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  • Summary: The fourth full-length studio release for the British rock band features guest appearances from Phoebe Bridgers, Cutty Ranks, FKA Twigs, Tim Healy, and Greta Thunberg.
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The 1975 (NOACF)
We are right now in the beginning of a climate and ecological crisis, and we need to call it what it is: an emergency. We must acknowledge that we do... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. 100
    The 1975 have somehow put out an album made for introspection and headphone listening and dancing around your living room, something deep and sprawling and occasionally silly to dig deep into over many listens, during which your favourite track will shift on a daily basis. Something that requires time and attention – something just right for now.
  2. May 22, 2020
    80
    In many ways, it's a lot to take in at once, but that's not necessarily a bad thing because it shows a level of unquenchable ambition, creativity, and outspoken curiosity that's rarely felt in popular music today.
  3. May 22, 2020
    80
    If this is their worst album, and you might believe that it is, then they very well may be the best band in the world. If quality is more important that quantity, then they must simply be the worst band in the world. It’s all about perspective, and at 80 minutes and 22 songs, you’d expect some measure of clarity to emerge from Notes On A Conditional Form. What you do get is a Taylor Swift album in the midst of five great songs, five decent tracks and 12 give-or-takes. And that, in today’s artistic climate, is tantamount to excellence.
  4. May 26, 2020
    70
    It might not live up to its lofty goals, but the sheer amount of daring on Notes on a Conditional Form solidifies the four guitar-wielding dudes of the 1975 as the biggest, boldest, and brashest purveyors of something resembling what we used to call rock n’ roll, which, as Healy knows well, was always at least as much a pose as a sound. He wears it well.
  5. May 22, 2020
    60
    When they're playing to their strengths, the 1975 provide a robust platform for Healey’s witty, romantic, confused yet always committed interrogation of the essential artifice of his role as reluctant rock star with a conscience, shouting into a void already filled with the echoes of other voices. Like many double albums, there is a fine single album here fighting to get out. If only.
  6. May 21, 2020
    60
    It makes Notes on a Conditional Form a curious thing, an album whose flaws are inherent in what it sets out to do: music for the no-filter generation, with all the good and bad that entails.
  7. 20
    A smug farrago in which each track grates against the next like rusted gears. In between the nonsense – meaningless orchestral interludes and indistinguishable dance tracks inspired by Jon Hopkins and Bonobo – there are flashes of promise, mostly in the instrumentation. Even this is lost to inconsistent mixing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 41
  2. Negative: 14 out of 41
  1. May 25, 2020
    10
    the first listen is a lot, as this album has a lot to say... but damn it only gets better every time
  2. May 25, 2020
    10
    the great part of the album is varied, The 1975 shows us that once again they are not only an indie band but they know how to go further thanthe great part of the album is varied, The 1975 shows us that once again they are not only an indie band but they know how to go further than their base genre. Expand
  3. May 29, 2020
    9
    Most people don't like the diversity of this album. I on the other hand love it.
  4. May 22, 2020
    7
    Not on Brief Inquiry level but still good.. i feel like the more i hear, the best it turns
  5. May 22, 2020
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The singles were so good! What happened?!?!? There is a lot of filler (which is unnecessary because there are 22 songs, which means that there is room scrap some things) I was kinda bored while listening to the album. And NOTHING IS COHESIVE!! don’t get me wrong! I really enjoy about half of the album, I just think they should’ve spent a little bit more time on this project because there are some really good songs... like all of the singles. So yeah, 5/10. Expand
  6. May 29, 2020
    3
    One might be tempted to compare Notes... to certain canonical albums which are similarly sprawling and disjointed. Fleetwood Mac’s TuskOne might be tempted to compare Notes... to certain canonical albums which are similarly sprawling and disjointed. Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk springs immediately to mind - an opus that left many listeners scratching their heads and which polarised fans. Whilst that particular example has aged well and remains a wonderful mess, it’s so hard to picture this offering’s status as a classic being debated in 40 years’ time. It’s simply flabby. There are some wonderful moments here for sure - moments of sweetness, moments of warmth and melody. But equally there are moments - far too many of them - that feel cold, robotic and unwelcome. I’d say it could have used some editing but even trimmed of the weaker tracks, you’d have a single album of less merit than any of its predecessors. Maybe it rewards repeated listening - but it certainly doesn’t invite it. Expand
  7. May 22, 2020
    0
    One big fat ego reflecting and boosting release. Jam packed full of instrumental filler and auto tune. All with the goal of sounding deep andOne big fat ego reflecting and boosting release. Jam packed full of instrumental filler and auto tune. All with the goal of sounding deep and motivational but just ends up falling flat on its face, not like that matters because Matty Healy could literally release an album of silence and his cult like fanbase would still call it ‘art’ Expand

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