They tackle things like the current political climate and the ubiquity of social media in a way that is very modern, relevant and clever. There was definitely a lot of anticipation for this record, but I think I was expecting something else. The 1975 © Magdalena Wosinska This album is arguably one of the most socially conscious records of 2018, and certainly for the band overall. I know there was a lot of hype surrounding the album, and the band delivered as they always do. The biggest leap the band has ever taken was with their second album, and this feels like an extension of that record. This band recognizes that and this album is saying: we hear you, we see you, we support you. Meredith: I was unbelievably excited to hear this album, and it exceeded my expectations.
There is some regret in the way we got here, knowing that we are all guilty and participants in the way things are, but there is still a positive outlook and hope for a change. Meredith: Given the amount of growth evident between the first and second albums, I was expecting a certain amount of change for this one as well. Are The 1975 changing lanes or direction at all? This 24-hour news cycle, when coupled with social media addiction, makes room for other forms addiction to grow, as people are now being more stimulated than ever before. Well done boys, well done. The album is about relationships that are mediated online and what that means. I'm usually sceptical to albums upon release, this one I've already fallen in love with. A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, however, did not disappoint in the slightest.
I did not expect that amount of acoustic, raw songs, but I was so happy with them. Nicole: While I absolutely loved adding at least five new words to my vocabulary every time I listened to a new 1975 album, the simplicity of the lyrics this time around makes them so accessible and universal to the general audience that it just makes the band even more potent and relevant to today. One of my favorite records of the year, by far. I loved the flow of the album and the experimentation with sound and genre. And it's been only 12 hours. Being open about his struggles and letting each song hold its own space shows a great deal of maturity. The trajectory of their sound since their first album shows that they are capable of incredible things.
It just fits perfectly into my taste in music and art. In terms of musicianship it's an uncomparable wild mix of inspirations from multiple artists and genres at once, in terms of structure this album is imo really close to A Rush of Blood to the Head by Coldplay just look at the flow of both of them, the common themes between a couple of songs. The song finds Matty Healy grappling with life, love, and infidelity on the road, and his internal battle of desperately trying to remain faithful to his partner while fans are literally throwing themselves at him. We may feel lost and confused, but the potential for our future is limitless. I still love it, but this is the proper, grown-up, consistent, focused, filler-less 1975 album I've been waiting for. Bending and told him this band would be huge one day.
I also think this album proves something to anyone who still considers The 1975 a frivolous pop band because of their predominantly teen girl fanbase. Is the growth displayed in this album expected? Maggie: Growth should be expected for any artist that releases multiple records — if it all remains the same, why care in the first place? I think that The 1975 paint all of these themes so well. Upon first listening to it all the way through, it was difficult not to notice the growth that the band has achieved in such relatively short time; as a super-fan for well over 5 years, this album above all made me feel so incredibly proud. I do know that it is a record you need to properly digest. They really have their fingers on the pulse of pop culture and are constantly evolving along with their fans, who seem to multiply every day. No more metaphors and ambiguous messages, but rather, opening up conversations that we are so afraid to uncover. The way in which this album is able to span from an electronica-infused alternative and tropical dancehall, to jazz standards and ballads is truly remarkable.
Not everything needs to be long, drawn out or flowery for it to have a meaning that resonates with people. Do you have a favorite lyric that best reflects these sociocultural sentiments? The Atwood team is made up of individuals from all over the world that are passionate about art and innovation. Natalie: I really liked it! Sometimes you can say much more by saying hardly anything at all. First time I heard Love It If We Made It, all that anticipation I had became a reality. Maggie: If anyone can shift so seamlessly between genres, themes, and overall styles, it is absolutely The 1975.
You read about a three-minute interlude narrated by a Siri-like robot and brace yourself for a flop, but when you finally listen to it, you realize it makes complete sense. And that for me is beautiful. Natalie: I feel this album speaks to young people very directly. Growth comes with experience, and I think this band is at a very different point than they were four years ago, both personally and artistically. Caitlin: I absolutely love that these lyrics are much more straightforward and honest. Caitlin: It does, for obvious reasons. It takes the best of the last 40 years of music and blends it into one giant masterpiece that blew me off.
The music has the space to speak for itself. But I do agree with Natalie in that they never have to force transition or flow…it just works naturally for them. Featured here are writers , , , , , and — — What has been your initial reaction to A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships? I do have a feeling Notes could really be something special. Every track captured something a little different, but they all fit together beautifully. Sara: I agree with Natalie.
The 1975 are astutely cognizant of this, and while each of their records have hearkened back to their predecessors in slight ways, the band still maintains a remarkable sense of knowing that they can always improve, and constantly work to become better versions of themselves. They completely nailed the tracklist. Natalie: I wish I could say I agreed with that. I also believe that The 1975 are doing something incredible. Metaphors are often used to mask emotions because there is still that mediation between the story-telling and the truth. Meredith: As reviews of this album came flooding in, I was a little worried hearing about all the different sounds colliding on this record. The 1975 feel as though they have a responsibility to their fans to use their art to best represent and reflect what is happening the world around them, and do so in a way that is digestible and understanding.
This album left me wanting more a good thing for me, something I look for in a good album. Since honesty is the trademark of this record, it seems very fitting to dial down on the complexity of the words and instead of the feelings. It feels like it's unique and like it does something new, even after blending so many old inspirations within itself. If there was any moment to do this, this was it. So many emotions and messages running through. The whole of their career has been about discovery and pushing boundaries. Sara: I think that their growth is both natural and expected.