Human Again

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Human Again
Studio album by Ingrid Michaelson
Released January 29, 2012 (2012-01-29)
Genre Indie pop
Label Cabin 24, Mom + Pop Music
Producer David Kahne
Ingrid Michaelson chronology
Everybody
(2009)
Human Again
(2012)
Lights Out (2014)
Singles from Human Again
  1. "Ghost"
    Released: November 15, 2011
  2. "Blood Brothers"
    Released: July 15, 2012
  3. "Fire"
    Released: November 4, 2012

Human Again is the fifth studio album by Ingrid Michaelson. The album was released on January 24, 2012 on Cabin 24 Records and Mom + Pop Music. The first single from the album, "Ghost", was released on November 15, 2011.

Background[edit]

In a 2011 interview,[1] Michaelson spoke about the album, saying:

It's coming along really well. We were hoping to have everything done by now, and we're not at all done. I keep writing more songs, so that's kind of a good thing, because I keep creating new things, and that's what's halting the process, because we have to go in and record that song. It's been a long, arduous process, but the harder you work on something, the prouder you are of it.

On Tuesday, November 15, Michaelson announced the release date, as well as the album's first single, "Ghost," and unveiled the cover artwork.[2]

The cover artwork was painted by Joe Sorren specifically for the album.

She promoted the album by going on tour in Spring 2012. She also performed live on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.[2]

The title of the album comes from the lyrics of the song Palm of Your Hand, in which Michaelson sings

You make me/wanna be a human again/ Can I be your only human again

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ingrid Michaelson.

No. Title Length
1. "Fire"   3:20
2. "This Is War"   3:19
3. "Do It Now"   3:16
4. "I'm Through"   3:27
5. "Blood Brothers"   3:12
6. "Black and Blue"   3:37
7. "Ribbons"   3:27
8. "How We Love"   3:33
9. "Palm of Your Hand"   3:11
10. "Ghost"   4:01
11. "In the Sea"   3:18
12. "Keep Warm"   3:18
13. "End of the World"   3:42
Deluxe Edition
No. Title Length
14. "Save Me"   2:24
15. "Always You"   2:12
Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition
No. Title Length
14. "This Is War" (Home Recording) 3:25
15. "Keep Warm" (Home Recording) 3:27

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart[3] 22
US Billboard 200[3] 5

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 70/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
Entertainment Weekly 4/5 stars[5]
Absolute Punk 89/100[6]
Consequence of Sound 3.5/5 stars[5]
The Boston Globe 80/100[4]
All Music Guide 3.5/5 stars[7]

Human Again has received positive reviews, and holds a 70 point score on Metacritic, which aggregates reviews into average scores out of 100, indicating a positive reception. Entertainment Weekly gave the album 83 out of 100. Review website Consequence of Sound gave the album 3 1/2 out of 5 stars, saying that Michaelson's "vocal abilities are as strong as ever." AllMusic gave the album 4 out of 5 stars. Consider Magazine gave the album a score of 8 out of 10.[8][4]

Performances[edit]

Michaelson made several television appearances to promote the album. She appeared on Live! with Kelly performing Ghost. Michaelson appeared on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade performing Blood Brothers. She also performed on Conan (talk show) performing Blood Brothers and Ghost.

In support of the album, Michaelson went on the Human Again tour, performing on several legs across America as well as in Europe and Australia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ingrid Michaelson - Interview re: New Album + Pics + Videos". On No They Didn't!. June 21, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Jason Lipshutz (November 16, 2011). "Ingrid Michaelson Announces 'Human Again' Album, Releases First Single". Billboard. 
  3. ^ a b "Human Again - Ingrid Michaelson – Billboard.com". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 02 February 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Human Again – Ingrid Michaelson". metacritic. CBS Interactive Inc. 
  5. ^ a b Anderson, Kyle (27 January 2012). "Human Again". Entertainment Weekly. 
  6. ^ Broden, Terry (24 January 2012). "Ingrid Michaeleson – Human Again". AbsolutePunk. BuzzMedia. 
  7. ^ Leahey, Andrew. "Human Again". allmusic. Rovi. 
  8. ^ Klein, Brandon (26 January 2012). "Ingrid Michaelson – "Human Again" Review". Consider Magazine. 

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