Oxford's Glass Animals have been all around the world and have directed all the inspiration that they found in travel into this their second LP. They have also considered their audience and seen that they react to big grooves and drums and have therefore stepped things up this time round. Certainly lead single 'Life Itself' melts afro beat rhythms with big pop choruses. One for Wild Beasts fans perhaps?
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7/10 Benn Staff review, 01 August 2017
‘How To Be A Human Being’ is not a bad album at all. The track listing makes it sound like the record is perhaps a bizarre and dreamlike timeline of some teenage kids life. One of my favourite lyrics is ‘sipping codeine coca cola’. I have no idea if this is life in the south of England, but anywhere north of Nottingham a bottle of ‘Frosty Jacks Cider’ on a park bench usually did the trick. This is the tale for the whole album, really. Ever since I first heard this record, Dave Bayley’s lyrics stuck out like a cow in a pig farm. The way he crafts together his musically mad mind with the band is truly brilliant.
There is no doubt that the record leans more towards indie-pop than their previous indie-rock vibe. Perhaps not a bad thing if the band wishes to get in the charts and open their music to a much larger fan base. Sometimes, it doesn’t pay off. There have been many bands that I could brutally review who have torn their credibility a new arsehole. Glass Animals are no such band. If anything, this record has opened so many doors. Not only in a literal sense of opening doors to more gigs, but they have allowed themselves to escape into so many different worlds and unique soundscapes. The whole band feels more like one collective force, rather than a group of like-minded musicians.
Working your way through the record is like a journey through a multi-coloured jungle. A sort of summery affair, an acid trip if you will. There are references to old gaming sounds, synths and drum machines. Yet the band still manages to capture that sound that very few can, they don’t lose you entirely and make you question what is going on.
Building on the previous praise it would be unhelpful to merely hurl bright light at the record. There are a few things that you sort of wish weren’t there. There are some pretty annoying and overly repetitive elements on the majority of the tracks. To add, towards the middle of the record- Mama’s Gun and Cane Shuga- the record sort of loses itself a little. The tracks are brilliant, but they feel like they probably shouldn’t be in this record. I’m being very picky, mind. The release is good. It’s a good record. If they were playing in a muddy field in August, you’d go and see them. (Tip: listen out for Premade Sandwiches.)
9/10 Max Cave Customer review, 12th September 2016
Following up from their debut album 'Zaba', Glass Animals have come out with another triumph. This is much more accessable then their first album, heading more towards their pop side. The album is filled with catchy vocal hooks giving listeners that 'feel good' effect. This is especially prominent on the opening track 'Life Itself'. Lyrically this is an interesting album, much like their last, with phrases which you can not quite tell the meaning of, yet you love them anyway. Tracks to look out for would be 'Youth', 'Pork Soda' and 'Take a Slice'.
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