Fairly recently, I wrote a post about The 1975 and their impending second album, I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It, as well as a little history of my personal experiences with the band and their previous album. At the time, I had only heard three of the new songs, but since then the full album has been released, and I have had time to take in the other 14 tracks.
For the sake of time (and repeating myself), you can read my thoughts on Love Me, UGH!, and The Sound here, as I’ve already written about them, but I will speak on my thoughts on the rest of the album in this post.
After having ILIWYSFYASBYSUOI for two days, I have two major takeaways for people who haven’t listened to the album yet:
- This album is very different than the band’s previous album, so if that’s what you were hoping for, you may be disappointed.
- You should listen to this album from beginning to end without shuffling the songs (at least the first time you listen to it)
In regard to my first point, I love this album. But I also loved their previous album. However, I could tell from the songs that I had already heard that the band was taking their sound in a slightly different direction. Knowing this, I wasn’t really shocked to see that this album wasn’t “The 1975 2.0.” I definitely don’t think this album’s style is for everyone, but I would recommend just going into your first listen with an open mind. There are a few songs on the album that are mostly musical interludes/have very little lyrics (Please Be Naked, and Lost My Head are great examples of this), and the title track “I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it” has very little lyrical content, but is over 6 minutes long. It’s a very unconventional album.
All of this being said, it brings me to my second point. Obviously after listening to the album, you will decide your favorite songs and skip around to listen to them. But, at least the first time you listen to this album, try listening to it from beginning to end in the order intended by the band. Artists put a lot of thought into the order that their songs should appear on the album, and in the case of ILIWYSFYASBYSUOI, the order of the songs as presented on the track list flow together so well. The opening track “The 1975” is a great opener and makes you feel excited to listen to the rest of the album, while “Please Be Naked” transitions into “Lostmyhead” almost perfectly. I have already said to friends that I need to buy this album on vinyl because it’s one of those records that is just holistically good- from beginning to end it just flows from one song to the next.
Currently, my three favorite tracks off the album (not including Love Me, UGH!, or The Sound) are: If I Believe You, Lostmyhead, and The Ballad of Me and My Brain:
If I Believe You-This song is clearly about religion and religious doubts, which is ironically paired with Gospel influence as well as some R&B influence. Sonically, the song is cool and sexy. I was particularly fond of the line “I mean if it was you that made my body/You probably shouldn’t have made me atheist.” It’s just a big, almost anthemic-sounding song delivered in such an interesting, different way.
Lostmyhead– This song only has four lines of lyrics, yet it is still so heart-wrenchingly sad-sounding. It transitions from the sad, stripped-down (no pun intended) “Please Be Naked,” but the use of synth and electric guitar on this track makes it more intense. The vibe reminds me of M83’s “Wait,” which makes me think of The Fault In Our Stars, which only makes this song sadder. I wouldn’t be surprised if “Lostmyhead” showed up in a movie or an episode of Grey’s Anatomy sometime.
The Ballad of Me And My Brain– Even though this song is about the effect of fame, I
think the concept of feeling like you’ve lost your mind is something a lot people can relate to. And they relay that concept so well in this song. The lyrics are delivered in a way that sounds like Matty is almost screaming, which matches up with the anxiety that’s being sung about. I also really enjoyed the drums on this track.
After listening to the entire album, I totally understand why Love Me, UGH! and The Sound were chosen as singles. They’re much more radio friendly than a lot of the songs on the album, and I think that the band is more than ok with that. I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It, doesn’t exactly sound like an album that is aiming for #1 on the Billboard charts.
There’s really a lot of great content on this album, and I would encourage everyone to at least give it a shot (you can stream it in all the usual places). And it’s currently #1 on US iTunes, which has to mean something, right?
The band also released the music video for “The Sound” on the same day as the album, and I am completely obsessed with it- I think the concept is so smart and it’s their best video off the new album. So, I’m just going to leave it here…
Have you listened to the new 1975 album yet? Any favorite tracks? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to chat about it.