Step 2
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A Different Kind of Human - Step 2 is the third studio album by Norwegian singer-songwriter and record producer AURORA. It was released on June 7, 2019 through Decca Records and Glassnote Records. It succeeds the album Infections of a Different Kind - Step 1, which was released in September 2018.


Background[edit | edit source]

On the same day of the release of Infections of a Different Kind - Step 1, AURORA confirmed in an interview with NME that Step 2 would be released either in 2019 or 2020. [1]Months after, AURORA posted a photo which seems to be an alien invasion with a text that said "Something is coming in 2019" in Morse code, hinting that Step 2 would be set to release in 2019.[2]

On December 24 2018, AURORA announced in an interview for Bergen Tindende that Step 2 was coming faster than expected, most likely because she and Magnus Skylstad had been in the studio for a very long time.[3]

The album's first single for confirmed to be, "Animal", which was released on January 24, 2019.

On February 18, 2019, AURORA announced that the title wouldn't be under the assumed title of Infections of a Different Kind - Step 2 but that it would have a different name. "It's kind of what I would hope for the music to do to us."[4]

On March 12, 2019, in an interview on B-Sides On-Air, AURORA confirmed Step 2 had already been recorded since November 2018.[5] Then in the end of March, "The Seed" was confirmed to be the second single from the project. [6]The album title and track list were revealed on April 4, 2019.

On May 10, 2019, "The River" was released as the album's third single, and the song "A Different Kind of Human" was released as the album's first promotional single on May 31, 2019.

Critical reception[edit | edit source]

On Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews and ratings from mainstream publications, A Different Kind of Human - Step 2 received an average score of 77, based on 7 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews."

Vinyl[edit | edit source]

Tracklist[edit | edit source]

Standard edition[edit | edit source]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "The River" AURORA, Magnus Skylstad, Odd Martin Skålnes AURORA, Magnus Skylstad, Odd Martin Skålnes, Mark Ralph 3:37
2. "Animal" AURORA, Kill Dave, Toby Gad AURORA, Magnus Skylstad, Askjell, Kill Dave, Tim Bran, Roy Kerr, Toby Gad 3:34
3. "Dance on the Moon" AURORA, Guy Sigsworth AURORA, Magnus Skylstad, Tim Bran, Roy Kerr 3:36
4. "Daydreamer" AURORA, Peter Wade AURORA, Askjell, Tim Bran, Roy Kerr 3:39
5. "Hunger" AURORA, Fiona Bevan AURORA, Magnus Skylstad 2:46
6. "Soulless Creatures" AURORA, Tim Bran, Roy Kerr AURORA, Tim Bran, Roy Kerr 5:02
7. "In Bottles" AURORA, Magnus Skylstad AURORA, Magnus Skylstad, Askjell, Tim Bran, Roy Kerr 3:58
8. "A Different Kind of Human" AURORA AURORA, Magnus Skylstad, Askjell 4:01
9. "Apple Tree" AURORA, Magnus Skylstad, Odd Martin Skålnes AURORA, Magnus Skylstad, Odd Martin Skålnes 3:08
10. "The Seed" AURORA, Nicolas Rebscher, Michelle Leonard AURORA, Tim Bran, Roy Kerr, Askjell 4:26
11. "Mothership" AURORA, Askjell AURORA, Askjell 2:16
Total Time: 40:03  

Deluxe Edition (Japan only)[edit | edit source]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Queendom" AURORA, Couros Sheibani, Fiona Bevan, Jakwob AURORA, Magnus Skylstad, Couros Sheibani, Jakwob 3:27
2. "Forgotten Love" AURORA, Martin Sjølie Magnus Skylstad, Tim Bran, Roy Kerr, Askjell 3:28
3. "Gentle Earthquakes" AURORA, Couros Sheibani, Fiona Bevan, Jakwob Tim Bran, Roy Kerr, Askjell 3:47
4. "All Is Soft Inside" AURORA, Tim Bran, Roy Kerr Tim Bran, Roy Kerr, Askjell 5:09
5. "It Happened Quiet" AURORA, Sacha Skarbek Magnus Skylstad, Tim Bran, Roy Kerr, Askjell 4:09
6. "Churchyard" AURORA, Electric AURORA, Electric 3:46
7. "Soft Universe" AURORA, Couros Sheibani, Fiona Bevan, Jakwob AURORA, Magnus Skylstad, Couros Sheibani, Jakwob 4:00
8. "Infections of a Different Kind" AURORA Tim Bran, Roy Kerr, Askjell 5:27
9. "The River" AURORA, Magnus Skylstad, Odd Martin Skålnes AURORA, Magnus Skylstad, Odd Martin Skålnes, Mark Ralph 3:37
10. "Animal" AURORA, Kill Dave, Toby Gad AURORA, Magnus Skylstad, Askjell, Kill Dave, Tim Bran, Roy Kerr, Toby Gad 3:34
11. "Dance on the Moon" AURORA, Guy Sigsworth AURORA, Magnus Skylstad, Tim Bran, Roy Kerr 3:36
12. "Daydreamer" AURORA, Peter Wade AURORA, Askjell, Tim Bran, Roy Kerr 3:39
13. "Hunger" AURORA, Fiona Bevan AURORA, Magnus Skylstad 2:46
14. "Soulless Creatures" AURORA, Tim Bran, Roy Kerr AURORA, Tim Bran, Roy Kerr 5:02
15. "In Bottles" AURORA, Magnus Skylstad AURORA, Magnus Skylstad, Askjell, Tim Bran, Roy Kerr 3:58
16. "A Different Kind of Human" AURORA AURORA, Magnus Skylstad, Askjell 4:01
17. "Apple Tree" AURORA, Magnus Skylstad, Odd Martin Skålnes AURORA, Magnus Skylstad, Odd Martin Skålnes 3:08
18. "The Seed" AURORA, Nicolas Rebscher, Michelle Leonard AURORA, Tim Bran, Roy Kerr, Askjell 4:26
19. "Mothership" AURORA, Askjell AURORA, Askjell 2:16
20. "Exist for Love" AURORA, Magnus Skylstad, Roberts Glen Joseph AURORA, Magnus Skylstad 4:14
21. "The River (Live At J-WAVE(81.3FM))" AURORA, Magnus Skylstad, Odd Martin Skålnes - 3:43
Total Time: 77:11

Possible outtakes[edit | edit source]

Charts[edit | edit source]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA Charts|ARIA) 52
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria) 66
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) 172
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI) 98
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) 58
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista) 4
Scottish Albums (OCC) 34
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) 54
UK Albums (OCC) 32

References[edit | edit source]

  1. https://www.nme.com/news/music/aurora-infections-of-a-different-kind-step-1-new-album-interview-2384198
  2. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bq91LTiFh4b/
  3. https://www.instagram.com/p/BqvJOZsFVjt/
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjuSKcy2FeI&t=494s
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbjceE68upE
  6. http://www.musikknyheter.no/intervjuer/19341/%E2%80%93-Dette-blir-min-f%C3%B8rste-store-norgesturne.html
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