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Review: The 1975’s Bold Debut Album

The self-titled album is an assorted bag.  Going from guitar-heavy hits to dance floor tracks, frontman Matt Healy describes their style as “pretty experimental, and goes from glitch R&B to big 80’s powerpop to mid 90’s soul.”  Unlike their previous EPs, the album doesn’t revolve around one lead track, song after song is a lead with different moments captured.

The varied sound allows for passion to appear, in both music and lyrics.  Regardless of the diverse sound, it is the indie pop tracks that work best.

“Chocolate,” the fourth track, is the perfect creation, a compelling opening guitar riff, and it almost does not matter that the only word clearly heard is “chocolate.” “Girls” is the perfect example of that 80’s synth filled sound.  With a catchy guitar and a youthful sound, you will find yourself dancing and singing along.  Then there is the second track, “The City,” which was the lead song off their debut EP, Facedown, accentuates the strength in Matt’s voice along with a heavy drumbeat and a repetitive chorus.

The album is co-produced by Mike Crossey, who has worked with The Kooks, Artic Monkeys and Keane, and although The 1975’s lyrics do not match the genius of those artists, their lyrics are full of angst which brings us back to classic British bands like The Clash and The Sex Pistols.

By far the most angst filled song is the lead single “Sex” which talks about teenage lust but paints us scenes: “My shirt looks so good, when it’s just hanging off your back.”

With a number one album on both the UK and Scottish charts and with the support of fellow British music stars like Ed Sheeran and Harry Styles, it is no wonder why their first headlining tour in the U.S. this October has sold out.  With a strong fan base in the UK, which only grew more after the band’s performance at this years iTunes Festival at The Roundhouse in London, it will be exciting to see how the band fare in the US.

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