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A Brief Inquiry into… what the 1975’s new album is all about.

December 1, 2018 KCL Radio Summer 0

Less rock, more pretentious and sounding remarkably like Walk the Moon… With another long long album title are the indie rock band trying too hard? Or being inspired by the likes of Queen and Fall Out Boy? Love it or hate it, here’s the low down on “A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships”.

(For the sake of honest honest reviews I’ve decided to write this whilst listening to the 1975’s new album “A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships” for the first time. As such, you may have to wait for lyric dissection and particularly insightful comments.)

The 1975’s highly anticipated album “A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships” was released yesterday, along with the announcement of a second album due in the next year much to their fans’ delight! But what is this record all about? Taking a more electronic sound and experimenting with spoken word, it’s fair to say this album is a world away from their first album.

Whilst the familiar singles “TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME” and “Give Yourself a Try” are delightful and easy pleasing, it feels more out of familiarity than anything. Having released a whopping 5 songs off the album as singles already, the remaining 8 leave little impression, except of course “The Man Who Married a Robot / Love Theme”. A spoken word piece narrated by the voice assistant all too familiar to us all, this track is certainly quirky (in true The 1975 style). I’m unsure if I’d choose to listen to it again… but it’s certainly attention grabbing, so I suppose it could be called a success?

“Be My Mistake” is a perfectly fine ballad. I’ll add it to my slow playlists, but it’s not particularly special. However, it definitely isn’t something I’ve heard from The 1975 before and there are genuine moments of vulnerability which make this track one of the most interesting to listen to. But it just isn’t “Somebody Else” off their previous album “I like it when you sleep for you are so beautiful, yet so unaware of it”

 “Save all the jokes you’re going to make, While I see how much drink I can take.” From “Be my Mistake”

“Sincerity is Scary” is the 1975 track we deserved. The beat is danceable and that trumpet is sexy as heck. It’s not a world away from their first album (much to my personal delight). The same goes for “It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)”. Delicious. Also, shout out the strings in “I Always Want to Die (Sometimes)!

I feel like now is a good time to mention that whilst I was finding photos to use in this review, Google graced me with these brilliant search suggestions: “Aesthetic” and “Tumblr” are my personal favourites. 

As an indie/rock music lover (although my definition of indie is probably too mainstream to be considered indie nowadays), I cannot help but feel that the band have tried a little too hard to be innovative to a point where it comes off as pretentious. The song titles alone do this! Whilst this may be the initial impression, it must be said that there are no popular bands taking such risks at this moment in time. There are genuinely good tracks on this album (namely the 5 singles and “I Always Want to Die (Sometimes) ” but they are watered down by the remaining sub par filler tracks.

As time goes on and the album gets more play I’m sure initial shock and superficial impressions will fade and perhaps I will be able to revisit the album then.  For now you can check out the album below, and let us know your thoughts on our social medias. I’ve also included one of my favourite albums by Walk the Moon which I am highly recommending as an alternative this week. It seems to me that Matt Healy (The 1975) sounds awfully similar to lead singer Nicholas Petricca (Walk the Moon) nowadays….

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