by Cole Winkler
Release Date: February 26, 2016
Overall, “I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It” is a good album, but not one to listen to straight through. Listening straight through is a trying affair as several songs are purely instrumental. However, take the songs separately and they are brilliant. Four or five songs will smash the charts with fast beats and wonderful lyrics. A majority of the album is spent on songs with sparse introspective lyrics and instrumentals that would go best with an artsy video of a mental breakdown. The 1975’s new album comes across as a desperate plea to an apathetic world. An attempt to peel away the calluses of the world and the 1975 executes it masterfully.
“I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It” excels in unhinging apathy from the soul. The lead singer Matty Healy exposes himself in an attempt to elicit empathy from his listeners. In “The Ballad of Me and My Brain”, Healy explores the feeling of having lost yourself. Healy runs around asking people if they have seen his brain. Exemplifying how Healy feels lost in himself. In “She’s American”, Healy tells of a mental breakdown he experienced while playing a show in Boston. While preparing to sing, “Is There Somebody Who Can Watch You”, from their self-titled album, Matty was simply overcome with emotion and collapsed onto the floor. The conclusion to the album exemplifies the genuine emotion Matty Healy has put into the album. “She Lays Down” is entirely acoustic and deals with the postnatal depression his mother had after giving birth to Healy. In the final seconds, Matty says, “that was it” a fitting conclusion to such an emotional album. The presentation of such intense emotion in such a raw fashion creates an emotion experience with the albums listeners. The depth and thought put behind each note and verse is simply astounding. When taken individually several songs have wonderful beats and the ability to captivate an audience. “Love me”, “UGH!” and “The Sound” have all ready toped charts. Personally, I believe the song loving someone is going to be a smash hit soon. Loving someone has the vibe of a neighborhood song and wonderfully introspective lyrics.
Despite all the praise, the album struggles in some aspects. Mainly length, at seventeen songs and a run time of an hour and fourteen minutes this album is a behemoth. Even the name is long, “I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it” delivers a meaning but man is it a mouthful. Four songs exceed the five-minute mark and several more come dangerously close. Length may not bother some but personally, it feels like the 1975 needs to trim the fat. Many of these longer songs are pure instrumentals. While this does create the emotional experience mentioned earlier, it often feels over done. Long instrumentals are defined the 1975s previous self titled album as well, so this is not necessarily surprising. Unfortunately, I feel these long-winded instrumentals will alienate all but the most devoted fans.
“I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It” by the 1975 is a love affair with 80s pop and a ballad of emotion. Featuring, fantastic beats, wonderful lyrics and a raw presentation of emotion “I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware” is a good album. The 1975 has released another fantastic album, while it may struggle in length, and it will propel the British band to even greater heights.