AOTY 2019

How to Be a Human Being

Glass Animals - How to Be a Human Being
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2016 Ratings: #183 / 763
User Score
Based on 266 ratings
2016 Ratings: #189
August 26, 2016 / Release Date
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Wolf Tone / Label
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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.

60
The Needle Drop
UK artpop outfit Glass Animals are back with a sophomore album! The band has come through with set of punchy, colorful instrumentals that could have used some more vibrant vocal performances.
thegeecyproject
84
An underrated indie-pop masterpiece of the 2010’s. On How To Be A Human Being, Glass Animals attempt to put together a picture of the vast scope of humanity, through multiple vignettes of human life. Somewhere out there, a mother is missing her son (“Youth”), a couple is struggling with their relationship (“Pork Soda”) and someone is grieving an old friend who passed away (“Agnes”).

The band create a sound which pulls from trip-hop, hip-hop and world ... read more
88
Probably the one of the most underrated bands of the decade.
jandals
100
Bubbly, orgasmic pop record with lush instrumentation and style to spare.
Ennety
87
This is one of the catchiest album ever... Truly great. It's fun and colorful.
LaCroixBoix
88
Glass Animals are easily a force to be reckoned with. How to Be a Human Being is a hell of an album and it's not hard to tell why.

The songs are so quirky and silly at times that it's hard to not fall for their goofy style and lyrics. Eating mayonnaise from a jar while getting blazed is met with the iconic "peanut butter vibes" off of Zaba. Their sort of whispered delivery is very recognizable and easy to identify as a "Glass Animals song".

Glass Animals I always see as ... read more
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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
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