“Pineapples are in my head (Pineapples are in my head) Got nobody ‘cos I’m brain dead (Got nobody 'cos I’m brain dead)
Somebody said that I’m a fuckin’ slum Don’t know that I belong Maybe you’re fucking dumb Maybe I’m just a bum Maybe you’re fucking scum Don’t you go psycho chum I want you for the world I want you all the time”
I found some new appreciation for Glass Animals, I was super excited when this new album came out! This is inspired from their song “Pork Soda”, It actually looked a bit more crazy, like she was suppose to have this broken look to her. But it was getting a little too much so I toned it down.
Marco The Phoenix- Former 1st division commander of the Whitebeard pirates and a possible future alley for Strawhat Luffy. Marco was given the nickname by what his Devil fruit can do, which can turn him into a Phoenix coated in blue flames.
How To Be A Human Being is the second full album from Oxford
born band Glass Animals. Similar to their first full release, Zaba, How To Be A
Human Being is packed with surreal, experimental sounds and instruments.
Life Itself starts the album with an intro that blends an oriental
style with electronic and tribal drumming. This continues into the first chorus
in which the vocals come in, low pitched and somewhat mysterious to begin with,
progressing to a higher and brighter tone in the chorus. The instrumentals develop
into a more impacting sound, with the addition of brass, before it settles back
into its enthusiastic synth for the bridge. Overall, Life Itself is a really
fun and interesting start to the album, and certainly showcases what Glass
Animals have in mind for the remainder of the album.
Based around guitar, drum and piccolo lines, Youth is a very
energetic and cheerful song. Dave’s vocals are mainly a mix of alto/soprano,
and this compliments the instruments, especially when he begins to harmonize in
the chorus. The lyrics in this song are very playful; this is seen in the
chorus of ‘one I want you, two be happy…’ Glass Animals songs often
have little to no lyrical meaning, but can be interpreted to fit a personal
meaning. I feel Youth achieves this well, and its feel good lyrics and beat don’t
really need an explanation- it’s a song about having fun.
Season 2 Episode
For me, this is the most exciting and innovating track on
the album. Heavily nostalgic uses of video game music and sound effects create
the laid back vibe of this song, giving the listener a glimpse of the character’s
attitude in the song. It’s written as a story, and the mixture of bass fueled
riffs and electronic beats paint an amazingly well produced scene. The use of reverb
and distortion on the vocals, particularly in the intro, make the track sound
very dream like. Season 2 Episode 3 is a perfect song for a relaxed day, or
just something to chill out to.
Filled with plenty of drum fills and synthesized melodies,
Pork Soda is a very stand out track. Its use of deep, rich vocals in the verses
provides a certain atmosphere leading up to the chorus. ‘Pineapples are in my
head’, a chorus line, became the bands signature gimmick- anyone who has
experienced Glass Animals for themselves will know pineapples have become
central to their live shows and promotion. Pork Soda is an expression that
Glass Animals are a serious band as well as a fun one; the use of a darker
sounding track with a lot more profanity than any other song indicates they’ve
grown since the Zaba days.
Possibly their most eerie song, Mama’s Gun not only handles
dark topics but has a suitably sinister feel to it. This track is made of predominantly
distorted orchestral instruments, and features the use of human voices as
instruments, singing or crying or whispering in one or two notes each. The message
is disturbing- using your mother’s gun to murder someone- and a message like
this is hard to clearly portray without sounding badly made or slightly
uncomfortable to listen to, as if they’ve tried too hard. However, Glass
Animals nail it. The subtle changes in vocal dynamics and use of backing vocals
really create a twisted interpretation of the situation dealt with.
Cane Shuga shows us the perspectives of two recovering and
relapsing drug addicts, and the whole song is basically just a journey through
a drug trip. There are no plain instruments in the whole song, and even the
vocals are heavily edited through a vocoder. It’s a very vibrant and exciting
song and brings certain uniqueness to the album. Although I find it very
interesting, it’s definitely one of the less complex and most disappointing
songs on the album. I feel like the idea was a great starting point, but the
repetitiveness of the song annoyed me.
I was debating whether to review this, as it doesn’t officially
feature on the tracklist. Lasting only 36 seconds as an extremely sped up and
edited spoken word interlude, there isn’t a lot to say about Premade
Sandwiches. The lyrical content is fascinating, and acts as a commentary on
current society. The most stand-out line for me is ‘people standing in line to
buy whatever the McFuck they might want to shove down their food pipes tonight’.
It’s a creepy and packed track, but has a strong message.
The Other Side Of
For new Glass Animals fans, this song is an essential. It
tells the tale of a person whose lover left to be a star, and consequently left
them behind and started their own life. This track is the best example of the
bands new techniques, namely using voices in place of instruments, keeping
instruments minimalistic and using vocals to make more of an impact than
particularly instrumentals. The tonality switches from major to minor to
reflect the mood of the character, and they make the transitions swift and
Take A Slice-
Take A Slice is Glass Animals’ most provocative song by far.
Dave himself said it was the ‘naughtiest song [they’ve] ever made’, and this is
shown in not only the lyrics, but in the way it’s sang. They sample guitar
parts that have been distorted to sound like human voices and moans, and guitar
plays a prominent part in the whole song. There’s plenty of riff fills and
guitar solos. All in all, it’s an excellent song, but somewhat awkward to
listen to with your dad.
Poplar St reminisces on childhood memories of a slightly
strange childhood home, involving prostitutes and sexual encounters. Similarly to
Take A Slice, Poplar St uses guitars in a seductive manner, however it uses a
lot more instruments to portray different moods and emotions throughout. The vocals
transition from deep and quiet to loud and punchy, with a driving chorus and
As the final song on the album, Agnes delivers an emotional
message and a hard hitting chorus. A song dedicated to a loved one who committed
suicide, the lyrics ‘you’re gone but you’re on my mind, I’m lost but I don’t
know my’ stay memorable until the album ends and beyond. The use of keyboard
and more simple instruments makes it interesting, yet delicate and respectful. Personally,
I think Agnes is an excellent end to a stunning album, and it keeps the feeling
of Glass Animals alive.
In summary, How To Be A Human Being’s must listens are
Season 2 Episode 3, Pork Soda and Agnes. It’s a wonderfully executed album,
beautifully produced and a major success for the Glass Animals boys.