MATT HEALY AND CO. REINVIGORATE INDIE
2018 gave us plenty of outrageous moments. Fleetwood Mac had yet another bust up, that poor deluded soul in Threatin tried to tour Europe fuelled by his own lies, and the globe’s collective IQ was lowered significantly by the menace known only as ‘Baby Shark’. However, those pale in comparison when it comes to the latest offering from The 1975. A record that fans and critics will be dissecting for years to come, much like modern life itself, their third album is an absolute hot mess. Restless, confused and contradictory (perhaps by design), these musical magpies have actually managed to pull off the unthinkable: making mainstream indie interesting again.
While not without its duds (specifically the mawkish ‘I Couldn’t Be More In Love’ and the overblown ‘Sincerity Is Scary’), this quasi concept album boasts a handful of huge moments. Chief among them are the Joy Division-like ‘Give Yourself A Try’; the UK garageindebted ‘How To Draw/Petrichor’; and Britpop-steeped ‘I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes)’ (which they really should have dubbed ‘The Disaster-plan’). Ambitious and absurd (we’re looking at you, Sirinarrated ‘The Man Who Married A Robot/Love Theme’), singer Matt Healy – who’s growing more Ric Flair-like by the day – asserts himself as indie-pop’s most magnetic frontman throughout.
There’s no doubt about it: The 1975 sound pretty damn good in 2018.
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