MATT HEALY AND CO. REIN­VIG­O­RATE IN­DIE

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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.

OUT NOW / ED­WIN McFEE

The 1975 A Brief In­quiry Into On­line Re­la­tion­ships DIRTY HIT ‘Give Your­self A Try’

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