The 1975
The 1975


4.0
excellent

Review

by Point1 USER (14 Reviews)
September 6th, 2013 | 35 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The 1975 is a striking pop album that revels in indulgence and excess.

The 1975 deftly compresses a variety of influences ranging from Michael Jackson to The Smiths while still sounding distinct. While the record sounds more 80s than M83 ever has, it still shines with a stylish modern sheen that complements the subject matter perfectly. It's evident that it is an album eleven years in the making, as while the very pop-heavy style may turn people off, every decision is carefully deliberate and thematically appropriate. This album should not be dismissed as run-of-the-mill.

The songs themselves range from fairly good to excellent, thankfully devoid of the clunkers that marred each EP. The question asked by most fans leading up to the release of this album was whether they would lean on their pop tendencies or their more sonic R&B experimentations, and they seem to have embraced both. While they never really combine them effectively (although "Menswear" comes close), the happy middle ground is the short interludes placed evenly throughout the album. While they don't really add much, they are a nice addition to an already lengthy tracklist. The proper songs are very radio-friendly while still having bite past what one would expect from a typical synth-pop album. Matt Healy channels the dry cynicism of Morrissey a bit, especially on the peppy and insightful “Girls”, outlining the central themes of the album: sex, excess and domination. “I know you're looking for salvation in the secular age, but girl I'm not your savior,” While the subject matter may seem shallow, there's a glittery darkness beneath every sex-fuelled lyric.

The issue with this full-throttle pop sound is that when the songs aren't catchy they suffer considerably: “Pressure” goes all-in on pop appeal and falls fairly short, with its chorus only registering somewhat. “M.O.N.E.Y” contains the only cringe-worthy section of the album, a jarring bridge consisting of an electronically edited voice spelling out the main title. However, the preceding three minutes of the song are the closest to the electro-R&B of their past work, and it does sound very pleasant with the fancy production of Mike Crossey (Foals, Arctic Monkeys). The production value of this album is through the roof, but the shiny production only makes it more effective on every level. “Robbers”, which has album highlight written all over it suffers from melodrama, culminating in “Now everyone's dead”, a climax which falls surprisingly flat. His vocal performances, which range from slightly offputting to extremely fitting and energetic, are at their worst when he's forced to sing something dramatic.

Unfortunately, the best songs on this album were already released on the four EPs: “The City” returns as a standout with a heavier electronic punch than ever, sounding better than ever with pitch-perfect synthesizer and less annoying vocals. On the other hand, “Sex” loses a bit of heaviness and changes a bit from the previously released version, but the excellent production more than makes up for it. Those two songs remain the highlights, as the Tears for Fears inspired “Heart Out” and “Settle Down” have an uptempo appeal but are too fundamentally imperfect to beat them out.

The 1975 glories in sex and excess, and it fits that it would wear its influences on its sleeve. While listeners will recognize Tears for Fears, The Smiths, Michael Jackson, and M83 among others, it somehow never fails to be an album distinctly its own. It may not be a classic, but it is one of the best pop albums of the year and one that should not be brushed past or overlooked.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
SeaAnemone
September 6th 2013


21401 Comments


someone with sweet taste please comment on this and tell me if I should like it
lotta sites with questionable taste (reddit, absolutepunk) are all over this and I don't know whether I should try it

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
September 6th 2013


14672 Comments


i heard one song it was ok

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
September 6th 2013


14672 Comments


fuckin sweet band name tho

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
September 6th 2013


7510 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm surprised by the extent to which I don't hate this.

Brostep
Emeritus
September 6th 2013


4255 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ali I'm surprised you didn't rate this higher. Album's a preliminary 4 on first listen, but it could easily go up. "Chocolate" and "The City" are two of the songs of the year IMO

Point1
September 6th 2013


239 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

SeaAnenome, listen to The City. If you don't like it then you won't like this. Absolutepunk are going way overboard on it as usual.

Cygnatti
September 6th 2013


30351 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This is so fucking overrated on absolutepunk it's ridiculous. Just because some band makes a passable and catchy alt pop band, they go nuts.

SeaAnemone
September 6th 2013


21401 Comments


10s in this is really really bad
please don't compare this to M83 ugghhhhhhhhhh

HolidayKirk
September 6th 2013


1721 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lol Dammit I literally just finished my review of this. I'll give this one some time to breathe I dont wanna be like that.



Album is good on first impact but I dont know how good it will sound in a couple months.

Cygnatti
September 6th 2013


30351 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Yeah. I was kinda pissed to see it in the riyl.

SeaAnemone
September 6th 2013


21401 Comments


holy shit this is horrible... offensively so...

Point1
September 6th 2013


239 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

When did I... I said there's a clear influence which is true. Didn't say it was as good or even that similar. I live M83.

HolidayKirk
September 6th 2013


1721 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

These guys definitely sound like M83, thats a perfectly fine recommendation.

Cygnatti
September 6th 2013


30351 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Clear influence doesn't need to be in the riyl tho.

Janelle monae is influenced by David Bowie but I definitely wouldn't put David Bowie in a riyl for her.

SeaAnemone
September 6th 2013


21401 Comments


yeah those comparisons are confounding me... I honestly double-checked the url and stuff twice while the song was playing because I figured I must have had the wrong one...

Point1
September 6th 2013


239 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Weak... Not the same.

Cygnatti
September 6th 2013


30351 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Not a weak influence bro.

SeaAnemone
September 6th 2013


21401 Comments


maybe it's cuz I think of M83 by the bulk of his albums as opposed to just saturdays and dreaming? but I hear such little r & b influence here, too... like sure, a tiny bit (seems like just enough to make AP users feel good about themselves) but at its core this still seems like a generic "artsy" (lol) indie band with scene-y haircuts writing overzealous hooks with a shitty -core influence...

http://gifrific.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/i-feel-like-im-taking-crazy-pills.gif

kinda wanna listen to the rest of this album just because morbid curiosity / I'll have more credibility when I make fun of it

Point1
September 6th 2013


239 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

A lot of people say that "Hurry Up We're Dreaming" is an 80s throwback. It's also a synthpop album with a lot of filtered

vocals. The 1975 is the same on all those. And that's the album I recommended so there you go.



Anyway, it's a recommended by reviewer so who gives a fuck.



If you don't like it whatever. I did. You like some stuff I think is shit. It's a review, it's an opinion.

SeaAnemone
September 6th 2013


21401 Comments


I mean I'm not that mad about the M83 thing anymore I'm just hearing something totally different from what this review describes and it confuses me



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