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The 1975 – I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it

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    After teasing “June 1st” for months in early 2015, The 1975 began posting cryptic images with text such as, “Pay not attention babe — it’s all pretend. Part of an act!!” and “Be Young and Shut Up.” Following a very brief disappearance from social media – prompting break up rumors – the band promptly returned on the afternoon of June 1st with a new pink album cover and revamped aesthetic. Gone was the expected black-and-white personality we had all welcomed from The 1975, welcomed was a splash of color – pink. Pink photos emerged, a pink album cover that mimicked that of 2013’s self-titled album, and pink attire.

    All of this led up to the band’s highly anticipated sophomore album, I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it, and as the band continues to expand on genres and influences, the new aesthetic makes sense as the next chapter of The 1975. Similar to the debut, this masterpiece of an album contains 17 songs, laden with instrumental elements and melodies that span across genres – ranging from the expected R&B flare, gospel influences, horns, and of course, pop melodies that come straight out of the ‘80s.

    At a massive 17 songs, I like it when you sleep seems to pick up right where The 1975 left off, even starting with a familiar introductory song titled “The 1975.” From here though, the album expands in almost every way possible from the sound and artform that the debut and EPs so masterfully captured. The result is an album that feels like watching an epic film on screen – equipped with atmospheric instrumentals, groovy guitars, governing drums, and genre-hopping vocals. Still, despite veering across genres, the record does so in effortless fashion without missing a beat anywhere in between.

    The 1975 aren’t afraid to continue to expand their influences and musical arsenal, as evidenced by first single “Love Me” being an incredibly polarizing release (to say the least). The R&B-tinged “UGH!” follows with some of the album’s best songwriting, resembling the come down from a drug kick, both with vocal tempo variability and as every instrument bounces in and out throughout. The vocal and musical tempos display how unique the musicianship of the band is, as few bands are capable of composing a song in this manner and it working so well. Remaining in the same playing field, “She’s American” uses frontman Matty Healy and Adam Hann’s buoyant guitars and Ross MacDonald’s basslines to guide the song in a way that even outshines what made me fall in love with 2013’s “Girls” and “Settle Down.” The band’s ability to have instrumentation that gets stuck in your head just as much as the vocal hooks and choruses – the guitars dance in and out of Healy’s vocal performance – remains unmatched in most pop songs today.

    While of course The 1975 shines with crafting infectious pop songs, the ambient and atmospheric songs almost steal the show throughout the album. The spacey “A Change of Heart” references “The City” and “Robbers” in a captivatingly poignant way: “You used to have a face straight out of a magazine / Now you just look like anyone / I just had a change of heart I feel as though / I was deceived I never found love in the city / I just sat in self-pity and cried in the car / I just had a change of heart.” A signature George Daniel somber drum cadence contrasts with spacey electronics as Healy croons the line in such a serene manner that it immediately disarms you when conjuring the referenced songs.

    Out of previously unexplored territory, “If I Believe You” becomes a full-on gospel song, employing a choir and horns, while “Somebody Else” takes a twist after every turn, becoming the best song on the record as a result. The latter bleeds heartbreak throughout, starting immediately from the opening line: “So I heard you found somebody else / And at first I thought it was a lie / I took all my things that make sounds / The rest I can do without.” From here, the song spans to Healy delivering the chorus with a low vocal register that contrasts with the constant drumbeat as the song gains a spacey element. Even the call and return of “Get someone you love? / Get someone you need? / Fuck that / Get money / I can’t give you my soul” adds a layer, sounding entirely different than the rest of the song before returning back to the chorus. At six minutes, the song spans soundscapes and atmospheres – seamlessly. Then “Loving Someone” retains the aesthetic and emotional wavelength, adding R&B influenced drums with hip-hop inspired vocals and a taunting refrain of “Yeah you should be loving someone.”

    Whereas on The 1975 the instrumental interludes all stayed within the some sonic wheelhouse (all around one minute, all short and atmospheric), this time around the instrumental elements feel like self-standing entities themselves. The most noteworthy instance of this comes from the line-up of “Please Be Naked” into “Lostmyhead” into “The Ballad of Me and My Brain” followed with the emotional powerhouse of “Somebody Else” and “Loving Someone.” The serene piano of “Please Be Naked” softly sets up the ethereal build-up that is “Lostmyhead,” which comes across as an emotional movie score that should play alongside every beautiful film scene this year as the guitars swell and break. Then “The Ballad of Me and My Brain” acts as the other side of the coin, building up the grittiest vocal performance on the album in juxtaposition as Healy croons, “While I think I’ve gone mad / Isn’t that so sad.”

