The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It

I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It
The 1975 | 2016
Polydor Records

If you thought you were taken back by the wild title of The 1975‘s sophomore album I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It you aren’t going to know what hit you when you have your first listen. Dubbed a challenge by frontman Matty Healy, this album sets it’s listeners off on exactly that on an album “the world needs” according to Healy.

“I’m challenging people to sit through an hour and 15 minutes and 17 songs that all sound completely different from each other,” Healy told NME in January.

If you’re looking for that hour and 15 minutes or those 17 songs to follow one common trend you are in the wrong place as this album lives up to it’s expectations of heading in a number of different directions. Be it the fan favourite of brutally honest lyrics delving into personal issues which are deeply evident on tracks ‘UGH!’ which features insight into Healy’s struggles with cocaine which he has openly spoken about in the past and ‘The Ballad Of Me And My Brain’ as Matty brings his mental health into question in a song that will take a couple of listens to gain your full respect.

If that isn’t your cup of tea, the slightly more upbeat tracks of ‘Somebody Else’ along with ‘The Sound’ and early single ‘Love Me’ whilst still featuring the deeper variation of lyrics we know and love may be the sort of music you are looking for from The 1975. A real highlight on the album for long time fans is ‘A Change Of Heart’ which is a blast into the past which references ‘Robbers’ and ‘Settle Down’ from the bands self-titled debut album.

One of the greatest strengths of The 1975 is the wide range of lyrics they manage to convey and this is heavily highlighted by a group of standout songs on ‘I Like It When You Sleep..’ as they venture into new areas musically to match these lyrics. Gospel track ‘If I Believe You’ talks about Healy’s thoughts about how he will turn to religion it if is a means for the end of his pain. The album closes with what may be two of the most heartfelt songs The 1975 have ever released. In ‘Nana’ we hear about the loss of Matty’s grandmother as he remembers times spent with her, hoping that he can be half the person that she was. Following and finishing the album is ‘She Lays Down’ – an acoustic masterpiece about the struggles of Matty’s mother, showing a whole new angle that the band has not approached like this before.

I Like It When You Sleep.. is an absolutely bizarre album that definitely isn’t going to appeal to everyone. It may not appeal to old listeners, it may appeal to new listeners. Is it an album that “the world needs” as Matty Healy explained it to be? Only time will tell with that – what is for sure is that this album will change the way a lot of bands approach their music. If this album is anything, it is an album that will make other artists realise that is is time that they make the music they want to make and do it exactly how they want it to be made.

I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It is released January 26th and if you have an open mind musically the first bit of advice I’ll give you is to purchase this album and you will not be let down.

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