Album Review | The 1975 – ‘A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships’

The 1975 Return with their Third Album ‘A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships’

A mind that oozes with creativity is never a well-kept one. However, it often has the ability to create something extraordinary. Healy and friends do just that with their third installment.

It may seem like an outdated, overused and slightly hyperbole statement to say that The 1975 are unique. On the exterior, frontman Matty Healy’s outlandish and loud-mouthed demeanour are captivating all on their own. We have been bowled over by his brash opinions and intoxicated thoughts since 2012 when the band first emerged onto the scene.

However, as we delve into Healy’s complex interior further with their latest release, as we are displayed with both his grievances about the world and intense creativity. We begin to understand why the word unique isn’t enough.

A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships is nothing short of a modern-day masterpiece. Accompanied by synthesised aesthetics, that to the outsider may seem ironic to the album title. The mind of Healy unravels in a beautifully chaotic way.

The pinnacle of this chaos is illustrated in ‘Love It If We Made It’ as real life events and news stories are exclaimed with such captivating intensity. ‘TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME’, with its jungle undertones, is the standout single from the album, whilst ‘It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)’, with its indie pop, upbeat persona, tells subtly of Healy’s toxic relationship with heroin.

There are few songs out there that portray love like the love songs featured on this album. ‘The Man Who Married A Robot/Love Theme’ is provided by a Siri voice-over that tells a story of a man harrowingly devoted to the internet. A story that is all too true in modern day society. ‘Be My Mistake’, however, escapes the standard robotics and is simply Healy’s vocals over a guitar, telling of making a mistake in the name of love.

Inside Your Mind’ juxtaposes a dark obsession with cracking the head open of a loved one. With the idea of a passionate, endearing love, it creates something that is deeply haunting.

Over the years, many novels and TV shows have tried to tap into the mind of a troubled teen, or postmodernism, or even a society dominated by the internet. But, never has music been able to express these ideas as eloquently and to-the-bone as The 1975. Without any solid doubt, the album of the year.

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