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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
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  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: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Oct 30, 2014
    10
    The self-titled debut album of the British indie rock band ‘The 1975’ is definitely a timeless piece of art. The album was released on the 2ndThe self-titled debut album of the British indie rock band ‘The 1975’ is definitely a timeless piece of art. The album was released on the 2nd September 2013 and climbed to the No. 1 position of the UK Albums Chart within six days of its release. The 1975 have managed to push the genre boundaries of pop, punk, electronic and rock and have fabricated their own particular sound that is extremely unique and distinguishable.
    The indie four-piece was formed during high school in Manchester, UK in 2002 consisting of lead singer and guitarist Matt Healy; drummer George Daniel; Adam Hann on guitar; and bassist Ross Macdonald. The band initially began covering punk songs when Adam had heard of a “hippy council worker” who rented out a local space for kids to play shows. After writing and composing a few of their original songs, the band started touring locally under several names including: Talkhouse, The Slowdown, Bigsleep and Drive Like I Do until eventually settling on the name ‘The 1975’.
    The 1975’s self-titled debut album consists of 16 tracks and has a total length of 50 minutes and 41 seconds with all songs written and composed by the four band members themselves. Mike Crossey, the producer of Arctic Monkeys, collaborated with the quartet’s debut album on all tracks except tracks 7, 12 and 16. This collaboration helped coin the 1975’s unique sound to a greater extent.
    Songwriter Matt Healy was able to accompany these amazing instrumentals with sharp lyrics that encapsulated youthful thoughts of sex and drugs – and somehow it collides perfectly. Healy seems to have a great understanding of integrating these evident themes of the bands target demographic with exceptional guitar melodies and soothing ambient backdrops. Whether it be intentional or not - it is definitely working as seen through their increasing fan base. The fourth track of the self-titled debut album, Chocolate, is a great example of Healy’s integration of drugs within the lyrics. Healy starts the first verse with a simile comparing chocolate with marijuana, “Hey now call it a spliff ‘cause you know that you will. Oh you bite your friends like chocolate”. After this initial simile, he continues to use this comparison throughout the song with another line, “Now we run run away from the boys in the blue, and my car smells like chocolate”. This metaphor can be easily digested by the target demographic and is definitely a great use of poetic devices within the song.
    The tenth track, Robbers, is definitely my personal favourite on this album. The song is embedded with powerful lyrics orchestrating a dangerous and lustful tale of two lovers that live on the wild side. Robbers was originally inspired by the Quentin Tarantino film ‘True Romance’ and characters like Bonnie and Clyde.
    The 1975’s self-titled debut album pushes the boundaries of several genres with the electronic style infused with rock and pop. Their extremely unique sound is accompanied with powerful and sharp lyrics that will stimulate the minds of its listeners.
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  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 byI'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 4, 2013
    9
    This album is rich is musical variety. You'll find yourself drawing comparisons to U2, The Police, UB40, Simple Minds, The Strokes, TheThis album is rich is musical variety. You'll find yourself drawing comparisons to U2, The Police, UB40, Simple Minds, The Strokes, The Killers, and even Cyndi Lauper. Every song is catchy and enjoyable, or otherwise purely visceral, and technically masterful. Matt Healy has to be one of the best vocalists around right now, as well as one of the best lyricists. There are so many clever lines that serve to deliver profound messages, and make you think, or feel. The most enjoyable song to me is probably "Chocolate", but the best song overall has to be "Robbers." This song is an absolute masterpiece, and I don't say that about many songs. A combination of Matt's voice, with a beautiful tone, and powerful, jarring emotion behind it, as well as the devastating lyrics backed by a beautiful track, this song will leave you numb. For the most part though, the album is one of the most enjoyable I've heard in a while, and I will probably find myself pressing replay more times than I'd like to admit on just about all of these songs. Expand
  4. Oct 10, 2014
    8
    There is every reason to hate this album and this band. Hipster image, high-pitched British vocals, uber-repetitive guitar leads, teenageThere is every reason to hate this album and this band. Hipster image, high-pitched British vocals, uber-repetitive guitar leads, teenage appeal, all the ingredients for a pop disaster. However, something about this band just clicks and it just works. This album has catchy, new-wave inspired pop tunes to keep you humming along for months, but it also has some experimental electronic production (for instance, the instrumentals on Menswear). I feel uncomfortable, but this album just deserves a good score, and I can't put my finger on why! Favorite track: Chocolate Expand
  5. 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 nothingHere 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
  6. Sep 19, 2013
    7
    My review of the 1975, the tagline is 'The Sound of Being Young, Horny and Creative'.

    7/10.
    My review of the 1975, the tagline is 'The Sound of Being Young, Horny and Creative'.

    7/10.

    http://osianlewis.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/the-1975-album-review-sound-of-being.html
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  7. Jan 17, 2015
    3
    Album lacks any sense of energy, soul, unpredictability. Sounds like the album is made in a factory, churning out little buzz so-called indieAlbum lacks any sense of energy, soul, unpredictability. Sounds like the album is made in a factory, churning out little buzz so-called indie pop groups ready to be boomed over Journey's PA systems across america. Tracks drag, and never reach a bridge or climax and boredom ensues. I just wish people would try a little harder to expect more from this type of trash. This band has no right to see as many albums as it does. Expand

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