tampa’s own alt rock four-piece The Human Condition, features a diverse collection of tunes as well as some first-rate guest appearances by fellow local musicians Rebekah Pulley, Ronnie Dee and Abe Fender. The album was laid down at Zen Recording Studios in St. Petersburg with the help of studio wizard Steve Connelly, whose extraordinary production talents give Life in Lines its tight, polished sound.

The 11 tunes selected for Life In Lines reflect the band’s eclectic taste and personality, yet all fit together extremely well. From the upbeat, danceable "Don’t Stand Still" to the lonely, cello-saturated "Last Dance," each song reveals a different side of The Human Condition, the thoughtful standout "Godspeed" invoking the feel of Lyle Lovett and featuring honey-voiced singer-songwriter Pulley singing alongside frontman Dean Johanesen.

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