There’s a certain aesthetic The 1975 have that make their sound feel so trendy and modern. In their latest record, that’s a result of both their sound and their message. The 1975 define modern romance in A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, their latest record that finds beauty in love.
A big part of what makes The 1975’s sound so strong is how unique it is. Blending elements of indie, pop, and even some old-school new wave, their sound has this warm familiarity with it that you can’t help but relate to. The eponymous opening track ‘The 1975‘ opens the record perfectly, the raw recording style establishing that there are real people with real emotions behind this record. The record takes no time to get going, single ‘Give Yourself A Try‘ kicking in with a fun punchy riff and enough of a poppy drive to keep it catchy and infectious. ‘TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME‘ follows up with even more of a poppy sweetness to it, before tracks like ‘Love It If We Made It‘ bring in more warmth with its attitude.
A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships is all about the idea that you can find something real in everything. The seductive yet fun lyricism of the album is a testament to that, especially with some of the weirder tracks like the spoken-word ‘The Man Who Married A Robot / Love Theme.’ Real, raw emotion makes the sweet acoustic number ‘Be My Mistake‘ the album’s emotional centerpiece, Matt Healy softly crooning in the chorus: “Save all the jokes you're going to make / Whilst I see how much drink I can take / Then be my mistake.“ The album jumps from being wholeheartedly ready to experience love and other intense emotions in tracks like the warm, madly relatable closing track ‘I Always Want To Die (Sometimes)‘ to poking fun at the idea of society in tracks like ‘It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You).' The 1975 have a lot to say in this record, and they do it well.
The 1975 define modern romance in A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, flaunting their sturdy formula of indie pop to create a surprisingly dynamic and relatable look at society and the way we feel certain ways. Beyond the overtly indie cultural references, there’s a very unique perspective on society and love in this record that you can’t look past.
Favorite Track: By My Mistake
Least Favorite Track: The Man Who Married A Robot / Love Theme
Rating: 76 / 100
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