- How to Be a Human Being

Glass Animals - How to Be a Human Being
CRITIC SCORE
78
Based on 13 reviews
2016 Rank: #134 / 699
USER SCORE
75
Based on
107 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

95
The Line of Best Fit
Each listen reveals more, scrapes back another layer. You'll get more and feel more each time you hit play.
80
The Skinny

How to Be a Human Being is arguably yet more effervescent than its predecessor.

80
Under The Radar

If ZABA was a weird and lovable new friend, How to Be a Human Being exploits that familiarity to test some new boundaries, and the result is delightfully entertaining.

80
NME
On ‘How To Be A Human Being’, the four Oxford dudes have found bigger and broader stomping grounds, stepping out of ‘Zaba’’s intoxicating murk and into the glare of a strange new reality.
80
DIY
Their new record showcases inner madness, characters you’d cross the street to avoid, and some of the band’s smartest pop songs to date.
80
The Guardian

Perhaps its contemporary qualities will seem as fleeting as its subjects’ visits in five year’s time, but Zaba’s follow up is still an inventively produced, impishly executed triumph.

80
musicOMH

It sufficiently moves their sound on from Zaba, while also successfully capturing the multifaceted nature of man.

80
The 405

Although elements remain, the core of humanity and character drive this collection to an equally intriguing effect and leaves a far more immediate impression.

75
Consequence of Sound
All the stories, sounds, and characters come together to form an album that plays like a colorful collage of life: It doesn’t flow perfectly, but maybe that was never the point.
70
AllMusic

How to Be a Human Being's sense of wonder and joie de vivre feels as instructive to Glass Animals as their listeners, and their willingness to try anything results in some truly great moments.

60
NOW Magazine

HTBAHB's choose-your-own-character theme is filled with perpetual slackers living delinquent lives, sad lovers and drug-hazed memories, which is interesting at first but midway through begins to sound like the unreliable accounts of a single character.

60
Clash

Glass Animals should definitely continue tinkering with their sound; they just haven’t yet earnt the right to full reinvention yet.

84
Glass Animals’ debut had its moments, but this album is totally compelling from start to finish, and I really haven’t figured out exactly why. But nobody in indie writes songs like Glass Animals right now, and they pull off all sorts of tricks to deliver the songs, which range from sneering whispers to soaring anthems, but are more often than not both. I couldn’t name any other band that could have a forty second rage-rant about premade sandwiches and a whoa-whoa-whoa chorus ... read more
Felindie
81
Fav Tracks: Youth, Life Itself, Season 2 Episode 3
Ivoryghost
NR
The brilliant lead single, Life Itself, promised great things, but nothing else here really comes close to that, sadly. That's not to say this is in any way a bad album - it's certainly not - but by the end of it you're left with that nagging feeling of a band not that's still not really coming close to achieving its full potential
plowo
78
Favorites:Life Itself, Youth, Season 2 Episode 3 and Cane Shuga.
WildChameleon
68
Funny, fresh, cool, ... But only in the first part of the album. I find the second part pretty uninspired. There isn't a total improvment to ZABA but I think thatGlass Animals could be a cool band if they did an album like the first part of HTBAB.
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DETAILS

August 26, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Wolf Tone / Label
Indietronica / Genres
glassanimals.eu / Website
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# 29 - Earbuddy
# 24 - LA Music Blog
# 35 - NME
# 32 - Rough Trade
# 7 - The Independent
# 49 - The Line of Best Fit
# 36 - The Skinny
# 25 - Under the Radar
# 48 - Variance
MISC LISTS
# 28 - Genius Community
# 8 - Vinyl Me, Please
Track List
  1. Life Itself
  2. Youth
  3. Season 2 Episode 3
  4. Pork Soda
  5. Mama's Gun
  6. Cane Shuga
  7. [Premade Sandwiches]
  8. The Other Side of Paradise
  9. Take a Slice
  10. Poplar St.
  11. Agnes


Added on: June 7, 2016