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Updated: Jan 13
The 1975 haven’t ever made a bad album in my opinion. ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’ sailed pretty close to the wind but I still really enjoyed it in spite of itself (it is too long and too self indulgent for me). I get that Matty Healy is very marmite, but as a band they are right up my straza.
Last week saw the release of their 5th album, and it is a return to their punchy, pop roots. It is an album of love songs according to Healy (probably except for ‘Looking For Somebody (To Love)’ which is about school shootings as far as I can tell), it is also an album of cracking singles.
‘Happiness’ has already been released, any of the others listed below can, and possibly will, be available on virtual 7” (not sure if they can get into a pressing plant to knock out a physical single these days). ‘Part Of The Band’, ‘I’m In Love With You’ and ‘All I Need To Hear’ have already been released before the LP came out.
The album wears its influences proudly, there are hints of everyone from Springsteen to Swift on this record. It also benefits from being their shortest record to date and feels more focused, there is less of Healy’s usual nonsense included…less but none.
Tracks To Try: ‘Happiness’, ‘Looking For Somebody (To Love)’, ‘Oh Caroline’, ‘I’m In Love With You’.