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The 1975, an English pop rock band, have finally released their long-awaited fifth studio album, "Being Funny in a Foreign Language."
Matthew "Matty" Healy (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Adam Hann (lead guitar), Ross MacDonald (bass), and George Daniel (drums) make up the Manchester-based band.
The members of the band first started jamming together as adolescents at Wilmslow High School, where they all went. A municipal employee was instrumental in getting the band gigs, which ultimately led to a record deal with Dirty Hit and Polydor.
Before releasing their self-titled debut album (2013), which featured the hits "Sex," "Chocolate," and "Robbers," the band opened for various notable bands and released a series of extended plays (Facedown, Sex, Music for Cars, IV) during 2012.
The second studio album by The 1975, titled I Like It When You Sleep, because You Are So Beautiful and So Unaware of It (2016), debuted at No. 1 in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. After the album's promotional tour ended, the band announced their third studio album, tentatively titled Music for Cars, and went on sabbatical for the rest of 2017.
The band returned in 2018 to reveal that the album had expanded into a third campaign cycle that will also include their fourth studio album. The first, 2018's A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, was their third consecutive UK No. 1 album and was met with universal praise upon its release. Notes on a Conditional Form, their second album, was published in May of 2020 and quickly climbed to the top of the UK album charts.
The 1975's diverse musical influences and cutting-edge songwriting have earned them critical acclaim. The band's sound incorporates elements of rock (shoegaze, post-punk, and post-rock), electronic (UK garage, 2-step, and ambient), and pop (synth-pop, R&B, electropop), and even jazz, soul, and gospel.
Pop rock is what The 1975 are labeled as. The band combined "the dark and youthful themes of sex, love, and fear with ethereal alt-rock music," as noted by Scott Kerr of AllMusic. Healy specifically names the Talking Heads, My Bloody Valentine, Ride, and Michael Jackson as musical influences, and he claims that the work of filmmaker John Hughes is his greatest influence.
Healy has stated that Christina Aguilera, D'Angelo, Roberta Flack, Boards of Canada, and Sigur Rós all served as influences for their second album, I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful and So Unaware of It. Half the time I can't even tell you who's in my band.
The 1975's "melancholic" black and white visual aesthetic is in contrast to major keys and what the band calls "classic pop sensibilities," and Pitchfork has compared them favorably to the Big Pink for this very reason.
Paste described Sex EP as "equal parts ethereal and synth pop," praising the "haunting" and "smooth" vocals. Since there weren't any "attention-grabbing production theatrics" in their "mellow," stripped-down style, they were praised.
Electropop, funk rock, indie pop, indie rock, pop, pop rock, and rock are all labels that have been used to The 1975's music. Music critics have called I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It indie rock and pop.
In a number of interviews, Healy has discussed how heavily rooted in African-American music their sound is.
The audience has had a varied reception to the band's music, especially on social media sites like Twitter, which was called by Vice's Larry Fitzmaurice in 2016 "possibly the last public venue for unrestrained music critique in an increasingly anti-critical society."
He said that they have been "the Most Hated and Loved Band in the World" and "as underestimated and overhyped, but the needle has much more often swung towards the former way" in an article analyzing the critical reception.
According to veteran music critic Robert Christgau, "they suck," and he doesn't think they belong in the same genre as "rock bands" since they don't actually rock. According to Fitzmaurice, the band's first album was more of a basic rock album made "with a soft-focus and distinctively British sensibility," whereas I Like It When You Sleep was solely rock music in the fuzziest definition of the term. As a whole, he described their sound as "pop in the domain of Alternative," drawing parallels between them and INXS.
Track Listing for The 1975 Album "Being Funny in a Foreign Language"
- The 1975
- Looking For Somebody (To Love)
- Part of the Band
- Oh Caroline
- I’m In Love With You
- All I Need To Hear
- Human Too
- About You
- When We Are Together
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