To finish off the week, I dive into the second album for Glass Animals. Now I will admit the first is an all-time favorite and a classic, but I was pleasantly surprised with the work they made for their second album. They brought new music out not too long after their first album that gave them their rise to stardom. The album is titled, ‘How to be a Human Being’. The album has 11 beautifully crafted songs that start to share a more acoustic sound than the synth pop they had in the previous album. I like the new sound and can still appreciate the old sound as well. When looking at the new songs they have listed they touch on several different emotions throughout.

One of the songs that really stood out to me in this album was, ‘Agnes’. Written and sang by Dave from their group, it’s about being friends with someone who has struggled with drug addiction. Now I don’t personally relate to the song in that aspect but the song sympathizes for the abuser and wants to see them get better. I think it can sound a lot darker than it really is. The song is hopeful that Dave can help this person and wants to take this person back to a place before the addiction and make things right again. It’s beautifully made and the line right before the chorus erupts says, “I wanna hold you like your mine” and that always sticks with me when I hear it. It’s the sound of comfort and love and that’s what people really want.

 

Lyrics:

[Verse 1]
Agnes, just stop and think a minute
Why don’t you light that cigarette and
Calm down now, stop and breathe a second?
Go back to the very beginning
Can’t you see what was different then?
You were just popping Percocet
Maybe just four a week at best
Maybe a smoke to clear the head

[Pre-Chorus]
Your head is so numb, that nervous breath you try to hide
Between the motions, that trembling tender little sigh
And so it goes, a choking rose back
To be reborn, I want to hold you like you’re mine

[Verse 2]
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
These days you’re rolling all the time
So low, so you keep getting high
Where went that cheeky friend of mine?
Where went that billion-dollar smile?

[Pre-Chorus]
Guess life is long when soaked in sadness
On borrowed time from Mr Madness
And so it goes, a choking rose back
To be reborn, I want to hold you like you’re mine

[Chorus]
You’re gone but you’re on my mind
I’m lost but I don’t know why
You’re gone but you’re on my mind
I’m lost but I don’t know why
You’re gone but you’re on my mind
I’m lost but I don’t know why
You’re gone but you’re on my mind
I’m lost but I don’t know why
You’re gone but you’re on my mind
I’m lost but I don’t know why
You’re gone but you’re on my mind
I’m lost but I don’t know why
You’re gone but you’re on my mind
I’m lost but I don’t know why
You’re gone but you’re on my mind
I’m lost but I don’t know why”