The 1975 overdoes it with I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it


Pictured above is lead singer, Matt Healy.

Julia Greenspan, Staff Writer

Just like the title of this second studio album, The 1975 feeds us a mouthful of musical excess. I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it serves up an array of inconsistent genres, sounds and styles and, quite frankly, it is overwhelming.

The British alt-rock group is notorious for breaking the mold. However, as opposed to their first album, The 1975, the new work shatters any and all music boundaries. I do appreciate the band’s individuality, but these acts of rebellion against conformity just get messy.

The group has a tendency to abruptly change tone and rhythm midway through songs, but this time they also decide to change up genres. In “If I Believe You” we are welcomed in by slow electronica and immediately thrown into a slow gospel ballad by the time the chorus comes around. Frontman Matt Healy even pleads “Jesus please show yourself” for effect. About a minute later the melancholic saxophone breaks out and Healy’s rocker voice battles against jazzy overtones.

Not all songs are genre packed. Some songs are just genre wack.

Tracks such as “Nana” or “She Lays Down” sound like their acoustic riffs and rhythms are stripped straight from Ed Sheeran’s beat up guitar. It’s almost ironic considering how anti-mainstream the band is. However, these tracks are two of the most promising because they offer the slightest bit of consistency throughout their 3 minute entirety.

The 17 track list is excessive in and of itself. On songs like “Lostmyhead” and “i like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it” I lost interest by the time the song was half-way through. The 1975 usually adds these six-minute long filler songs for interludes and the artful aspect, but the minimal lyrics and redundant beat make for an unnecessary addition. Feel free to press skip on these snoozers.

The album was also dripping in outdated 80s excess. Like with most things, moderation is key. This philosophy especially applies to the use of synthetic beat. Some of the most popular songs such as “The Sound” and “Somebody Else” sound like a skewed modern takes on Duran Duran chart-toppers. Except, long-haired popstar of the 80s wouldn’t be singing “I’m looking through you while you’re looking through your phone” or “You took a picture of your salad and put it on the internet.”

Fortunately, beneath the glitter and grime is the hidden vein of The 1975 where creative and unique energy flows. Their most popular single “Love Me” may seem like it’s 30 decades old, but it’s a brilliant production that proves a new version of The 1975 is here to be the face of today’s alternative music. Healy’s emotion is charged in every scream and exclamation of “Love me” and his passion is just as proven in his performance of the song.

The band also strikes gold with “Loving Someone,” a Flume-like electronic social commentary on millennials and how we never learn to truly love. Not only do the lyrics tell stories about the media “selling sex,” but the group revamps their previous style that was praised on past albums.

The 1975 puts out lyrical brilliance and interesting sounds, but in order for these aspects to show, the band has to remove the excess. I was hoping i like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it would be the album that shows the band’s true hues, but it is nothing but an array of uncoordinated colors.