Album Review: The 1975

Matty Healy, front man of The 1975, has delegated his band to the world’s most popular band that no one has ever heard of, but that won’t be for much longer. Their sophomore album, just released on February 26, is sure to be one of the best albums of the year. First of all let’s get this out in the open, I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, is a mouthful. While I can’t help but roll my eyes when I say the full album title because its a bit ridiculous, the album is anything but.

The 1975 began yet another tour late in 2015 where they introduced 4 new songs to the set list, including “Love Me,” which was released as a new single in October, and a killer new set design. The music was different, the set was different, but it was the same band that I grew to love since the release of their debut album The 1975 in 2013. I love this band and I’ve travelled great distances to see them, so their PR stunt in June scared me a little. If The 1975 was no more, I was sad because they had so much potential. But when they came back as a new band, a pink instead of black band, I was slightly hesitant (not really a new band, just a band that had evolved as a good band should). Why change something already so awesome? All my fears where pushed aside as the band started releasing pictures, new merch and other little hints at what was to come.

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Before the album release there were countless tour dates and a handful of interviews to tease I Like It When You Sleep. I saw the band in December at Terminal 5 in New York City and fell in love with the new songs instantly. As February grew closer, I consumed everything I could about this album in preparation for the day it was released. Now it is here and I’ve tired to narrow down my very favorite songs. As a whole, I find this album to be incredible and also very chill and mellow. The 75 minutes that I spend listening to all 17 tracks brings a sense of calm over me. So here we go, here are the best of I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It.

The 1975: The first song of the album is a new version of the first song of their 2013 self titled album. Appropriately named “The 1975,” this song is the perfect starting point for this album. Matty has said on multiple occasions that this album is full of little “easter eggs” for the fans who have been there since the beginning and people who have listened to their previous album and EPs. Its completely true and that’s why I loved this opening song so much. Other little “easter eggs” through out the album include lyrics such as “I never found love in the city” and “You used to have a face straight out of a magazine/Now you just look like anybody.” “Lostmyhead” is a prequel to “Facedown” and “She’s American” has similar bits to “Settle Down.” This album has so many little details through out it that I pick up more and more with each listen.

Ugh!: This was an instant favorite of mine when it was released as the second single. Its a tune.

If I Believe You: Track number 6 of the album has a gospel feel as Matty is accompanied by a choir. Its beautiful. Towards the end of the song is a flugelhorn solo, which paired with the beat gives this song a slow jazz feel. Stand out lyrics include “And if I believe you, would that make it stop?/If I told you I need you, is that what you want?” This song about his lack of faith breaks my heart, but I can’t turn it off.

The Ballad of Me and My Brain: This song initially got my attention with the opening line “And well I think I’ve gone mad/Isn’t that so sad?” Matty then begins to sing about losing a brain he never had and losing it in trains, cars, and grocery stores. The end of the song references “Oops I Did It Again,” so is he having a breakdown? Musically, this song is louder and has more of a rugged sound to it compared to the more mellow album.

Somebody Else: Even after hearing the entire album, I still believe this is one of the best songs The 1975 has ever had. The emotions run high in “Somebody Else.”

Loving Someone: At some point I read “Loving Someone” was like the older brother of “Menswear.” That instantly peaked my interest as “Menswear” is generally a fan favorite from the first album. It has the fast paced rhythm of “Menswear” and the end of the song is actually spoken. Focused on the downfalls of social media and how the media portrays certain topics; the song goes on to say at the end of the day we should all just love someone regardless of sex, gender, etc. and time should be spent with those we love.

This Must Be My Dream: Yet another song about love that didn’t last. Really good beat to it. I love the opening lyrics, “I personify the ‘adolescent on a phone’/Speaking like I’m bigger than my body/I personify the lack of freedom in your life/And I’m sure she’ll be gone in a second.” Matty sounds phenomenal in this song (but honestly he sounds AMAZING in the entire album). Plus, I love a good sax solo.

I’ve spent a full day listening to this album and I’m still finding that with every new listen I hear something new or I fall more in love with another song. It was worth the wait, it’s worth the time it takes to type out the title every time I want to talk about it and its worth 75 minutes that it takes to listen to the entire album straight through. This album is worth it. Congratulations to The 1975 for making an album that has exceeded all my expectations. I won’t be taking this off repeat anytime in the near future.

And thank you, Matty, George, Ross, and Adam, for making this incredible album xx

Angela
Recent college graduate and trying to put my fangirling to good use. I spend all my free time on Tumblr and all my money on concerts. I love music of all kinds, traveling, the city life, Instagram and One Direction.

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