ALBUM REVIEW: The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It

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Award for the longest album title of 2016 goes to The 1975. Their highly anticipated sophomore studio album “I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It” is finally here and it’s as theatrical, moody and raw as you imagined and wanted it to be. Trying to find the words to describe the sound of this record is a very hard thing to do. It jumps between indie rock, 80’s inspired electro synth pop, soulful ballads and INXS/Duran Duran inspired anthems. So basically they are giving you a bit of everything, and more. “Love Me”, “UGH!’, “The Sound” and “She’s American” give you the big hooks and the moments which will have arguing that they are the biggest band of right now. The album in its entirety takes a few listens to digest and appreciate the depth and versatility. Matty Healy leads these songs about family, loss, faith, fidelity, love and fame with confidence and a genuine vulnerability that a lot of bands/artists lack. With a length of 17 tracks this album does feel a bit unnecessarily long and could be shortened for maximum impact. “Change Of Heart”, “The Ballad Of Me And My Brain”, “Somebody Else” and “Loving Someone” lead the record with some of the strongest and most memorable songs. “If I Believe You” was an instant favourite of mine with the struggling concept and a touching gospel incorporation. Some of the tracks are very similar in structure and melodies to the material on their debut album and will have you reaching to check you haven’t accidentally put it on shuffle. “I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It” is a strong record that further cements that this band are not going anywhere anytime soon and they are in fact the real deal.

 

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