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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the British alternative rock band from Manchester was produced by Mike Crossey.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Simply put, this record already feels timeless.
  2. Aug 30, 2013
    80
    [The 1975] offer up some memorable songs with some sharp lyrics.
  3. Sep 3, 2013
    80
    Cuts like "The City," "Chocolate," and "Sex" drive and climb like the best anthemic '80s stadium rock, roiling a host of influences into a single distinct sound that, the moment it hits your ears, becomes timeless.
  4. 70
    They’re successfully anthemic on “She Way Out,” like a nerdy, English version of the Gaslight Anthem. But when they try on modern, digitally glitchy production on “Menswear,” by contrast, it feels (ironically, given the track’s title) like they’re struggling in ill-fitting clothes.
  5. Jan 27, 2014
    60
    Highly intriguing. [Oct 2013, p.97]
  6. 60
    With their lyrical focus on teen sex, money and the misplaced glamour of crime, at times it's like “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”, for boys.
  7. It's a Gary Barlow idea of what indie music sounds like.

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  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
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  1. Dec 31, 2013
    10
    Not since the Vaccines What Did You Expect from the Vaccines? has an album been an instant timeless classic of the indie rock scene. Like the aforementioned Vaccines record, the 1975 is an album that focuses on topics of youth culture, musically however it shares more with the Big Pink than most other modern indie records. Lead vocalist Matt Healy claimed he wanted to produce an album where every song could be a potential hit, and despite my opinion that a debut album should be kept short and sweet Healy has done exactly that; 50 minutes of potential hit singles. This is the best indie record of the year, and given that Arcade Fire released an album this year, that's a big achievement. Expand
  2. Dec 17, 2013
    10
    I'v been into this band for coming onto 2years now I first heard of them from a friend who was browsing sound cloud and came upon Robbers by then Drive Like I Do, The thing that caught me from the start was the mix of MJ vibe mixed with a rock bass line. Their songs about drugs to sex to being horny, to being cheated on, cheating on, falling in love, making out, hooking up, flirting, disbelief of god, getting high and the confused teenage mind It is so relate able to people from all walks of life;
    When i heard of the Album to be released i was unsure what to think after seeing them live 3 times so far the fact that they are just original even though every aspect of the band can relate to Pop/ Rock culture. But the fact that they kept the songs which were close to there hearts chocolate, Robbers, Sex and just cleaned them up is great from a fans point of view as i would hate to see them conform to being a 21st century pop band. For me this album is simply unparalleled by anything that has come from England prior. For me the lyrics to each song and the meaning behind them, they were never meant to be heard by more than 100 people at a gig and certainly never meant for the radio which is what makes them so special, so personal. There is a song on there for everyone who can relate to. Take for example "The City" a song written about Manchester yet it is so personal to Matty that you can take the words and adapt them to the city you live in and in your mind that song could easily be written for you with your memories flashing up with each lyric.
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  3. Sep 14, 2013
    9
    Fresh on the scene, but with this album taking 4 years too complete, it is safe too say that the boys from The 1975 have released a masterpiece, there love for R'n'B and 80's Synth really does show in a selection of there many song's, the powerful, unique vocals from front-man Matt Healy are defiantly not too be missed and compliment the amazing beats and rifts that the rest of the talented band crack out. Bravo lads, bravo. Expand
  4. Sep 21, 2013
    8
    A really enjoyable listen. The album really benefits from the band's 10+ years together and the 80's influence on it. People may label the 80's influence as unoriginal but that doesn't stop the album from being infectious with the heavy synth sound, Matt's emotional vocals (especially on "Robbers") and the musical variety which is present. The instrumentation in "Chocolate" and "Talk!" may make you think of UB40 or The Police while "Sex" is reminiscent of U2, The Strokes or even The Sex Pistols. A debut which definitely gives a good stab at producing 16 tracks that will keep you listening on repeat for a very long time Expand
  5. Oct 3, 2013
    8
    This debut self-titled album from The 1975 does certainly take a while to get used to, mainly because at the first listening the vocals may sound strange. But quickly, listeners will get used to it and they'll begin to enjoy the album (NOTE: This WON'T happen to all listeners). This album is great (once getting used to) and filled with fantastic songs and catchy tunes. The vocals are great and the production of the album itself is fantastic. The main problem that I unfortunately have with the album is that some songs do sound similar and this might put people off. But overall, this is a great debut from The 1975 and I will certainly look forward to their other outings in the future. Expand
  6. Sep 3, 2013
    7
    Here is a band you probably don't realize you have heard and actually love. Whilst their 80's inspired, synth heavy pop sound may be nothing original, it honestly just really works. Having released a slew of EPs, though, it seems we've heard all there is to hear from The 1975. At least that it worth hearing. Now familiar tracks like "The City", "Sex" and "Chocolate" are here, nestled quite happily in with some newer tracks. The best part for me is that they know how to pen a pop song that has honest depth to it. Centering on quite often used themes, it has to be said. A really enjoyable listen, though I doubt whether it has the staying power like the truly great albums do. Expand
  7. Sep 10, 2013
    4
    This album is well written. It is well played. The singing is of a good standard. The style is old-fashioned but has a classic feel to it.

    So why is this album so dreary? In word, The 1975 lack inspiration. Each well crafted song is little different from any other. Well before its seemingly interminable length a listener is likely either to have lost patience and switched off or fallen into a torpid state.

    This album is a clever pastiche, but The 1975 ought not to have bothered.
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