Step 2: A Different Kind of Human

Album Review of Step 2: A Different Kind of Human by AURORA.

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Step 2: A Different Kind of Human

AURORA

Step 2: A Different Kind of Human by AURORA

Release Date: Jun 7, 2019
Record label: Glassnote Entertainment Group
Genre(s): Pop/Rock

77 Music Critic Score
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Step 2: A Different Kind of Human - Very Good, Based on 5 Critics

New Musical Express (NME) - 80
Based on rating 4/5
80

The Norwegian singer takes countless left turns on her eclectic second album, a journey of sound that does justice to her singular persona Her critically acclaimed debut album, 2016’s ‘All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend’, scored more than 200 million streams and 500,000 sales and was championed by the likes of Troye Sivan and Katy Perry. She was the only guest vocalist on The Chemical Brothers' 'No Geography’. And she even apparently inspired Billie Eilish to make to music.

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musicOMH.com - 80
Based on rating 4
80

For her second album proper, Aurora goes big. If visual proof were needed for this, compare the cover of last year's extended EP Infections Of A Different Kind, where the hands face inward, and this year's sequel A Different Kind Of Human, where the picture is almost identical but for the hands projecting outwards, into the open. Space is a big thing for the Norwegian singer here.

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AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10
70

Following 2018's Step 1: Infections of a Different Kind by less than a year, Step 2: A Different Kind of Human finds Norwegian singer/fantasist Aurora Aksnes still investigating humanity through a wide-angle lens. Ecological as well as social themes permeate the record, as does her impulse to reach out to the alienated. These ideas are all represented, either literally or symbolically, on "Dance on the Moon." It stars the distinctively pixie-voiced AURORA as an angel.

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The Guardian
Their review was positive

N orway's Aurora Aksnes has long been on the cusp of a breakthrough. In 2015, she added a breathy vocal to a John Lewis advert about space exploration, covering Oasis' Half the World Away and scoring a lone Top 20 hit. Earlier this year she cropped up on three songs on the Chemical Brothers' album No Geography, a move that would have translated into further singles chart success a decade ago.

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Clash Music
Their review was generally favourable

Norwegian singer Aurora delivers a free-flowing collection of pop tracks on her third album 'A Different Kind Of Human' which further elevate her previous critical acclaim. Opening with 'The River' a feathery, soft track with a rock-solid message about male suicide rates, which seamlessly blends into 'Animal', a soaring instrumental that highlights the young singer's crystal-clear vocals. Aurora consistently plays to her lyrical strength, as meaningful words - packaged masterfully in catchy soundscapes - make a home within the listeners psyche.

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