How to Solve Our Human Problems (Part 1)
Belle & Sebastian - How to Solve Our Human Problems (Part 1)
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
User Score
Based on 35 ratings
2017 Ratings: #432
December 8, 2017 / Release Date
EP / Format
Matador / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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Northern Transmissions

In their first of three releases, we get multiple vocal flavours from the band’s many vocalists and enough different moods to make the release feel shockingly varied while still cohesive.

A.V. Club

Recorded at a leisurely pace and with a minimum of fuss, How To Solve Our Human Problems (Part 1) finds the members of Belle & Sebastian vamping as frequently as they’re weaving tales of the painfully shy and tragically literate.


How to Solve Our Human Problems, Part 1 is the sound of a band deploying its full arsenal of bells and whistles to seize your attention, even when the songs themselves aren’t always strong enough to retain the grip.


How to Solve Our Human Problems: Part 1 is a continuation of the sparkling pop of recent albums rather than a throwback to their fragile folk of old.

The Skinny

How to Solve... Part 1 is simply too meandering to hit with much impact.

Dec 8, 2017
As the years roll on, Scottish indie-pop legends Belle & Sebastian seem to grow tire of regeneration—and it’s mostly worked—but, it has now, and most indefinitely, become empty.
Jun 7, 2018
It’s the weakest of their three new EPs, but there’s a certain charm to the first “How to Solve Our Human Problems” that makes it a fairly enjoyable listen, even if it’s somewhat slight and underwritten by Belle & Sebastian standards. The band has tried on several styles over their two-decade career, and they’re all on display here in some capacity. Dance-pop Belle & Sebastian has never been a great look for them, and “We Were Beautiful” ... read more
Dec 17, 2017
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Added on: October 13, 2017