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Album Review: The 1975 – The 1975

Artist: The 1975
Album: The 1975
Tracks: 16
Release Date: 2nd September 2013
Label: Dirty Hit/Polydor (UK) Vagrant/Interscope (US)

The 1975 are a band that I want to love, and believe me I’ve tried. I first discovered the Mancunian band whilst doing some research on the bands that would be playing Boardmasters before I went. They can be defined as alternative rock or indie rock, in the same way that all artists are loosely labelled, although their music has more of an electronic/ambient feel laced with indie vocals.

I heard the EP version of Sex when that was released last year, and I listened with open hears. In all honesty, I liked it on one play through, but the more I listened, the more it bored me. However, those are harsh words to say hello on, there are definite positives about The 1975′s music.

Initially, I heard fast and energetic guitars and I heard tight drum playing and I loved what I heard – it’s definitely upbeat music for good moods and summer days. The more I listened, I began to love the melodic and passionate singing of Matt Healy, the band’s vocalist. Take a listen to the EP version of Sex below:

However, upon hearing The 1975′s new self-titled album, all love I had for the band started to grow cold. Yes, I liked what I had heard when I first heard them, but after hearing an album with 16 tracks that all sound the same, The 1975′s first effort was far from endearing.

One of their most popular songs The City acts as a first track after the intro that is The 1975. A song which doesn’t show much originality if you ask me; a song called The 1975, by The 1975 on an album called The 1975 but there we are. The City begins with a dance-like drum beat and dub-step styled guitar chords ‘wobbing’ behind a whiny and a vocal track with hints of use of a vocoder.

Most of the album continues with the same fashion, alternating between dance beats and calm and relaxed drums reminiscent of The xx. If The 1975 were to be played in its entirety without looking at your laptop or CD player, it would be hard to determine when one song ended and another began, and not in the genius of Pink Floyd way. I listened to all 16 tracks looking for a song to show you which was different, dramatically from the others, but sadly I couldn’t find one.

It’s safe to say, this album isn’t my cup of tea. But that’s not to say it won’t be yours. If you like slow and relaxing songs with dance beats and an edge of electronic, then perhaps this will be the album for you! If you like indie vocals, quiet intros and upbeat guitars, then this is the album for you! The best advice I can give you, is to take some time out of your day to go and give The 1975′s first album a listen.

Check out The City from The 1975′s debut album, let us know what you think!



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