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"A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships" The 1975

by Marios Argitis - Staff Photographer
Wed, Dec 5th 2018 01:00 pm

The 1975 has always been known for its wide use of musical styles, while being ambitious and unique with its ideas. The band, based in Manchester, England, successfully and effectively tackle many angles of life in ways that are relatable and inspiring. In its third studio album, “A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships,” released Friday, Nov. 30, The 1975 brings issues of addiction, love and technology to the shining light. 

The first single of the record, “Give Yourself a Try” is a reflective piece, in which vocalist Matthew Healy looks back on his experiences going to rehab to tackle his drug addiction. The generous themes of hope and self acceptance make this track a great start to the album.

The simple, but appealing pop song, “TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME” is a track of instrumental harmony. The memorable lyrics and catchy rhythm brings the listener to never-ending fun. The fourth track, “How to Draw / Petrichor” is met with a beautiful and intriguing instrumental that seems relaxing and reflective at first. 

The track transitions into the fifth song, “Love it if We Made it,” which reflects on the United States Presidency, war, climate change, technology and the social issues that haunt our society. It is one of the band’s strongest and most effective pieces. The lyrics and urgent sound make this song an important one, one that does not beg for argument, but for reflection and acceptance of the issues facing our society. 

The sixth track of the album, “Be My Mistake,” is an acoustic track about guilt toward love and relationships while struggling to find emotional and mental stability. The soothing and relaxing instrumental brings the song together and fulfills its message and sincerity. Love is again visited in the track “Mine,” a jazzy song about being fearful of committing to a significant other. 

The track, “Inside Your Mind” addresses the urge of wanting to know what a love interest or partner is thinking, the retrospective song is supported by a piano melody in harmony with an uplifting guitar. The track, “Sincerity is Scary” addresses the façade one faces when tackling insecurities, anxiety and conflictions with human connections. 

The theme of technology is again faced in the song, “The Man Who Married A Robot / Love Theme,” in which a British Siri narrates a man’s relationship with his computer, addressing our dependency on technology. The album concludes with “I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes),” a warm, but intense song that summarizes life in 2018: a truly online age. The guitar met with an ascending instrumental presents a sense of isolation that makes the song the perfect ending to a memorable and incredible story. 

It can confidently be said that “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships” is an album that needs to be heard by the ears of the modern generation. As The 1975 tackles modernity, love, addiction, rehab and individual emotional struggles through the album, the band really succeeds at making their sound memorable and relatable. 

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