In a recent Twitter spiff with indie band Reverend and the Makers, The 1975’s frontman, Matty Healy (@truman_black), claimed “We make music for TODAY”. This is a statement that I struggle to find evident at all in their latest album.
To put it simply ‘I like it when you sleep…’ is nothing more than a nostalgia trip through the era of sugarcoated, ambient electropop (that’s the 80’s by the way…). Sadly the record itself offers nothing new to a sound we’re all familiar too. Oh and it’s 74 minutes long too.
Now usually, for an album to last over the 60-70 minute mark it needs to be full of rich and memorable tracks, with little to no “filler” or the generic “boring album track”. Maybe have a concept to keep the listener hooked (e.g To Pimp A Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar), or blend a mix of genres and influences to create interesting and, maybe, less heard sounds (Swans – To Be Kind).
Credit where credits due, The 1975 do throw some very Don Broco-like alt rock (because that was SO amazing) into the mix in an attempt to blend sounds, best example being ‘Love Me’, a very upbeat track that resembles a Duran Duran B-side (I mean that in the nicest way possible).
Unfortunately though, the album is just boring as hell. ‘UGH’ sounds horrific in every way possible, from the annoying, gaspy vocals to the most generic “funk” instrumentals that sound almost identical to ‘Love Me’.
‘Lostmyhead’ is a bland attempt at shoegaze featuring horrifically cringey “minimalist” lyrics, whilst ‘Please Be Naked’ is a rather pathetic instrumental to put it kindly.
Summing up. it’s actually quite sad to see how far The 1975 have fallen since their early material and impressive debut album. But who knows, maybe the Manc lads are experimenting with all kinds of sounds right now. God knows what we”ll get next, hopefully it’ll help us forget this ever happened.