By Jaynene Moreno |Staff Writer|
The 1975 released their second LP “I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It” on Feb. 26.
Bold, audacious, and fearless are all words to describe what the band created with this masterpiece.
The band made a daring move with the lengthy title choice itself.
“Although I don’t like the title, I do think that it’s something unique to do. Albums are usually single worded, not a whole sentence long,” said student Manuel Macias.
The album includes 17 creative songs—each of them have their own unique twist, different from what is typically heard in today’s pop culture.
A mixture of genres are heard throughout the album. Some of those genres include ’80s, chillwave, pop, electropop and indie rock. Usually artists stick to one specific genre in their albums but these guys did it all.
According to the Guardian, lead singer Matthew Healy said that people listen to various genres, and so he felt it was important for his band to deliver just that.
“They made a great move in combining all those different genres, because someone is bound to like at least one of those songs, but I personally have enjoyed listening to the entire album as a whole,” said student Theresa Ramirez.
The song, “I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It” can be compared to songs by the indie rock band The Postal Service from in their 2003 album “Give Up.“
The 1975’s song is definitely electropop—a mixture of both electronic and pop music.
It gives off a sense of quietness, but the electronic beats will keep you awake.
It is as if you are falling asleep in a quiet house but can still hear small noises, such as birds chirping or cars passing.
“Nana” is their more heartfelt song about Healy’s passed grandmother and his belief that God does not exist.
Along with the piano/guitar ballad, he uses lyrics such as “I wish you’d walk in again/ Imagine if you just did/ I’d fill you in on the things you missed,” making sure that the listener knows that he strongly misses his “Nana.”
The tone of his voice is softly spoken, adding a state of seriousness to the album, because the pain he feels is truly evident, not only in his lyrics but in his voice.
He then continues with “And I know that God doesn’t exist/ And all of that palaver surrounding it/ But I like to think you hear me sometimes,” expressing his religious views on God.
By adding his atheist beliefs, Healy is giving his fans a more inside look into who he is personally.
Another song where he lets the listener into his personal life is “A Change Of Heart.”
He speaks of a fling where he thought he was in love but later finds himself to have a change of heart, leading to his decision to depart from the relationship.
Just the idea of having to break someone’s heart makes you feel sorry for the girl that he is breaking up with.
As you keep listening, you find that she was actually the one that deceived him; he’s leaving her because she’s not the sweet person he thought she was.
You then start to have your own change of heart and feel sorry for him.
The versatility of the album is not just seen in their genre choices but also in the mood of each of the songs.
Moving away from the seriousness and heartbreaking tones of “Nana” and “A Change Of Heart,” the songs “UGH!” and “The Sound” are both upbeat, feel good jams, something you can bop your head to while shopping at a store such as Forever 21.
Their danceable hit single “Love Me” is also included on the album.
It kicks off with a sound like that of Tiny Tim’s “Tiptoe Through The Tulips,” a song that was featured in the film “Insidious,” but definitely not as creepy.
It is really important to keep your mind open when listening to this song.
Someone who appreciates old pop songs will surely find this entire album to be a staple in their iPhone playlist, others will only find a couple of the songs to be of their liking.