Album Reviews

The 1975 – S/T (REVIEW) 2013

When I first heard the new tracks from The 1975 I was hooked. Immediately I needed more. Like a cracked out junkie I couldn’t get enough. I was trying to score new tracks wherever I could. The back alley way, my local venues, or any Publicist that would talk to me. Their sound is infectious and like the black plague it is spreading like mad.

The self-titled debut album from the English rock band is one of the albums I’ve been anticipating all year long. Coming in as an underdog to the overhyped albums of 2013 like Daft Punk and NIN, this album lives up to the non-hype. From the beginning of the album to the end you’re taken on a musical journey that will dare you to keep from hitting the loop button.

I really love every track on this album. Each one more than the other. As I go through the songs it’s hard to pick just one stand out. The singles that they’ve released are a great representation of what the entire album is like. Lots of synth, rock, and great toe tapping beats make this album one of the best of 2013.

The thing I like most about this band is that they take an old sound and put a new twist on it. Having Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys) behind the Producer’s chair helps make this album bold and the sound is so dynamic. I love putting this album on and turning it up in the headphones so I can hear all the different nuances. The way Mike uses the space, or lack thereof is, amusingly deceptive and adds to the overall experience. I found myself listening to a song once then going back to pay attention to how the sound moves around. I would then listen to it a third time just because, well it’s really fucking good.

I know I’m gushing a bit over this album but I really can’t say enough about how much I’ve enjoyed this album. I am the kind of person that gets attached to a certain sound and when I’m over it I’ll move on to the next thing. The 1975 have made an album that has grabbed my attention and I’m sure will keep me interested for a while. Do yourself a favor, if you like bands like The Bravery, The Fratellis, or Keane then you’ll love this album.

Bottom line: Like a fat kid loves cake you’re gonna be eating this up with a shovel. The mix of rock and synth is a perfect balance without overpowering your head with mindless chatter and noise. Easily one of my top 5 albums of 2013.

Rating: 9.5/10

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