The 1975 - Notes on a Conditional Form
Notes on a Conditional Form
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Inglume
40
The 1975's eclectic, political "End of An Era" album: one tedious attempt at ambition and virtuosity after another. Matt Healy and company experiment with many identities, throwing ideas at the wall to see what fits. That's fine, but rarely does the content ever translate into anything but a musical hodgepodge.

Of course, do take all reviews/interpretations of 'Notes' with a grain of salt. The 1975 has always been a band that's divided fans and critics alike, and always will. The ... read more
PipePanic
66
Here come the Kid A comparrisons I guess.

What just happened?

No seriously, what just happened? Let's take you back BEFORE I listened to the album, where I felt terror. Pure unbridled terror.

I am, admittedly, a huge fan of The 1975. While Matt Healy can seem pretensious at times, I still love the bands blend of indie pop, indie rock, electronica, ambeint, jazz and all the other genres they try to tackle. They are, without a doubt, the band I WANT to be.

They are the band that just seem ... read more
Aoaystheory
100
Welp, here it is guys. The most predictable fucking thing you're gonna see all fucking day.

That's right! The dude who has sported Matty as my name and picture for like about a year now loves the new record...

Wow.

Truly surprising.

Bias out of the way, let me try and tell you why I'm right, as I clearly always, or usually, am.

Let's answer the age old question:

CAN SOMETHING BE A SLOPPY FUCKING MESS BUT STILL ALSO, SIMULTANEOUSLY, A MASTERPIECE?

Well, let's get into it. Yes, ... read more
Doublez
70
Unquestionably Notes On A Conditional Form is a daring album that shows a bit too much ambition in my opinion. It seems that it actually contains 2 intertwined albums that confront each other and try to speak louder than the other one, when they should rather complement each other . You have on one side some basic but catchy pop rock passages, then on the other side there's all the "avant-garde" part with experimentations mainly hidden in an electronic form.

Ironically I'm not ... read more
TreyLikesBands
72
The 1975 have always been a weird band in my catalog. The only record of their’s I continuously enjoy is 2018’s “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships.” It was very thematic, beautiful at times, and I could easily find myself listening to it in my free time. When I found out about this record, I was SO SO excited, like most people!

Just like most records from this group, “Notes on a Conditional Form” is a mixed bag. Many tracks on this record, including ... read more
N0stalgia
80
2020 MUST HEAR ALBUM #18

UNPOPULAR OPINION ALERT, PLEASE PROCEED WITH CAUTION.

It genuinely felt at times like this album would never come out with just how long the gap between its announcement and release was, as well as the multiple delays that plagued its release, but here we are, 'Notes On A Conditional Form' is actually out and really is quite a spectacle of an album, for better or for worse, and in my opinion, almost entirely for better.

Usually the overall aesthetic and rough ... read more
knewnie
NR
this is the 1976's kid a
matteo
80
This isn’t the best 1975 record, but it is the *most* 1975 record.

Haters will say it’s a self-indulgent mess and they will be right. Stans will say it’s another genre-busting masterpiece from the best pop rock band of this generation and they will also be right. If A Brief Inquiry was a Big Statement Record, Notes is a collage of Small and Medium ones, an approach that plays to a lot of the 1975’s strengths but also exposes many of their weaknesses. That said, I ... read more
morningsbell
NR
WHAT

IS THIS THEIR KID A
CLJesse
58
It was cute of me to think that they were improving and were gonna release a good album.
Supertartory
50
So we finally have our hands on the new 1975 album… and I have quite a bit to say about it. So buckle in because this may be a long one, I want to try to go in-depth, because there is a loot to digest here.

We all know and… love? The 1975, the band that said themselves that they were “inspired” by Radiohead on their previous album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, an album that I didn’t like that much at first but did grow to like a little more (I will ... read more
BradTasteMusic
NR
An hour and 20 minutes containing 20 minutes of material. Listen to a song and skim it, any song... and i promise that it will sound the exact same as whatever portion you were just on

It’s diverse in the same way that random is funny.

Speaking of random is funny, I might not be too familiar with 1975, but what the actual fuck are some of these lyrics. I’m actually in awe at how bad the lyrics of this whole album are.

Matt describes the album as quite literally being a ... read more
Jazpurz
40
It's hilarious to me that you guys thought this band was capable of dropping a decent project.

