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Album Review

Like several other successful rock bands of the post-grunge era, Fuel teeters between hard rock and heavy metal, as often as not within the same song. The group is perfectly capable of adopting the lockstep thrash of Metallica-style metal, but it tends to vary it with comparatively melodic elements in a way that makes the group acceptable to both headbangers and fans of less extreme rock. It certainly doesn't hurt that, every few songs, Fuel throws in a ballad that begins with either an acoustic guitar or a lightly strummed electric (or both) and builds to a mid-tempo rocker. The primary example on the second album is first single "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)," which gives lead singer Brett Scallions the opportunity to intone "Don't fall away" in a tone of voice that recalls R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe singing "Fall on Me," and to emote about "love bleeding in my hands." Songwriter Carl Bell's lyrics, full of typical adolescent disillusionment over the vagaries of romance and the world in general, are sketchy, but his bitterness, even if shallow, seems freshly felt, notably on another of those power ballads, the sad "Innocent," and likely will connect with his listeners after they've been pummeled by the rockers. Two albums in, Fuel still doesn't have much to say, but it manipulates familiar ingredients in such a way that it may seem to be creating a new flavor, especially to young rock fans. (Something Like Human has multimedia content accessible by computer that includes a short film containing interview, studio, and performance footage, as well as Fuel screen savers.) [The 2003 reissue features three bonus tracks.]

Customer Reviews


Fuel is an amazing band and this CD, though I was only about 12 when it came out, I fell in love with it as soon as I heard it- it's a shame that Hemmorage (in my hands) was the only #1 hit off of it.

Its good

The last three songs are acoustic. That's what the difference is.

Best Fuel album there is

Okay, let's cut to the chase. Fuel's first album was definitely a winner, thanks to the song "Shimmer". How do you follow up an act like that? With an album like "Something Like Human". The album is familiar yet different, which is want fans want. It shows even more searing emotion in Brett Scallions voice and the songwriting is MUCH stronger. The hit "Hemorrhage(In My Hands)" beat even the song "Shimmer", reaching number 17 on the Billboard Charts. By the way, the difference between the two versions of Hemorrhage is that the second one is acoustic. BUT IT!!!!


Formed: 1989 in Kenton, TN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

One of the more prominent bands in the new millennium's post-grunge scene, Fuel originally comprised the talents of singer/guitarist Brett Scallions, guitarist Carl Bell, bassist Jeff Abercrombie, and drummer Kevin Miller. The band took shape in Tennessee in 1989, crafting a blend of polished guitars and melodic melancholia, before relocating to Pennsylvania in 1993. While playing gigs on the local nightclub circuit, Fuel made its studio debut with an independently released EP, 1996's Porcelain,...
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