How to Solve Our Human Problems (Part 2)

Belle & Sebastian - How to Solve Our Human Problems (Part 2)
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Based on 5 reviews
User Score
Based on 41 ratings
2018 Ratings: #420
January 19, 2018 / Release Date
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Matador / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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A.V. Club

Belle & Sebastian’s How To Solve Our Human Problems series follows standard trilogy protocol: Delve deeper and go darker in chapter two.

Northern Transmissions

While there’s definitely a weak point or two in the listen, these are some of the band’s most exciting tracks in some time.


Where How to Solve Our Human Problems’ first volume felt more like a random collection of a few great songs scattered among B-side-grade material, this edition more successfully arranges its discrete, divergent elements to flow as a proper mini-album.


Part 2 is significantly more consistent that the scattershot Part 1.

The Skinny

Overall, while the EP has its highs and lows – though it's more firmly grounded in 'average' than last month's effort – it's still a nice listen, something that is sadly becoming par for the course with Belle & Sebastian.

If you like Belle and Sebastian, you'll like this. If you don't like Belle and Sebastian, you won't like this. Nothing groundbreaking but there's plenty here to warrant subsequent listens.
A considerable step forward from the first EP in the series, “How to Solve Our Human Problems (Part 2)” should leave preexisting fans satisfied, including those who felt disillusioned with the previous couple Belle & Sebastian releases. The songwriting is stronger across the board this time around, with more memorable hooks and stronger vocal performances to boot. “I’ll Be Your Pilot” and “A Plague On All Other Boys” flirt with 1990s Belle & ... read more
After the absolute disaster that was the first part of this EP trilogy, "How To Solve Our Human Problems - Part 2" is actually a really sweet little collection of songs. After years of pushing into the world of more Electronic material, Belle and Sebastian do what they should have done years ago, and just be themselves. I wouldn't say this is a collection of tunes that's going to reinvent them, and this EP is far from perfect. But this literally sounds exactly like where Belle and ... read more
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Added on: October 13, 2017