    The record ends on somber note with the touching “Nana” and stripped down “She Lays Down,” making I like it when you sleep really contain every genre you can think of into a cohesive unit – the pop meets R&B numbers (notably “UGH!”), the phenomenal instrumental pieces that blend into equally emotional performances (essentially “If I Believe You” through “I Like It When You Sleep”), and then the soft, acoustic ending with “She Lays Down.” At 17-tracks and an hour-long playtime, the album listening experience is similar to watching a movie trilogy – you really have to listen start-to-finish to gain the full experience. In my 2013 review, I described The 1975 as an album that breaks genre barriers and feels timeless. With I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it, the band has eclipsed the success of their debut record, creating the first masterpiece of the year and one that will remain one for years to come.

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  2. jorbjorb

    7 rings

    Really good album.
  3. folkerxt


    Haven't stopped listening to it.
  4. web250

    I'll change this eventually Prestigious

    My favorite of the year so far and a very well-written review.
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  5. paperlung

    there's no place like my room Supporter

    Listened to this album a few times, and just never could get into it. Really liked the instrumental tracks though, and Love Me.

    Edit: I appreciate the new review format, no scores = a good thing.
  6. Guys Named Todd

    Regular Prestigious

    I tried listening to this album a few times and couldn't get into it at all. I'm glad people are enjoying the hell out of it though, even it's not my thing.
  7. web250

    I'll change this eventually Prestigious

    It's a tough listen at first, especially given the uncommonly long instrumentals. But once I had a few listens under my belt, it really opened up. Their progression to the more varied sounds is perfect.
  8. Still my favorite album of the year so far.
  9. Guys Named Todd

    Regular Prestigious

    I honestly don't find "love me" and "ugh" enjoyable at all, but I see people saying this album is much better than its singles. I'll try it again when I've got the time to sit and absorb it all at once. Hopefully something will click this time.
  10. chcougar1


    I think I still like the debut full length better in terms of individual tracks. I also wasn't a fan of the way the album ended. The final three tracks just felt flat. With the revamped intro I thought the entire was going to be in your face mind tingling epic but it just didn't happen. Still a good album though. Nice review.
  11. Yes.
  12. Jason Detroit

    [Paranoia Intensifies]

    I wrote these guys off forever ago when I first heard "Chocolate," sounded to me like a way more poppy version of Bloc Party. Despite myself, I've actually really enjoyed this album so far. Wouldn't say it's my favorite of the year by any means but it definitely stands out as a unique contribution to the musical world.
  13. ramres

    Next Show: Matt & Kim -- 9/28

    For me, I honestly can't see anything topping this album this year. But, I'm still having trouble disiphering which of their two albums I like better. Self-titled has that unbelievable stretch from Heart Out to Girls and this one has one from The Ballad of Me and My Brain to the title song. ughhhhh
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  14. Ryan G

    Moderator Moderator

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  15. polyfilla

    who can never be sure

    Love the blurb about Somebody Else and the transition into Loving Someone. Can't WAIT to hear songs from this album live at Barclays next month - this album has moments where the sound is just so massive...perfect for an arena.
  16. GetUpAndrew

    Constant horror and bone-deep dissatisfaction.

    A serious contender for the AOTY award, I just can't stop listening to it.

    Hey @Ryan Gardner you should put in your (fantastic) review a paragraph about "The Sound".
  17. Ryan G

    Moderator Moderator

    Actually when I posted this to at first, my first comment on it was that I had so much to say about it that I didn't even get the chance to talk about "The Sound."

    Thanks for the kind words!
  18. ARo24


    I'm going to see them for the first time next month and I couldn't be more pumped. Honestly I don't think I would have ever gave them a chance if it wasn't for AP. Thank you guys for that.
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  19. brothemighty


    I said this on the other site (RIP I fucking guess) but I had no idea "The 1975" was about getting blown in a car at night until I heard the clearer lyrics in this album's version.

    Right now it's my AOTY. Only April though

    Really miss the replies feature in articles. It was a fun quick way to gauge the community's reaction to news just by looking at the number of comments.
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  22. Jason Tate Apr 10, 2016
    (Last edited: Apr 10, 2016)
    Ah, you can click the little quote bubble from the homepage to get to the discussion pages. Not sure if you saw that or not yet. Hope that helps!

    Thanks btw! :-)
  23. GrantCloud

    Prestigious Prestigious

    obviously the whole album is superb, but i always find myself listening to "somebody else" at least once a day.
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  24. robb


    Sleep still hasn't fully clicked with me. I like a lot about it, but I'm waiting for that moment when some of the more bombastic and indulgent moments register a bit more. It's just a question of whether I'm simply looking for the more concentrated syrup of pop perfection of self titled - and that's just what I'm looking for from the band, or whether the love for self titled is just delaying my full acceptance of Sleep.


    I actually searched for an appropriate thread, because I wanted to come in to mention Somebody Else. I know it's not even July, but if another song manages to beat out this track for song of the year for me, I'll be shocked.

    The whole song is a gem, but that chorus is just... it's practically weaponized pop. The 30th will be my 9th anniversary with my wife (I'm old), so I go into this track as a happily married man. And yet, this song is sometimes agonizing to listen to. I haven't been able to relate to the emotions in the song in a long time, and yet the song's brilliance manages to dig into my recesses to pull them out.
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