A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
Matty Healy of The 1975 said earlier this year that there was no one else doing what they were doing. He’s right. The 1975 takes risks all the time and although some of them don’t work, most of them do. There’s not a band like The 1975 and I can safely say there’s never been an album like A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. It’s weird. It’s fun. It’s catchy. It’s sad. It’s hopeful. It’s a little bit of everything rolled into one. It’s like the musical version ofRobot & Frank that’s casually makes a statement relating to online culture with social networking. It’s a great album and a tremendous listen.
The 1975 is enduring as an act because of Healy’s honesty. His lyrics are incredibly odd, but they manage to be incredibly poignant at the same time. “Give Yourself a Try” is the perfect example. Although it sounds uplifting, what Healy says in every verse is incredibly depressing – and I mean that in the best way. “TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME” has a great melody, although it’s not as lyrically deep as “Give Yourself a Try”, “Love It IF We Made It” is a song that’s unlike anything that I’ve heard ever. It’s hard to tell if you like it or not the first couple of times you listen through it, but eventually you’ll become addicted to it. “The Man Who Married A Robot/Love Theme” is the weirdest thing I’ve heard in a while. It plays like a scene in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It’s a song that’s just piano and computer narration that lasts 3:33. 3:33!!!!!
This album is weird. But it’s lovably weird. It says something while being a pop record at the same time. There are a few solid songs but the album itself encapsulates the time we live in perfectly. This is the album that sums up 2018.