The Human Demands is the fifth studio album by Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald, and was released on 30 October 2020. The album includes the singles "The Hudson" and "Crazy Shade of Blue". That same day, Macdonald's official website and official Instagran profile confirmed the album for release.
In an interview with Wonderland, Macdonald said, "It's an album about life and the ups and downs that come with it. It's never easy for anyone and I don't think we give ourselves enough credit sometimes. We're just expected to constantly be going 100mph all the time and that can be demanding for anyone. I wanted the album title to reflect the reality of life for the majority of people. I started writing these songs back in 2018 and continued through 2019. I started the recording process in February this year. Like everyone else we stopped in March and didn't get back to it for 3 months. I was worried that it would have a negative impact having a huge break in the middle but thankfully it was the opposite. Myself, my producer Jim and all the wonderful musicians were just excited to be making music again. We felt genuinely lucky to be in the position that we could have a bit of normality back in our lives." After the release of the album Macdonald said on her Instagram account, "I'm so pleased to finally share it with you all. It's been a very difficult year for all of us, we're not all in the same boat but we’re facing the same storm. This is an album about life and its many ups and downs. It's not always straight forward and everyone is facing their own battles. I hope this album can be a comfort in these turbulent times. I am extremely proud of it. It feels like a special record coming out at an important time. Thank you so much for all your support over the past 15 years. I wouldn't be anything without you."
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