While most artists on their second album either "play it safe" to hold on to their current fan base, or take a leap of faith and completely reinvent themselves, Glass Animals has found the perfect balance between the two.
On How to be a Human Being, the band is no longer lurking in the dark, but has blossomed into an electric powerhouse by packing their songs with loop after loop of synth sounds and lyrics.
Opener Life Itself introduces to us an unemployed young man embracing his physical imperfections and his idle lifestyle. This percussiondriven track starts off with powerful drumbeats, which then slowly fade out, paving the way for a dose of optimism.
Each song is based on different stories that were told to the group's frontman, Dave Bayley, by strangers. They all have their own identity, hinting at unknown worlds.
This album is a brilliant effort, and much of its enjoyment comes from trying to figure out all the mysteries behind the hypnotising melodies and abstract lyrics.