The 1975

The 1975

by The 1975 The 1975

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Overview

The 2013 self-titled debut album from the 1975 is a superb album that finds the Manchester outfit poised on the brink of stardom. When rock guitars meet dancefloor synths, '80s influences become hard to deny, but while the 1975 definitely have a retro vibe (hence the name), the alchemy of how they bring those influences to bear is totally contemporary. While many of the tracks here bring to mind such icons as Peter Gabriel, INXS, and U2, they also fit nicely next to artists of the same moment, like Passion Pit, Temper Trap, and M83. It helps that lead singer/songwriter Matthew Healy has a compelling tenor croon that can soar like Bono one minute and coo like Lionel Richie the next. There is also a sophistication to the band's songs, and an instinct to blur genre lines that makes it hard to box them into one, easy to define sound. In that sense, the band also recalls the way Fall Out Boy combined the rhythmic phrasing and melodies of contemporary R&B with their own brand of driving, guitar-based emo-rock. Much has been made of the 1975's avowed love of '80s John Hughes movies, and many of the cuts here, like the thrilling, lovesick "Settle Down" and the sparkling "Girls," play with such great narrative momentum that they sound like songs culled from a Hughes soundtrack. Meanwhile, cuts like "The City," "Chocolate," and "Sex" drive and climb like the best anthemic '80s stadium rock, roiling a host of influences into a single distinct sound that, the moment it hits your ears, becomes timeless.


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Product Details

Release Date: 09/03/2013
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602537529995
catalogNumber: 001902602
Rank: 6606

Tracks

  1. The 1975
  2. The City
  3. M.O.N.E.Y.
  4. Chocolate
  5. Sex
  6. Talk!
  7. An Encounter
  8. Heart Out
  9. Settle Down
  10. Robbers
  11. Girls
  12. 12
  13. She Way Out
  14. Menswear
  15. Pressure
  16. Is There Somebody Who Can Watch You

Album Credits

Performance Credits

1975   Primary Artist
George Daniel   Synthesizer,Drums,Vocals
Matthew Healy   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Adam Hann   Guitar
Ross MacDonald   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

George Daniel   Composer,Programming,Producer
Mike Crossey   Programming,Producer
David Ma   Band Photo
David Drake   Cover Photo,Back Cover Photo
Jonathan Gilmore   Programming,Pro-Tools
1975   Producer
Mike Spink   Engineer
Matthew Healy   Composer,Producer
Adam Hann   Composer
Ross MacDonald   Composer

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