Sep 4, 2013They’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.
Dec 31, 2013Not since the Vaccines What Did You Expect from the Vaccines? has an album been an instant timeless classic of the indie rock scene. Like theNot 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
Oct 30, 2014The 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.… Expand
Sep 4, 2013This 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
Oct 10, 2014There 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
Sep 3, 2013Here 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
Jan 17, 2015Album 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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