ALBUM REVIEW: The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

The 1975 are that aesthetically pleasing band that deliver harmonic synths, cinematic instrumentation and emotional storylines. They’ve always been like that ever since their debut EP and they’re very unapologetic about it. Their third studio album ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ is a bold and endearing collection of tracks that offers a bigger arena ready sound that compliments their massive upcoming world tour. The singles ‘Give Yourself A Try’, ‘TooTimeTooTimeTooTime’, ‘Love It If We Made It’ and ‘Sincerity Is Scary’ reintroduce that big cinematic sound their debut album revolved around. It sounds like every track could be the soundtrack to a indie-film and perfectly sets up their ‘Music For Cars’ era which all of these songs could be perfectly blasted in. Following in their footsteps, ‘It’s Not Living If It’s Not With You’ has a massive singalong chorus whilst ’I like America & America Likes Me’ continues the bold reign and incorporates hip-hop influences which add a different layering to their sound. But they begins to strip it back with the slow rock anthem ‘Inside Your Mind’ and eventually strip it all the way back to the raw ballads ‘Be My Mistake’, ‘Surrounded By Heads And Bodies’, ‘Mine’ and ‘I Couldn’t Be More In Love’. But the albums strangest moment comes from the electronic spoken-word ‘The Man Who married A Robot’ which literally details the storyline of a man falling in love with the internet. it’s a great commentary of how we miss out on real life experiences because we are so glued to our phones and computer screens that we miss out on what is happening around us. And that is the common theme  this album explores. It’s an emotional and honest collection of tracks which continues what The 1975 have always succeeded in and that is authenticity. It’s a big and vibey listen which really needs to be consumed with headphones on before you take it for a drive in your car.