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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the British rock band was produced by the band's own Matthew Healy and George Daniel.
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Give Yourself A Try
You learn a couple things when you get to my age Like friends don't lie and it all tastes the same in the dark When your vinyl and your coffee... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Dec 3, 2018
    100
    There's so much going on in this record, but it's far from a case of throwing everything against the wall and seeing what sticks. A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships is a considered, ambitious album from a band who are constantly pushing themselves.
  2. Q Magazine
    Nov 20, 2018
    100
    A Brief Inquiry... feel not just hugely entertaining and moving, but necessary. [Jan 2019, p.104]
  3. 91
    The 1975 don’t presume to have all the answers, but their sincerity and vulnerability make for a tremendous record that speaks to the state we live in. It’s their best work yet.
  4. Nov 29, 2018
    80
    It’s the points at which A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships veers away from the preset aesthetic that feel the most profound.
  5. 80
    Overall, it’s not as gleeful as their last one, but melodic light relief abounds, as on the Belinda Carlisle outtake that is It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You). Those conclusions feel earned, not merely hashtagged.
  6. Nov 30, 2018
    76
    Great albums don’t need to define a generation or open doors to other worlds, they just need to make great music--and Inquiry does exactly that. It’s a batch of quality pop songs--nothing more, nothing less.
  7. Dec 17, 2018
    30
    Some of the arrangements wouldn't be that bad if they hadn't been sampled and sequenced to death. But if over-producing the life out of something is one thing, any use of the dreaded Auto-Tune facility is another. It runs through A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships like the plague to the point where numerous listens later I still have no idea what Matty Healy's actual singing voice sounds like.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
  1. Dec 11, 2018
    10
    The newest installment of 1975's trilogy of albums has finally been let out to the world this album does not disappoint and it is one of theThe newest installment of 1975's trilogy of albums has finally been let out to the world this album does not disappoint and it is one of the bands best albums to date
    The album goes straight after the problems that the internet has brought up such as insecurity and depression
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  2. Dec 3, 2018
    10
    A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships is easily one of the best albums of 2018. The 1975 have constructed an album filled with pop rockA Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships is easily one of the best albums of 2018. The 1975 have constructed an album filled with pop rock hits that are infectious and memorable. You'll find yourself dancing to the first half of the album and crying through the second half. Its great blend of pop, rock, gospel and electronic is truly an example of their ambitious yet fantastical feet. Expand
  3. Nov 30, 2018
    10
    "TOOGOODTOOGOODTOOGOOD". The album is highly experimental, bringing all the heavy issues yet the execution is simply delicate and easy to"TOOGOODTOOGOODTOOGOOD". The album is highly experimental, bringing all the heavy issues yet the execution is simply delicate and easy to digest thanks to the superiority of the lyrics accompanied by the heavenly melodies. This is their world with their own rules, we are entities that follow the flow of their own melancholy. OK Computer of our generation some said, seems like a little bit exaggeration but seriously there's nothing to be ashamed of. Sincerity is Scary, I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes) and Give Yourself A Try are the highlights of the album with all other tracks serving high replay value. ABIIOR is undoubtedly the definition of instant classic, period. Expand
  4. Dec 4, 2018
    9
    Absolutely gorgeous album. My issue with the 1975 has always been them releasing great singles with rather boring albums (with a few decentAbsolutely gorgeous album. My issue with the 1975 has always been them releasing great singles with rather boring albums (with a few decent deep-cuts). Self titled was over all good and "I like it..." could really bore me at times. Going into this album I was expecting the same. There were more great singles, but they were really all over the place stylistically. I was excited nonetheless. I downloaded it as soon as it dropped and was extremely surprised from what i heard. This album explores many different genres from electropop to traditional jazz. Usually, this would be a weird thing to do for most bands. But there was a weird thing about this album- The 1975 made it work. "A brief Inquiry..." blends electropop, jazz, post-rock, and ambient to create a hauntingly beautiful album that makes us think about life in 2018. You could argue that this album was boring at times, but I would say that this album is just a slowburner most of the time. If you're going into this album wanting their sleek pop rock sound that the band has become known for, look to their other two albums. This is a different one, a more conscious album that is ushering in a new era for the band. I've been blown away every time I've listened to this album since it was released. This album might just cement The 1975 as the most important pop band of the decade. Expand
  5. Nov 30, 2018
    8
    Easily their most well rounded work to date, as well as their most experimental. Matty Healy's wordplay remains unmatched as he continues toEasily their most well rounded work to date, as well as their most experimental. Matty Healy's wordplay remains unmatched as he continues to improve in writing and explore various topics outside of love, drugs, and sex, such as politics, societal issues, technology, the internet, etc.
    However, that doesn't compensate for the obvious misplacement of Give Yourself a Try & TOOTIME. These 2 songs don't belong on the record in my opinion, especially the latter.
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  6. Jan 7, 2019
    7
    From the first moments of the new sounding, yet familiar words of "The 1975", it is clear that the English group are confident and are notFrom the first moments of the new sounding, yet familiar words of "The 1975", it is clear that the English group are confident and are not afraid to try new and uncharted territories in their catalogue. Although this new, yet old intro lacks suspense like the version on 2016's "I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful, Yet So Unaware of It", once you hear the harsh guitar tone and the driving electronic drum beats of the lead single, "Give Yourself a Try", you realize that this album is for and about introverts, the internet, and the zombies that it and social media will eventually make us become. Healy sings, "The only apparatus required for happiness is your pain, and f*cking going outside", and "When I was 25, and afraid to go outside. A millennial that baby boomers like", as text evidence to the theme of the record, and delivers an early highlight of the record. The electropop bounce of "TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME" is fun, jovial, and has one of the catchiest hooks of the whole album. The cinematic front half of "How to Draw / Petrichor" is absolutely beautiful, while the second half brings scratchy and static-like techno into play, which mimics the likes of Radiohead's "Kid A".

