THE 1975 have dropped second album I LIKE IT WHEN YOU SLEEP, FOR YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL YET SO UNAWARE OF IT.
Opening with the atmospheric The 1975, there is a gospel choir-y sound. Almost like a second coming. This album is a rebirth. No longer a monochrome band. The 1975 are full of colour and full of life.
Love Me clearly portrays this. Criticised (by me amongst others) heavily when released for being so different, it is a grower that is excellent live. Full of sass and feel good Healy vocals, having Love Me so close to the start of the album is just the beginning of a pop bulging album.
UGH! follows Love Me. When Love Me had grown on me I was familiar with the unpredictability of The 1975’s second album. Quick witted vocals and sharp, disco keys throughout – there is definitely a recurring theme of upbeat throughout ILIWYSFYASBYSUOI.
The mood becomes more emotionally driven in A Change Of Heart. Healy’s drained, pining vocals on top of a mellow, slow, electronic backbeat. Frequently piercing the atmospheric vibe with an 80’s key, ILIWYSFYASBYSUOI sounds like it has sampled a Nokia ringtone and worked them together to create a pop record. Not in a bad way.
ILIWYSFYASBYSUOI definitely belongs in the 1980’s. American Girl will have you disco dancing in neon garments. Like Love Me, it is bursting with sass, style and swagger. I can only imagine how brilliant Matty Healy is going to look strutting his stuff on stage performing this.
If I Believe You goes back starts with a progressing organ and the sound of children laughter before breaking into high pitched vocals and mesmerising drum beats. The gospel vibe is back. “I’m asking you, Jesus” echoes around the headphones, along with sharp vocals.
When I saw a track titled Please Be Naked, I expected it to be a follow up to Sex. Instead, it is a ghostly intro with a beautiful piano piercing the chilled atmosphere. Nowhere near the otherwise upbeat rest of ILIWYSFYASBYSUOI. It builds towards a glisten overlaying a bass drum. This could soundtrack emotional scenes on television, just like Medicine.
Lostmyhead continues the Please Be Naked approach. Gentle vocals glide over a blissful, whirling ambience. Then, suddenly. Lostmyhead bursts into an anthem that is sure to set off a few tears on their upcoming tour.
Deep drums and roaring vocals lead The Ballad of Me and My Brain. It is a track that shows the passion and energy that The 1975 can bring to the table/stage. A lyric that stuck out was: “Would you sign an autograph for my daughter?” Will The 1975 still be signing autographs this tour? Who knows. Hopefully.
When Somebody Else was released last week, Twitter went into a mini meltdown. There was a lot of hype for the studio version of Somebody Else. Surprise, surprise. The 1975 delivered elegantly. Another soft number that bursts into a toe-tapping beat and pining vocal.
Matty Healy goes between rapping and spitting quick wordy lyrics in Loving Someone. This then dives into a high pitched chorus, drowning you in ambience and ghostly, distant vocals. Just as you think that the band are moving away from their ‘roots,’ you hear Healy say “Whatever” in his familiar voice.
Title track comes in at track number 12. Lasting six-and-a-half-minutes, ILIWYSFYASBYSUOI starts with shooting keys and samples all over the beat. A drippy, jungle rhythm surrounds effect vocals before it turns into a club style piece.
The Sound is possibly the biggest overall showcase of the album. Full of swagger and upbeat, feel-good pop it is very catchy. It is hard to believe that ILIWYSFYASBYSUOI is by the same band that brought out the downbeat The 1975 just one record before this.
The Must Be My Dream does what it says on the tin. It is dreamy. It is something you can only imagine being a song by The 1975. You just know that Matty Healy is going to be swiftly moving around the stage, sipping wine and throwing his hair around while directly looking at the members of the front row. There is a massive sax solo towards the end that sums up the giddiness of the whole album.
Paris has a spirally, overlaying keys part as an opener. Laced with wavy sythns, Paris holds echoey vocals and swaying instrumentation. Although the track is placed towards the back of ILIWYSFYASBYSUOI, it should certainly be one of the first you listen to!
Penultimate track Nana is a shock. A simple guitar followed by: “I wish you’d walk in again” opens the lyrics. Nana belongs on a record by itself. A stand out track, maybe because of the different style, maybe because of how delicately produced it is. Emotions pour out of Healy, and it is good to hear his vocals not being washed out.
Closing ILIWYSFYASBYSUOI is the four-minute-long She Lays Down. Again, using a guitar rather than the synths we have become overly-familiar with, it is another beautiful piece that could have easily been released separately. Miles away from 17 tracks ago. She Lays Down is not a Love Me-esque ballad. Nor is it a Settle Down anthem. It is an insight to Healy’s actual emotions.
The albums closes with Matty Healy simply saying: “That was it.”
Although it is only February, it will take something special to take album of the year away from: I LIKE IT WHEN YOU SLEEP, FOR YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL YET SO UNAWARE OF IT
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