The 1975 (album)

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The 1975
A black-and-white photo showcasing a rectangular, glowing neon sign against a wall in the near-center saying "The 1975".
Studio album by The 1975
Released 2 September 2013 (2013-09-02)
Recorded Autumn 2012 — Spring 2013
Studio The Motor Museum (Liverpool)[1]
Genre
Length 50:41
Label
Producer
The 1975 chronology
IV (2013) The 1975 (2013) I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It (2016)
Singles from The 1975
  1. "Sex"
    Released: 23 August 2013
  2. "Girls"
    Released: 11 November 2013
  3. "Settle Down"
    Released: 24 February 2014
  4. "Robbers"
    Released: 26 May 2014
  5. "Heart Out"
    Released: 18 August 2014[6]

The 1975 is the self-titled debut album by English rock band The 1975. It was released on 2 September 2013 through Dirty Hit and Polydor.[7] It was recorded with Arctic Monkeys collaborator Mike Crossey.[8]

Before the release, the band released four EPs between Fall 2012 to Spring 2013, the span of which the album was recorded. They toured to support and build momentum, taking place in numerous gigs and special appearances with other artists.

The album has received positive reviews from critics, and topped the UK Albums Chart on 8 September.[9] As of March 2016, it has sold 410,981 copies in the UK,[10] and 390,000 copies in the US.[11]

Background[edit]

Between mid-2012 and early 2013, The 1975 released four extended plays: Facedown, Sex, Music for Cars and IV; some of the songs included there would make it onto the album.

The band excessively toured to support the album, raise awareness and build up momentum before dropping the full-length release. They toured London with Bastille and Muse in the second half of The 2nd Law World Tour at the Emirates Stadium on 26 May 2013,[12] the United States with The Neighbourhood on June,[13] and London again with The Rolling Stones at Hyde Park on 13 July.[14] They later played at the Festival Republic Stage at the 2013 Reading and Leeds Festival in August.

Musical style[edit]

The album is mostly labeled as rock because of the band, but the wide variety of genres in the album has led to it being described as electropop,[2][3] emo,[5] funk rock,[2] indie pop,[2] indie rock,[2] pop,[15][16][17][18] pop punk,[5] pop rock,[4][19] and rock.[2]

Healy described the style as "pretty experimental, and goes from glitchy R&B to big 80's powerpop to mid 90's soul, but it's done in our way obviously."[1]

Recording[edit]

In 2012, in an interview with Elliot Mitchell of When the Gramophone Rings, The 1975 frontman Matthew Healy said that the band had a different approach to recording the album than to the EPs: "I think the best albums are ones where every track could be a potential single. Both our EP's center around a lead track whilst showcasing a wider body of work, whereas we feel the album is lead track after lead track, with all the alternative moments captured in an accessible way." He also said that the album had been "five years in the making, formed through the many different incarnations of the band," and added that it is "drenched in our identity and it's everything that we are. It does span a lot of genres and depth, but it's still a coherent piece of work and everything that makes our band our band, personally I would say it's an ambitious debut record."[1]

On the content, Healy said:

"This recording process has been really fun, as we've had a lot of these songs for a while, and to record them in a completely different mindset with a completely different outlook has been really interesting. (...) There album isn't a haberdashery of past singles and old stuff, it has been focused down into a collective piece of work. There's tracks on there that people would have heard live, and older tracks that we've reworked. This album is a soundtrack to our formative years, so it would be dishonest to not put songs on there that we wrote when we were 21, as we want people to connect to it in the same way that we do."[1]

Promotion[edit]

Singles[edit]

The lead single from the album, a re-recorded version of the song "Sex", was scheduled to be released on 26 August 2013.[20] The song premiered on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show on 8 July 2013 as his 'Hottest Record in the World'.[21] A music video for the song was released onto YouTube on 26 July 2013.[22]

On 27 August 2013, the song "Settle Down" premiered on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show as part of his 'Album of the Week' segment, and on 29 August 2013 "Girls" became Lowe's 'Hottest Record'.[23]

Release[edit]

The 1975 was released on 2 September by Dirty Hit and Polydor.

Reception[edit]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album topped the UK Albums Chart on 8 September,[24] selling 31,538 copies in the first week. The album has sold 410,981 copies in the UK as of March 2016.[25]

In the United States, the album debuted at No. 28 on the Billboard 200,[26] with around 15,000 copies sold on its first week of release. It also debuted at No. 8 on Billboard's Rock Albums,[27] and 7 on Alternative Albums.[28] As of March 2016, the album has sold 349,000 copies in the US.[11]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 67/100[29]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[30]
Alternative Press 3.5/5 stars[31]
Clash 8/10[16]
Entertainment Weekly B[32]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[33]
The Independent 3/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media 5.9/10[4]
PopMatters 7/10[34]
Q 3/5 stars[35]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[36]

The 1975 received favourable reviews from contemporary music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 67, based on 17 reviews.[29]

Ashley Clements of Gigwise called the album "Quite possibly the best indie LP of the year."[37] Simon Butcher of Clash magazine rated the album 8/10 and wrote: "It's a great pop record with plenty of depth (a rare thing) that will prove divisive. Some will dismiss this band in one listen (or none) as the next Owl City, but with years of playing together already, plenty of fans, and lots of songs ready to go, The 1975 will be one overnight success that'll outlive the critics."[16]

Dave Reynolds of Bearded magazine noticed similarities between the band's and Michael Jackson's story, and wrote that the "unmistakable '80s aesthetic" reflects a homage to Thriller. "A debut album with 16 tracks should never be able to capture and hold a listeners attention, but The 1975 make a damn good stab at it, with a record littered with pop hooks and imagination. MJ would be proud," he concluded.[38]

Q defined The 1975 as "possibly the first band to take influence from The Thompson Twins, China Crisis and the long-lost Frazier Chorus." "That makes them sound gloriously out of kilter, but the truth is that their jittery genre-jumping is impossibly now," the magazine continued. "Best of all, for all their rarely lauded influence, this is a band who sound like nobody else right now. Hugely intriguing," concluded reviewer John Aizlewood, giving the album 3/5 stars rating.[35]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by George Daniel, Matthew Healy, Adam Hann and Ross MacDonald. 

No. Title Length
1. "The 1975"   1:19
2. "The City"   3:26
3. "M.O.N.E.Y."   3:36
4. "Chocolate"   3:47
5. "Sex"   3:27
6. "Talk!"   2:47
7. "An Encounter"   1:14
8. "Heart Out"   3:22
9. "Settle Down"   3:59
10. "Robbers"   4:14
11. "Girls"   4:14
12. "12"   1:19
13. "She Way Out"   3:59
14. "Menswear"   3:26
15. "Pressure"   3:41
16. "Is There Somebody Who Can Watch You"   2:54

Deluxe Version[edit]

In addition to the standard version of the album, a double CD deluxe version was also released, with the second disc containing the band's four EPs: Facedown, Sex, Music for Cars and IV. The iTunes deluxe version contains additional remixes, making a total of 39 tracks.[39]

Personnel[edit]

Performance[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United Kingdom[22] 2 September 2013
  • CD
  • DL
  • LP
United States[22] 3 September 2013 Vargant

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