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The Dose: The 1975’s new album offers a fresh and ever-inviting sound

The Dose: The 1975’s new album offers a fresh and ever-inviting sound

The Dose: The 1975’s new  album offers a fresh and  ever-inviting sound
March 03
01:18 2016

Morgan Sullivan | Staff Writer

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Sophomore albums are tricky. Fans want new music, but they don’t want a big change in sound. After experiencing immense success from its self-titled album, fans and other musicians expected a lot from Manchester indie rock band The 1975.

What people didn’t expect was a completely different look and sound for its second album, “I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It,” which debuted Feb. 26.

Everything fans knew as essential components of the band was stripped away: its signature monochromatic look and its incredibly polished sound.

The 1975’s new sound is juxtaposed to its perfectly mixed and recorded self-titled album, moving toward a synth-pop driven album. In its creation, singer Matthew Healy brushed away the restrictions the indie genre, fans and other musicians placed upon him.

The 1975 vocalist Matty Healy performs at South Side Music Hall. Meagan Sullivan | Visuals Editor

The 1975 vocalist Matty Healy performs at South Side Music Hall. Meagan Sullivan | Visuals Editor

Instead of being narrowly focused on producing a flawless album, Healy embraced the perfection of imperfection. He said everything in music has already been done and all artists can do now is hope to create better music than before.

As an ode to the past, “ILIWYSFYASBYSUOI” begins with a rerecorded version of “The 1975,” the first song on the band’s first album. It serves as a bridge from old sound to new. Driven by a multitude of choral parts, this version creates a fuller, rounder sound than the original recording.

This is a consistent theme throughout the album. As all-encompassing as the band’s previous works were, much of the second album lacked the emotion and flavor evident in the first.

Many bands can do generic indie music fairly well, but it takes courage to put out an album that sounds like it could be the soundtrack to a current-day remake of “Pretty in Pink.”

With catchy, upbeat songs like “Love Me” and “The Sound,” “ILIWYSFYASBYSUOI” could be mistaken for a simple pop album with decent hooks. Looking farther into ballads like “Lostmyhead” and “If I Believe You” tells a different story. Healy continues to create intelligent lyrics to serve as a personal and social commentary on life itself.

“Love Me,” for instance, discusses the shallowness of the music industry and society as a whole.

“We’ve just come to represent the decline in the standards of what we accept,” Healy sings.

He questions his faith—or lack thereof—in “If I Believe You” and “Nana,” something many artists wouldn’t gamble with.

Healy clearly let loose when recording vocals, which is part of what shows maturity in the album. He previously tended to take himself too seriously, which created somewhat constrained vocals. Much more of this album is a yell-sing, something Healy would never have dared to explore previously.

The 1975 guitarist Adam Hann performs in Dallas during the band's second US headliner. Meagan Sullivan | Visuals Editor

The 1975 guitarist Adam Hann performs in Dallas during the band’s second US headliner. Meagan Sullivan | Visuals Editor

Although the album makes a switch to a much more electronic-pop sound, it maintains the same feeling as previous works. It effortlessly flows from a movie-like introduction through upbeat tunes and electronic ballads, ending on a softer note with a couple of acoustic songs.

There’s a little bit of something everyone can enjoy. “ILIWYSFYASBYSUOI” is one of the most carefully-crafted, well-flowing albums out today. It intertwines the best of ‘80s pop and today’s synth while still feeling like a hearty, meaningful album.

Featured Image: Courtesy | The 1975

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