IT HAS finally happened, after a long wait, The 1975 have released their follow up to 2013’s self titled debut.
I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It, was released to the masses last Friday (Feb 26th) .
The album opens with “The 1975” a reincarnated version of the opening track to the 2013 album, it has been polished up and revamped to kick start this album brilliantly.
We are quickly thrown into the albums first single “Love Me” a funky upbeat track that brings the 80’s into modern day. It showcases the new sound The 1975 have chosen for this album.
“UGH!” follows “Love Me” the second single the band released late last year. “UGH!” has a more pop sound to it than “Love Me” however it again carries the groovy vibe of upbeat guitar hooks and catchy lyrics.
We are then taken into “A Change of Heart” again you can feel the 80’s vibe on this track, a love song? Possibly, but you can’t deny there is a darker undertone to this song, it’s a tone changer from the first three tracks on the album.
We are taken on a religious questioning in “If I Believe You” where the gospel choirs are brought out to work with the lead vocals. It has a sway to it, with the dry drums creating a huge ambiance upon the song.
“Please Be Naked” loses Healy’s vocals and sees a four-minute instrumental take charge. It has a haunting piano opening the track and more and more instruments are added to create a climax effect, it’s wonderfully peaceful as the intro piano returns for the song’s outro.
“Lost My Head” returns every fan to the EP era of the band. Lyrics “And you said I lost my head, can you see it?” are similar to the band’s song “Facedown” which appeared on their “Facedown” EP. It’s a real treat and the song holds so much 1975 history. It launches into an anthem, one which will create so much crowd pleasure and ambiance when played live.
“Ballad Of Me And My Brain” opens again with gospel singers, before blowing up into a fast paced heavier track. Healy’s fast paced vocals are complimented by the drumming of George Daniel and Adam Hann’s guitar.
The already familiar “Somebody Else” takes the album back to the dance fueled pop that this album promised. The disco style beats are a real winner on this one. With the bass notes being so prominent it’s clear that this song, when played live, will be filling chests.
“Loving Someone” opens with the sound of a deep house track, however it isn’t long before the vocals take charge and the drum beat smashed hard in the background. The song has hints of Mike Skinner (The Streets) just obviously made to sound more poppy. You can hear this at the end of “Loving Someone” where the song enters a spoken word final verse.
The title track hits us just after half-way, full of well mixed synths and repeating vocal words split to create their own beats. The song takes a turn into the dance genre and it’s delightful.
The album’s third single follows straight on – “The Sound” a catchy upbeat song that forces you to want to dance. The track has clear structure and is something you would rejoice hearing on the radio. It has big piano chords and pulsating drum beats.
“This Must Be A Dream” is going to go down as one of the bands classics, Ross MacDonald‘s bass rattles loosely in the songs background, whilst Healy’s vocals push to the front of the song. The backing singers announcing “This must be my dream” is something fresh and definitely not something we would of heard on The 1975’s first album. This song just shows how the band have evolved.
We move onto the album’s third last song “Paris” where elements of The Police and Sting can be heard clearly. The guitar tone and even the way it is played reminds the listener of such artists. However it’s spun in the fantastic material The 1975 spin all their songs in and they totally make it their own. Like many of The 1975’s songs “Paris” tells a story.
“Nana” keeps the vibe of “Paris” it’s slow and has a softer touch than the rest of the album. The track is acoustically driven, after a minute we hear more instruments appearing in the song, drums, bass and those ever common synths.
“She Lays Down” takes the sound of “Nana” and strips it even further, simple sounding vocals with natural reverb are complimented by a slow picking guitar, we are far away from the sound first showcased on this album. It’s all rounded off to Matt Healy saying “That was it” simple yet effective.
ILIWYSFYASBYSUOI could have already won “best album of the year” but if it doesn’t it’s definitely set the bench mark high. The album is a million miles from the bands first release and I’m sure they will amplify the divide with their live shows.
You can still buy The 1975’s new album here.