Album Review: How To Be A Human Being

With a sound reminiscent of Banks meets alt-J, English indie-rock-electro-pop band Glass Animals have stormed the scene creating a unique and dynamic blend of alt rock, electro, and funky base beats. The lyrics are capturing and pierces – a bit weird but oddly relatable as well.

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This album could have not come out at a better point in time. We the new influx of recently graduated university students, September has come as a reminder of the ending of young adulthood. While many our peers head back to school, recent graduates are dancing into the adult world of working. Quite literally, as the title of the album indications, we’re all trying to figure out How To Be A Human Being.

This current Glass Animals album is the most dynamic piece of music the group has released yet. Beyond their singles, Glass Animals released their first studio album Zaba in June 2014. Though a thoroughly intricate mix of electronic sounding music and traditional instrumentation, Zaba does not nearly hold a candle to How To Be A Human Being.

The album kicks off with “Life Itself”, an introspective look at struggles of growing into the independence of adulthood.

I can’t get a job so I live with my mom
I take her money but not quite enough
I make my own fun in grandmama’s basement
Said I look fat, but I look fantastic

It’s a tale as old as time itself, the recent graduate moves back home and has difficulties readjusting their once free life to the rules and dynamics of living in one’s familial home.

Come back down to my knees
Gotta get back, gotta get free
Come back down to my knees
Be like them, lean back and breathe
Come back down to my knees
Gotta get back, gotta get free
Come back down to my knees
Be like them, lean back and breathe.

 

The struggle to break into ones own life is one of the greatest struggles of being an adult. To live for oneself, while living honestly and justly is a great challenge.

Other great tracks on the album include “Pork Soda” with it’s fantastic repeating line:

Pineapples are in my head, Got nobody ‘cos I’m brain dead.

The lyrics could have been ripped out of an episode of Skins from the UK’s Channel 4.

5000 footsteps in your wet dress
Back to the house with your arms around my neck
We drank pork soda with tangled legs
I won’t forget how you looked at me then.

 

Incredible imagery is painted through these lyrics of the ridiculousness of relationships but the intense passion that makes that same ridiculousness clear. Glass Animal further paints a clear juxtaposition within the life of someone trying to figure out How To Be A Human Being.

Other top tracks from the album include “Poplar St,” “Youth,” and “The Other Side Of Paradise.”

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