The 1975’s third studio album, “A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships”, was released on the 30th November 2018.
The album is one of two albums the band plan on releasing within 6 months, with “Notes on a Conditional Form” planned for release in May 2019. This is their first album since “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It” was released in 2016, that album which went certified Platinum and reached the top of the album charts in both the United Kingdom and the United States, resulting in massive standards for this album.
The album itself, which was produced by Matty Healy himself and partly recorded in the famous Abbey Road studio, certainly lived up to the expectation musically, the production on the album is outstanding, giving a sort of gospel sound off over many of the tracks.
The album contains 15 songs, spanning over 58 minutes, a rather long album, which personally for me is sometimes a problem as I very easily get bored of the same sound, which unfortunately, this album does.
The band released 5 of the songs as singles, these are some of the stand out songs on the album with “Love it if we made it” and “Give yourself a try”, which features samples from Joy Division, being two of my favorites due to their classic 1975 sound.
Starting off with a rather gospel number in the self-titled song, “The 1975”, when reviewing this album this song really stood out to me, its gospel undertones and rather brilliant production made it a very enjoyable listen for me and probably one of my favorites off the album.
The album, despite its obvious focus on the production over lyrics, does have some relevant themes within the album, “Love if we made it” being the outstanding one, addressing topics such as American national anthem protests and the untimely death of rapper Lil Peep.
Other songs on the album that weren’t released as singles like “Be my mistake” and “Couldn’t be more in love” are brilliant songs, the former being a very slow, acoustic number, something not usually heard within the bands releases, it allows the listener to hear Matty Healy’s vocals better than ever before.
On the other side I did find some problems with this album, a few songs, like “TOOTIMETOOTIME” and “I Like America & American likes me”, were rather repetitive, outlining the fact I believe they cared a lot more about the production over the lyrics and maybe eventually sound and “The man who married a robot / Love theme” seemed completely out of place, maybe seen as an interlude, it was a bad choice, really making me not want to listen to the second half of the album.
In a whole I was skeptical about this album, I slated the album instantly due to its pop genre sound but after a few more listens it has grown on me. This album is defiantly worth a listen, but you’ll find it hard to reach the end.
Overall Rating: 7.5/10