You know I am a little bit crazy and I obsess a little bit too much, but I guess that’s sort of endearing, because you keep coming back, right? Riiiight?!
You already know I love The 1975 (and they love me back, cause I posted a picture on Instagram which featured one of their songs), so I guess a review of their self-titled debut album is needed.
The 1975 is an ethereal piece, filled with synth sounds from the future of 1985 ( 1975 plus a decade), weird, but very familiar. (8.5/10)
The City is angst-y and angry and I love it! It’s my first contact with the band, but it won’t get old too soon. It gives me hope and makes me want to run away, it makes me wanna get drunk and make mistakes. I just love the rock sound of this piece. (10/10)
M.O.N.E.Y. is, of course, weird, because The 1975, people, The 1975! I’m not sure if I like it, because I think it’s a bit too electronica for me, but I must agree that the sound is very mature for the band. I guess that lyrically it does nothing for me, so maybe that’s why I’m not a big fan of this song. Also, very nice the thing with the sax! (7/10)
Chocolate is a very happy song, with a perfect combo of rock, electronica, great lyrics and a beautiful English accent. The guitars are awesome, also the drums, and the rhythm of the overall song. (9/10)
Sex starts out so very powerful, I find it a great song to roam freely on the highway. And, sometimes, this is all I need from my music. All that rhythm, all those issues from the lyrics… Awesome product! (8/10)
Talk! seems, at least after the first few lines, like it doesn’t belong on the album. But musically speaking, it blends in perfectly and builds on the core that is The City. (7.5/10)
An Encounter… with an alien! This is how this song sounds like. It’s an instrumental piece, but I don’t think I drank enough to like this one. (5/10)
Heart Out… Well, in 2008 I had those electronica bands that popped out from everywhere. Heart Out sounds so 2008, but it’s so much better than that. It’s youthful and danceable, so I like it, thankyouverymuch! (9/10)
Settle Down sounds a bit like The City, but with a little more spunk. It is still awesome, but I have to say I was a little bit let down by the perpetual lack of inspiration from the band. (9/10)
Robbers is one of my favorite songs off the album. It sounds so serious, and Matthew Healy‘s vocals are so airy and dreamy. The sound of the drum is a growing obsession in my heart. The whole song is a plea, it’s so filled with love… I can’t even start to… (10/10)
Girls. Another favorite of mine, but this time with a little more joy and happiness. The video is so funny (and it’s directed at Robert Palmer‘s Addicted To Love, so kudos for that!), and the whole song is so fastforwardonlove, gotta love it! It just makes me happy. (10/10)
12 is another instrumental piece that, as usual with me and instrumental pieces, it speaks nothing to yours truly. (?/10)
She Way Out and the guitars. Lovely. Sad. Young. Filled with mistakes and filled with regrets. (8/10)
Menswear is from outer space. I think I’m feeling some Kraftwerk in that, or at least something along those lines. Still, nice to meditate on that. (8/10)
Pressure gives me the feeling I’m back in the 90s. And I wonder where Kenny G is? (9/10)
Is There Somebody Who Can Watch You is, basically, the perfect ending to this perfect album. It’s so peaceful and quiet and makes me love you so much right now! (10/10)
The album is cohesive and the songs blend very well, regardless of the sound they have. The whole aspect is somewhat ethereal and alien, with future sounds combined with ’70s synths, the ’80s sax and ’90s energy. Some of the songs make me want to dance, and some of them make me want to cry, but most of them manage to do make dance while crying. This is what makes The 1975 – the album – so addictive.
Track list: 01. The 1975 00:00 / 02. The City 1:20 / 03. M.O.N.E.Y. 5:07 / 04. Chocolate 8:43 / 05. Sex 12:31 / 06. Talk! 15:58 / 07. An Encounter 18:45 / 08. Heart Out 19:57 / 09. Settle Down 23:22 / 10. Robbers 27:22 / 11. Girls 31:38 / 12. 12 36:00 / 13. She Way Out 37:14 / 14. Menswear 41:13 / 15. Pressure 44:39 / 16. Is There Somebody Who Can Watch You 48:20