The 1975 is at its best – on tour and with its new album, out October 14, 2022. Here’s Showbiz Cheat Sheet’s review at Being funny in a foreign language.
The 1975s black and white aesthetic is officially tinged with cobalt
They dominated 2013 with “Chocolate,” “Girls,” and “Robbers,” honing their sad boi, alternative image with a box logo and black-and-white aesthetic. The nostalgia attached to The 1975 is truly unmatched. Something about this group, led by Matty Healy, brings back memories of scrolling through Tumblr and writing Instagram captions //LIKETHIS//.
They were there when Donald Trump was elected President of the United States (and sang it on “Love It If We Made It”).
They were at the forefront of environmental activism, literally renaming old unsold merchandise with their new logo and featuring Greta Thunberg on Notes on a conditional form “The 1975.”
Then they disappeared. Healy deleted social media after sharing a controversial post related to George Floyd. George Daniel started dating Charli XCX. With their latest North American tour canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, some fans have wondered when, or if, the band will ever release another album.
That’s what makes this new era so exciting.
The singles released in 1975 “Part of the Band”, “Happiness”, “All I Need to Hear” and “I’m In Love With You”
In true 1975 fashion, the singles are a mix of unbelievable and just “huh?” As a standout release, “Happiness” crumpled up years of pretension and shamelessly threw it out the window. 1975 returned to its roots, lined with a “dance floor montage” and fun TikTok videos featuring the band members.
We’d be remiss to ignore producer Jack Antonoff’s influence on songs like “Part of the Band” – a 1975 track that sounds straight out of Bleachers Eliminate Saturday Night Sadness (said reverently, of course).
The step-by-step of “I’m In Love With You” is underlined by the heartfelt, frustrated, almost urgent feelings, articulated as only Healy’s lyrics can.
“Yeah, there’s something I wanted to say/tell you, baby,” the artist sings. “But I just can’t do it. What a call, move in / Feel like I can unclench my lips (Come on so hard) / I can sum you up / It’s simple, and it goes like this: I’m in love with you.
Do “Happiness” and “I’m In Love With You” sound alike? Sure. Do “My, My, My” and “I, I, I” rhyme? Type of.
And though “sincerity is scary,” “All I Need to Hear” established itself as one of the best love songs of 1975. (Unfortunately, nothing will top “Fallingforyou” or our personal favorite, “Don’t Worry “. A controversial choice, we know.)
The 1975 is “at its best” with “Being Funny in a Foreign Language”
While it was a unique and obviously impactful space in the 2018-2020 music scene, the experimental era of the 1975s wasn’t exactly casual listening. Being funny in a foreign language is undeniably more palatable to those who aren’t hardcore fans. For hardcore fans, however, this album is a warm hug and a wave of nostalgia.
Complete with funk, synths and their famous “we’re not a pop band” pop sound, “Oh Caroline” perfectly encompasses The 1975’s latest collection.
The band is prone to instrumental interludes (and even performed them live during the ILIWYSFYASBYSUOI round). But with only 11 tracks – as opposed to Notes on a conditional form 22 songs – this band spotlights only the finest tracks from The 1975. Their visceral, touchable lyrics. Their self-referential riffs and 80s influence.
The 1975 is again truly “at its best”. / / CHEERS / /
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