Back in 2012 The 1975 released their breakout single Chocolate, which put them on the map and led to the success of their later singles: Settle down and Girls and then eventually the album The 1975.
These singles were met with critical acclaim and rightfully so I think, these earlier singles perfectly blended surfer style jams with modern pop music. This is the unique sound the band would become known for, with lead singer Matthew having a very unique vocal style especially.
This led to the release of the album with the far too long name: I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It earlier this year. Now this album, it’s in no means bad, far from it. But there is no inherent theming in it, no song holds any resemblance to the next, it’s almost too experimental.
If this album did not have The 1975 on the cover of it I would not know it was there album throughout a good half of it.
Had some of these singles been released as singles, this would have been much better received. The songs She’s American and Loving Someone are ones that do represent what The 1975 are known for, and that’s all well and good. But the other 15 songs on the album bare next to no resemblance to their other songs.
But those songs are in no means bad. Not at all, they just aren’t what I would call The 1975’s style. To the point where the album, in my opinion, only got as successful as it did because of name value.
Ask anyone, their favorite song on this album will be one of the two I mentioned above.
Broken masterpiece: A perfect Description.