How to Be a Human Being by Glass Animals review

Background Info

I have so many emotions about this album and I am so excited to get them all out. This is my favorite album right now. If I have my headphones in, theres a 95% chance I’m listening to HTBAHB. This is the second full-length album that Glass Animals has released and you can tell they’ve grown up a little since Zaba. Dave Bayley is the lead vocalist, guitarist, and producer of the group and he writes the majority of the songs. Bayley stated that each song on HTBAHB was attempting to tell a different character’s story. Every song on this album, with the exception of the 36 second transition song “[Premade Sandwiches]”, is filled with gut-wrenching emotion that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up.


cielodlp via Glass Animals- Dave Bayley

Stand-out Tracks

Season 2 Episode 3

This song is about a girl that lays around all day in dirty clothes getting stoned and eating mayonnaise out of the jar. The lyrics aren’t quite as hard-hitting as some of the other tracks on this album, however, S2E3 outshines the rest of the tracks just based on how pleasing it is to hear. This song begins with the lyrics “Don’t you need me baby boy/ ‘Cause I’m so happy without your noise” and immediately dives into a really catchy beat that continues for the rest of the song. Those beginning lyrics are repeated many times in the song and enhances whatever line follows that phrase. This track was my favorite when I first started listening to this album.


This song is so interesting because of its bitter-sweet tone. It sounds so upbeat but it makes your heart ache at the same time. The song is from the perspective of a mother who lost a child in an awful way. The mother is sad but happy about the memories they once had. In Dave Bayley’s own words: “That combination of emotions kind of made me feel like my heart was being ripped apart but also optimistic in a weird way.” The bittersweet tone is what really characterizes this track. Each of the verses is melancholy but when you get to the chorus, you just want to sing and dance around. Bayley created a website for the character of this track.


This song is something else and after listening to the album several times, it is my favorite song on the album. This is one of those songs that hit me so hard and I cried my eyes out when I first sat down and really listened to it. Bayley claimed this is the saddest  song he’s ever written and ever will write. This track is such a paradox because the melody is positive and upbeat but the lyrics make me feel like someone is stabbing me a million times with a blunt knife. One line in particular really got to me: “You see the sad in everything/ A genius of love and loneliness and/ this time you overdid the liquor/ this time you pulled the fucking trigger.” I’ve probably listened to Agnes over 50 times at this point and I still get chills after hearing that line. It hurts my heart and makes me feel so many emotions. This is the song that closes the album and it is the perfect closer.

The Other Side of Paradise

I was only planning on reviewing my three favorite tracks but as I was writing this post, The Other Side of Paradise started playing and I couldn’t resist including my thoughts on this track. I like how this song is about such a specific situation but I still feel connected to it because of Bayley’s lyrics and odd beat for this song. Another reason this track is relatable is because it captures the pain of a breakup really well, even though this song is about an extreme situation. This track is about someone whose significant other moved west to get famous. Leading up to the climax, Bayley’s voice has an urgent tone which adds to the emotion of the peak of this track. The line at the very climax of the song goes, “I think its over now/ I think the bullet hit but maybe not/ I feel so fucking numb,” and right when he says he feels numb I always get goosebumps and and get this super anxious feeling in my stomach.

To Wrap it Up

The reason I love this album so much is because the whole point of art is to evoke an emotional reaction in the viewer. Bayley succeeds on all fronts and makes me feel all the emotions in the world. I only covered my very favorite songs,  however, every song on this album is amazing and well worth the listen.  This album stands out from the mass-produced, mediocre, and meaningless music that is played on radio stations like 96.7 KISS FM because of its depth and the thought that Bayley put into each track.



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