ILIWYSFYASBYSUOI: The 1975 Sophomore Album ReviewThursday, April 21, 2016
I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it.
I know this is gonna be a very biased review (well I cannot help it ♥（ﾉ´∀`）) Each song in this album is a precious piece of art.
Perhaps this is the longest album title that I will encounter in my life. It might sound ridiculous to most people, but to the fans of The 1975, it rightfully fits their image. They have proved themselves to be a band that crosses music genres, and there's no stopping them from creating and surpassing the norm even just for an album title.
The band's sophomore album has been highly anticipated by fans all over the world (here in the Philippines we had an album release fanmeet!). I know a lot of fans were a bit worried about this album because the standards are high now for the band - they would need to surpass their debut album which was just so good. Even Matty, the band's frontman, said something along those lines, seeing that their debut album contains the best tracks that they've created during their first 10 years as a band. For this album, they only had a year to prepare for it. But I must say this second album is worth the wait. I loved everything about it - from its new pink packaging (those lovely neon signs!) to the lyrics, the melody of each song, the story behind each song, even the dedication part of the album jacket (mind you, I don't usually read those). Truly, they've set a new record for this one.
Apparently, most fans are with me on that. The album made its debut on the #1 spot on the UK and US charts just days after its release.
The album actually covered all the kinds of music I listen to - from their usual alternative tracks, to the 80's music vibe (which I closely compare to the music style that Taylor Swift has for 1989), to the instrumental and the acoustic tracks.
It's not so obvious that I'm super obsessed with this album, right? Here's my take on each song in the album and I'm pouring out all of my thoughts here (yup this is gonna be one lengthy post).
I knew then that this is gonna be a sad song. I dreaded listening to it because I really really love Robbers. Having a song like this that sounded like a sad continuation of that love story is something that I just cannot absorb. (ノД`)・゜・。Falling out of love is just the saddest feeling of all.
I was listening to this song while looking over the mountains, the morning after we hiked Mt. Pulag (which I will write a post about soon). I could just empathize with Matty on this song. I wanted to heal. I was given the opportunity, but I did not grab it whole-heartedly. The last repeating lines of the song just breaks my heart. That's a question I have for myself too.
My thoughts always go crazy whenever I think about that event. I really don't know what I will do if that time comes. I think I will have a major breakdown. I cling to this song, keeping in mind that that event will always be a fact of life for everyone who has ever lived, and it will happen to anyone sooner or later, and that I should be ready when it happens. This is a wake up call to me, that I need to spend well all the remaining time that I have. I'm tearing up again with just writing all these stuff. :'(
And that's it! Their album all in all has 17 tracks (though there is a Target-exclusive version which includes 2 additional tracks). The 1975 has surpassed my expectations for this album. This is the reason I am so eager to see them in concert again this year, because I am now so attached to them and to the songs more than ever. I will not dare miss their M&G and album signing again in case there would be one (though I doubt they'll do it again here, they are too famous now for something like that huhuhu).
'I like it when you sleep...' is a masterpiece. The bar is set high again I guess. But hey this is The 1975, I'm sure they'll produce more great records in the future.
Great job guys! And hopefully I'll see you soon. xD
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