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The 1975 | A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships | Album Review

Polydor Records
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

The third studio album from The 1975, A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, is standing to be one of the best albums released in 2018. With the group’s classically eccentric sound, the group analyzes human relationships with melancholy lyrics sprinkled throughout the whole album.

A Brief Inquiry certainly emulates the group’s laid-back tone that the band is most well-known for from their previously released debut and sophomore albums. However, A Brief Inquiry provides listeners with other sounds that are unconventional to the group’s normal sound. Songs like “Sincerity is Scary” and “I Couldn’t Be More in Love” introduce listeners to a sound peculiar to the group, exploring soul, jazz, and 80’s power ballads.

A Brief Inquiry is a pleasant cacophony of all the sounds that make The 1975 who they are. The lead single, “Give Yourself a Try,” perfectly combines danceable instrumentals with deeply pensive lyrics about the more arduous facts of life. Matty Healy, lead vocalist, coos, “I found a grey hair in one of my suits / Like context in a modern debate I just took it out / The only apparatus required for happiness / Is your pain and fucking going outside.”

Other tracks like “Love It If We Made It” and “The Man Who Married a Robot / Love Theme” provide ethereal commentary on modern society and the societal enslavement to pop culture and the internet. “My favorite records are about life,” said Healy, “it may be a bit of a big thing to say, but I like the all-encompassing aspect of life: you can have these bits, the sad bits, but you don’t leave the dancing out, you know what I mean?”

A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships is exactly that: a perfect intertwinement of all that is both euphoric and grim in everyday life with a partnership between danceable instrumentals and pessimistic lyrics.

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