Last week Senior Staff Writer Jordan Narloch sent the below email to the GMN staff after a conversation at our previous meeting.
Here they are our song by song reviews of The 1975’s latest, I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It.
“Change of Heart”
If I were to choose one word to encapsulate the album it would be “self-aware.” This time around Matty Healy and the boys deal with the repercussions of their successful debut three years ago. They struggle with fame, loss, materialism, relationships, and drug abuse. Sounds pretty typical for one of the biggest rock/pop bands out there, right? The 1975 take the topics to new dimensions, however, as they address the critics and get introspective on songs like, “A Change of Heart.” The self-referential lines are enough to make fans obsess, but what’s more is that it makes you think. While being cryptic, the song makes you wonder if they were disappointed in the romanticized rock star life, or if the so-called “superficiality” they are often criticized for is more real and tangible than in a typical one. “You said I’m full of diseases. Your eyes were full of regret and then you took a picture of your salad and put it on the Internet,” Healy sings. It’s hard to know for sure where their thoughts lie but that’s the beauty of it. The album is riddled with enough lines of the sort to make you ponder their intentions and even life’s questions, drawing you in whether you like it or not. Pair this with a somber synth-driven sound that once again alters your perception of the lyrics and you get a song that is The 1975 at their finest. -Jordan
“This Must Be My Dream”
“This Must Be My Dream” is the poppiest song on the album, and has been widely considered a favorite by fans so far. The song has every element a good indie-pop song should have: a catchy, repetitive chorus, dreamy imagery, lots of quotable lyrics, and hints at both the ups and downs of any relationship. “This Must Be My Dream” asks the question that reflects the mindset of the whole album: “What does all our love amount to?” The 1975 have shown they have evolved and become wiser through the recklessly naive experiences and relationships they alluded to in their first album. Plus, it’s just a fun song. It’s the kind you can listen to it anywhere: in the car, dancing shamelessly with your friends, dancing all alone in your room. If there’s only one song you listen to off The 1975’s new album, it should be this one. -Lizzie
“Somebody Else” and “The Sound”
It’s hard to choose a favorite song out of the 17 tracks from British indie-rock band The 1975’s I Like it When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It. The electropop, 80s dance party that is the group’s second, and latest, release is purposely flashy and in-your-face. The songs all seem to run together, but in a way that would keep you dancing at a rave somewhere, not bored and turning it down.
“Somebody Else” is heartbreakingly honest and illustrates an unembellished message of not wanting someone, yet not wanting them to move on. “I don’t want your body, but I hate to think about you with somebody else.” It’s melodically fluid and while the subject matter may be something that slows you down enough for someone to come to mind, it doesn’t stray too far away from the neon lights and flash mob mentality that come from the rest of the record.
“The Sound” was another standout to me. Released recently as a single, the song’s catchy introduction builds with distorted choral pitches singing the hookline, “Well I know when you’re around ‘cause I know the sound, I know the sound of your heart,” before it pushes out into a more expansive reality (whatever “reality” is on this record) and full on dance mode for the next 4 minutes and 9 seconds. -Maddy
“Lostmyhead” and “The Ballad of Me and My Brain”
One of the best things about The 1975 is that at times it’s hard to tell when one song has ended and the next has begun. There’s a special sort of flow when it comes to The 1975, a kind of uninterrupted feeling making it easy to accidentally listen to the entire album without noticing. That soaring ambient sound (thanks to drummer/producer extraordinaire George Daniel) is stronger than ever in “Lostmyhead.” On second thought it might seem a little out of place amidst the overall 80s pop sound of the album, but when you learn it’s actually the very first 1975 song, it’s no surprise that you didn’t question it the first time around. The demo of this song, written in 2011, was later incorporated into “Facedown“, and from there “Lostmyhead” picks up. Even though the melody itself is five years old, the lyrics still ring true, especially taking into context the band’s past two years. Recently, singer Matty Healy has come out about the struggles of constant touring and how he felt like he’d become an idea more than a person–an unequivocal reason behind their fresh start. “The Ballad of Me and My Brain” pulls that thread of Healy’s and the band’s state of mind, a prevalent theme throughout the album. Although this song goes into more detail with the actual circumstances of his struggles, it’s still a deeper look into what has happened in the time since their first album. Healy is still searching for his lost mind, and he might be searching for another five years, but we can only hope this clean slate helps and shows that no matter what, they’re still The 1975. -EJ