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A concept album of character studies culled from life on the road. After 2014’s smash hit “Gooey” catapulted Glass Animals into the international spotlight, the English indie rockers toured aggressively for a year straight. How to Be a Human Being is a lush package of swirling synths, eccentric production, and bittersweet vocals inspired by their experiences.

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They're baaaack

From the sound of Life Itself, it sounds like Glass Animals picked up right where they left off after they dropped debut album Zaba, I can't wait to hear more from the electric tribe

Different But Great

It's a slight change in style from the band that brought us the unique work that was Zaba, but it is clear the band has obviously not heard of a Sophomore slump. This album is fantastic from beginning to end. The jungle-like percussion undertones that were felt in Zaba are gone, and there is a certain maturity to the sound compared to the bands debut album. The underlying individual personas the songs are given and take on by no means overpower. The way the band deftly builds crescendo in songs throughout the album is breathtaking at times. One of the best alternative albums of the year, I can't wait to hear more but until then I'll continue to sit back, listen, and enjoy. Bravo.

Poppier than Zaba, still just as original

I'll make this quick. Not only is each track (including the sped up talking one that's thirty seconds long) extremely unique and distinct, but Glass Animals was able to make an accessible, poppy sound without selling out. The beats are incredible, the singing is gorgeous, the amount of layers are necessary and not forced. Stand out tracks would be "Life Itself", "Pork Soda", "Season 2 Episode 3", "Agnes", and "Youth." The remaining are still incredible. Is this a perfect album? No. It isn't as good as Zaba, in my opinion, but that opinion may change after a few hundred more listens. Is it addicting and better than I hoped it would be? Definitely. Sophomore albums are usually all about the tour they went on for the first album. They usually talk all about places, sights, and events. But Dave Bayley chose to discuss human beings. And each track is colorful, vibrant, and so pleasing to listen to. Five stars, for sure.


Formed: 2012 in Oxfordshire, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

An intriguing mix of synth pop, indie, and hip-hop influences, Glass Animals are an Oxford, England-based band featuring singer/guitarist Dave Bayley, guitarist/keyboardist Drew MacFarlane, bassist/keyboardist Edmund Irwin-Singer and drummer Joe Seaward. Bayley and Seaward were childhood friends, but didn't start making music together until they finished school. Bayley had been writing and recording songs in his spare time, and ultimately drafted Seaward, MacFarlane and Irwin-Singer to play with...
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