By Megan Palumbo and Mackenzie Dineen – Sports Editor & 1851 Staff
The 1975, a post-modern pop band, released their second album “I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It,” on February 26. A mix of scatter-brained musical influences and sharp lyrics, the album is truly ambitious.
The album has already charted at number one on US Billboard 200, UK, Australian, New Zealand, Scottish, and Czech Albums. The singles “Love Me,” “UGH!,” “The Sound,” “Somebody Else,” and “A Change of Heart,” were released individually over the course of five months prior to the release.
The album is composed of 17 tracks, interlaced with choral vocals, electric guitar, and lengthy instrumentals, “I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It,” is a modern masterpiece. Beginning with a brief, self-titled, “choir piece”, the album then jumps straight into a series of singles, beginning with “Love Me.” The single is filled with eclectic synthetics, funk guitar, and strong, yet fun vocals. “Love Me” speaks on new fame, digital culture, and attitudes surrounding celebrities. With satirical lyrics and such a variety of different sounds, the album begins on an ingenious note.
“UGH!” follows suit, with synthetic sound and poetic lyrics, filled with allusion to cocaine addiction, but maintaining a catchy and danceable beat. “A Change of Heart” steers the previously cheerful tone towards regretful. The song reflects an awareness of the lack of maturity in oneself and those around oneself. This concept is illustrated through a disillusionment with a romantic partner, the ethereal vocals and soft drum beat juxtapose lead singer Matt Healy’s harsh lyrics.
“She’s American,” picks the beat back up with its intricate guitar section, and romantic analysis cultural differences. The album transcends the realm of “catchy,” and skyrockets into celestial. The jazzy, spiritual, “If I Believe You,” is a six minute struggle with God. The verses reflect modern values, while striving to co-exist with a religion for the sake of salvation.
Midway through the album the prereleased “Somebody Else,” has a mellow and catchy beat expressing an old love. “Loving Someone” follows with the same strange keyboard and drum beats that has the reoccurring “old love” theme.
“The Sound” revisits the band’s 80s pop sound that is so catchy and danceable. Lyrics like, “You’re so conceited. I said ‘I love you.’ What does it matter if I lie to you?,” parades the band’s fearless attitude in their compositions. “This Must Be My Dream” and “Paris” have smooth sounds which transition perfectly into the last two acoustic tracks, “Nana” and “She Lays Down.”
Waiting as long as The 1975 did, roughly two years, to release their second album, allowed the fans to overflow from their extensive tour. As the album may be hard to listen to all at once with its monochromatic aesthetics, once each track is divided from the other, it shows how much work was put into vocals.
Fans will be pleased to know The 1975 will be touring this album for the next year or so, traveling through the United States and Europe.