This is NOT "their Kid A". That comparison is such a stretch. Why can't people listen to mainstream experimental music without comparing it to Radiohead? Make another comparison for once dear god. I don't care if the band themselves cite Radiohead as an influence, because they have clearly learned nothing from them. Do you think comparing this to Kid A justifies it? Because it doesn't. If ... read more
MothaOfMotha12
25
EDIT: Just watched Matt's interview with Pitchfork, and him describing this album as "End of Era" and saying that it will be the last The 1975 album 'in ages' is even more disappointing. Why end an era with such a drab and bloated album like this one is such a questionable decision that I don't think I will get an answer to. If he did that with A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, I would be a little sad but happy that the last album in ages was a fucking amazing record. But for ... read more
Plats
62
After over a year of delays, the final installment of the "Music for Cars" era is finally here and... well... yeah. Why am I reacting like this? The singles lineup was nothing short of terrific, but "Notes on a Conditional Form" has raised some red flags that I should've been more cautious of from the start.

While the rollout for this album was pretty bad, don't get me wrong, the singles are easily the standouts of this entire project! The record kicks off with the amazing, ... read more
orangedroog65
94
Genre-hopping masterpiece or mess of an 80 minute album? You pick, but it’s definitely both, and that’s what makes it the most 1975 album yet. When it’s punk, when it’s country, or when it’s a near copy of a previous 1975 song, it’s absolutely brilliant and a perfect vibe. All the fault you find in this album, I find endearing. Complaints about sequencing? Well, how do you sequence this behemoth?!

Also, one thing I don’t get. Why is Having No Head one ... read more
BuffaloStaple
72
listening to this is a p good tOIM E !!
Doofly
50
Felt like I was listening to 1,975 songs on this 1975 album
Gyro64
NR
This is literally Kid A, it is identical to Radiohead's 2000 critical success "Kid A". Nothing has changed, it is the same album, same tracklist, same everything. One would call this plagiarism, but there's this lost beauty in stealing and taking something that isn't yours - especially in art. After countless delays this album was released basically a year after announcement, and it being just Kid A is fascinating. Kid A is a great album, one quite refreshing for it's time and Kid A ... read more
Doofy
3
They’ve done it again!

The ‘Greta approved’ intro track and the ‘Refused Party Program’ attempt that follows straight after show this band are working incredibly hard to find new ways to drive me up the wall.

The remainder is the usual industrial strength insipid pap.
se101
40
One word to describe Notes on a Conditional Form: Static

After one of THE worst album rollouts in recent history that was plagued with uncertainty, delays, and about five too many singles, The 1975 has finally dropped their fourth studio album Notes on a Conditional Form. I honestly had not listened to any of the singles until the day before the release, and the only two I really enjoyed were the two most recent ones. Needless to say, I was a little weary going into this album as I had already ... read more
ElectricMess
74
EDIT 7/27/20: yeeeeeaaaahhh i kinda like it

They really spent the past two years converting me into a casual fan just so they could disappoint me, huh?

Honestly, Notes On a Conditional Form is not a bad album. I’m sure people are bound to disagree on that point, but there’s a lot to love on this record. Unfortunately, it’s a deeply flawed album. The words that come to mind are wild, unfiltered, impressive, and overstimulating. I say it’s impressive because The 1975 ... read more
JoaoSantos
40
BEASTS!
BEAST WORMS!
ME & YOU TOGETHER SONG LOVE!! /
I HAVE IT
MASSOMORYBULLZOXS

THE 1975//: END THE SELF PITY, COAST GUARD
TREAT YOURSELF, KIND STRANGER
FUCK OFF, NA ZI
Dombot
47
You have no idea just how disappointed I am. Words cannot describe.

Actually, you know what? Words CAN describe. Buckle up, motherfuckers. This is gonna be a long one.

It's no secret that I am the opposite of a 1975 fan. Their last two albums I've absolutely despised, with their shitty pretentious lyrics and way too basic song structures. The fact that they get as much critical attention as they do makes me hate them more. However, when they released People back in August, I was shocked. Not ... read more
JustSomeGuy
50
Eh, I'm not surprised. I got exactly what I expected I would get: an extremely bloated mixed-bag which vaguely resembles something that could have been a really good 40 minute album.

I should probably get one thing out of the way first, and that's that I've never really cared for The 1975. I've never disliked them too much, but I've also never really liked their music either (ignore my outdated rating for A Brief Inquiry). They've always been a band who, I've felt, made a few good songs, a few ... read more
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