    The band elaborates on current world issues on "Love It If We Made It", and as a result, they have made possibly the best song of their career. The stunning bass work of Ross MacDonald especially brings the elevated section of the hook out and into the limelight and makes this the golden treasure of the record. Healy also take stabs at Trump by repeating some famous and controversial quotes of his. "I moved on her like a b*tch" starts this verse along with "Thank you, Kanye! Very cool!" making an appearance only just a few seconds later. "Be My Mistake" is a calm and quiet crooner and gives the record a rewarding, yet necessary pace change. "Sincerity is Scary" is a tune that shows that The 1975 can switch from techno to rock to electropop to a gospel like it's nothing. The group takes political issues for another turn around on "I Like America & America Likes Me". This song features a whole ton of autotune, Soundcloud rapper-esque trap beats, and a frontman singing about gun control and fears of dying. Healy explains that he's "...scared of dying", but that "...it's fine". Although the lyrics would lead you to believe that this the dull snoozer of the album, this song is one of the most unique and exciting listens of "...Brief inquiry...".

    A man falls in love with the Internet and the Internet always says yes to his desires and requests on "The Man Who Married a Robot / Love Theme". This Siri-narrated track displays themes of social media and our addiction that we have to it, and also begs comparison to Radiohead's "Fitter Happier", which resides on 1997's "OK Computer". The "Love Theme" section features glimmering pianos, fluttering flutes, and strings that give the song character, but also bring a creepy tone to the table. "Inside Your Mind" is a soft, and breezy musical passage that is similar to the group's 2014's single, "Medicine". Matty Healy talks about romanticizing heroin on "It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)". This song, dipped in a gilttering and shiny 80s pop sound, is definitely one of the highlights of the albums, and has a very catchy chorus as well.

    The album becomes just a tad bit inconsistent at this point, and dips slightly in fluency. "Surrounded By Heads & Bodies" is much like "Be My Mistake", a necessary and well-fitting pace changer, but "Mine" unfortunately relaxes too much and takes the wrong way at the fork in the road after the previous song. "I Couldn't Be More in Love" may have ended up on the same road as "Mine" if it didn't have a distinct, and swaying Michael Bolton-esque to it. Although this may seem like a genre that isn't familiar to The 1975's discography, Matty and the boys handle it very well. The big album closer "I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes)" calls on the Britpop sounds of Oasis and The Verve. The group is good at switching music styles and this song is no exception. It is a giant song and will make fans in arenas swoon over its sound, even more than they already possibly are.

    "A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships" may not have been as groovy as "I Like It When You Sleep...", but it is another confident and triumphant album from The 1975, and also brings the group to new territories in the context of music and lyricism. Although, the album doesn't have the brightest moments at times, it is still a great piece of art that is now in their catalogue.
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  7. Dec 14, 2018
    3
    A terrible album with terrible productions. I don't get what the hype for this album or for the band is. Why are they considered good or evenA terrible album with terrible productions. I don't get what the hype for this album or for the band is. Why are they considered good or even worthy of mainstream attraction? They just sound like any generic indie pop/rock bands and honestly nothing original. Its incredible how low music industry standards have dropped when we now consider this trash album as the pinnacle for the year. This is why in my home country you never hear their songs on the radio because they are so trash. Expand

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