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The 1975 – Give Yourself A Try

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  1. Melody Bot

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    On June 1st, 2018, The 1975 finally announced that the name of their new album would be A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships and released the brilliant single, “Give Yourself a Try.”

    The first and most recognizable part of the song is the looped Adam Hann guitar riff that sounds almost abrasive, however the lyrics and Matt Healy’s vocals quickly bring the listener in with his trademark croon. The drum beat from George Daniel is precise and consistent, with very little variation. This beat is likely intentionally simplistic to bring the attention back to the lyrical content and soaring choruses. The bass line from Ross MacDonald complements the drum beat, however it’s not in the forefront as much as it was on the band’s previous two full lengths. The guitar and vocals are clearly what propel this song.

    From a lyrical perspective, Healy’s self-reflection is easy to tune into from the beginning as he sings:

    You learn a couple things when you get to my age
    Like friends don’t lie and it all tastes the same in the dark
    When your vinyl and your coffee collection is a sign of the times
    You’re getting spiritually enlightened at 29

    I think this preview of the content on the incomplete upcoming album showcases some of the writing style to expect on the new LP when it arrives this Fall.

    The chorus of the track features various sung versions of the title, and features some of the best vocal work of Healy’s young career. The second verse is broken into two parts: more self-reflection in the first half and a personal story of Healy learning about a young girl who committed suicide:

    I found a grey hair in one of my zoots
    Like context in a modern debate I just took it out
    The only apparatus required for happiness is your pain and fucking going outside
    And getting STD’s at 27 really isn’t the vibe
    Jane took her own life at 16
    She was a kid who had the box tattooed on her arm
    And I was 25 and afraid to go outside
    A millennial that baby-boomers like

    In the final verse, Healy gets even more personal by opening up about his drug use and lifestyle. Additionally, he begins to think about what has led him to this point in his life/career and has a good sense of humor about his band’s success:

    And what would you say to your younger self?
    Growing a beard’s quite hard
    And whiskey never starts to taste nice
    And you’ll make a lot of money, and it’s funny
    ‘Cause you’ll move somewhere sunny and get addicted to drugs
    And spend obscene amounts on fucking seeds and beans online

    Overall, this track has made the already rabid 1975-fanbase get even more excited for what is to come from the October 2018 album (and many even wondering about the second album teased for 2019). “Give Yourself a Try” accomplishes the rare feat of pleasing a large group of fans with a song that is worthy of having on loop for hours on end. That is until the next track arrives for us to dissect.

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  2. maxracer


    goes hard
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  3. Still not a fan of this song...
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  4. rbf737


    I like it but I don't feel like most people would like it/don't think it makes for a good single so it's a bit curious to me. The production between the guitar tone and the drums make it feel like a demo or a Drive Like I Do track maybe. But yeah; I like it.
  5. macbethfan

    Trusted Supporter

    Not a fan of the music. Love the lyrics, but the music was a total miss for me.
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  6. Daniel182

    Let's hold our breath until we disappear

    This one has grown on me big time. I fully love it now.
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  7. disambigujason

    Trusted Supporter

    This is the second 1975 song I like and I like it a lot
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  8. atlastitsok


    Definitely a miss musically for me. The guitar was just a bad choice.
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  9. tyramail

    Trusted Supporter

    It has almost 7 million plays on Spotify already. So insane.
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  10. prattsy


    Just some constructive criticism, please don't think I'm being an ass - just some friendly tips for someone who used to (albeit briefly) do this full-time.

    Don't be afraid to go deeper, or have a firm position when writing a review. This reads to me as simply a summary of the song - 'the guitar/vocals are focus', here's the lyrics and how I interpret them. :-) Even if it's simply a personal connection and an anecdote - it still reads more interesting (see Craig Manning who does this quite well)

    Personally, I can't get my head around the few lines re: Jane. What's the point of that in the song? Two lines about a random girl who committed suicide and her tattoo, and then back to himself... Oh! Is that it? To show that at 25 he was self-absorbed? Someone just ended her own life, and he's a decade older and complaining how he's scared to go outside... People had problems bigger than him and he didn't care?
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  11. paythetab

    Chorus.FM Album Reviewer (Adam Grundy) Supporter

    Thanks for the feedback! I greatly appreciate all of our reader's thoughts on the reviews, and learning from someone who has done reviews before is always encouraged. I agree that I took a different approach on this single review than I would have for an album review. Thanks again for reading and for the advice.
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  12. heymattrick

    Sending my love

    I think they’re both examples of people NOT “giving themselves a try”.