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The 1975 'The 1975'

The 1975 would probably be more at home in the 1980s.

Rating: 6 / 10

Raf Diallo, 18 Sep 2013

How ironic that a band named The 1975 should be so thoroughly rooted in the ‘80s. Still, the formula seems indisputable on this highly anticipated debut: it’s an indie pop album, infusing strong electronic influences with dashes of ’80s R&B and funk. There is a slightly darker undercurrent at times and the LP is often quite ethereal. The striking vocals from Matthew Healy, which veer from hoarse cries to the occasional falsetto, are immediately impressive. Surprisingly, perhaps, the lyrics are not of the throw-away variety either. They draw you into the songs, painting evocative pictures with admirable dexterity. Sixteen tracks seems quite a lot and it has to be said that the early tunes lack variety. Ultimately, however – while they may make beter albums than this – The 1975 sound like a long-term proposition.

Key Track: 'Girls'

Rating: 6 / 10
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