The 1975

The 1975 - The 1975
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2013 Ratings: #744 / 1080
User Score
Based on 601 ratings
2013 Ratings: #289
Liked by 28 people
September 3, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Dirty Hit / Polydor / Label
Mike Crossey / Producer / Website
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The 2013 self-titled debut album from the 1975 is a superb album that finds the Manchester outfit poised on the brink of stardom.
There is undeniable passion and love infused throughout these songs and, if they tick all the right boxes, they do it magnificently.
The Guardian
If that suggests there's still some musical character to be formed, it also means there's space to form it: they haven't got the curse of the sui generis band, condemned always to churn out decreasingly exciting simulacrums of their original statement.
It’s a great pop record with plenty of depth (a rare thing) that will prove divisive.
The Line of Best Fit

This is pop, pure and simple, and taken as such, is a rollicking pleasure. The 1975 is rammed with hits from start to finish, and the cornucopia of singalong phrases, gorgeous melodies and grin-worthy guitars will keep you either A: enthralled, B: boogie-ing, or C: both.

Entertainment Weekly
It’s all promising, even if their debut leans harder on style than substance. Still, with hooks (and looks) this sleek, they just might outlast the hype.

The 1975 is far from a perfect album. But in many ways, its flaws are part of its charm. The musical shortcomings and stylistic incongruity actually strengthen the character and theme of the album.

Alternative Press
Their major-key melodies and ’80s guitar sounds avoid the moody post-punk dress-up games played by too many current bands, recalling instead new wave-era outfits like General Public, Fun Boy Three and Wang Chung.

If lyrics like, “If you wanna find love / then you know where the city is,” still satisfy some unrequited teenage dreams, then The 1975 should fulfill that naïveté.

Consequence of Sound
The 1975 is doing for pop music in the UK what the US so desperately needs, a refreshing look at how to make earworm songs that rely more on the musicality of the artist than the image and marketability.
The Independent

The infectious pop thrill that attends the singles “The City”, “Sex” and “Chocolate” soon tarnishes through the sort of repetition that suggests their eclecticism isn't quite as broad as they imagine.


For such a pop-oriented band, The 1975's songwriting has turned out remarkably stiff, cloistered, and unimaginative. The production, which is glistening and brilliant, usually points to what the band might have accomplished with more sophisticated chops.

However confusing the whole thing, to call 'The 1975' a strange beast would be to suggest it had a discernible personality. It doesn't.
Rolling Stone
The LP mostly forces unconvincing emo lyrics into a bloopy 1980s package.
I've spent pretty much all morning fidgeting around, feeling like I can barely breathe, and longing for the nostalgic times when there wasn't a whole lot to worry about. This album represents those distant times for me. It's been 6 long years since this album came out and it's been 6 long years of trying to figure out who I am.

This album evokes in me a feeling of nostalgia and sunny days. I can recognize that it's largely a personal experience. The synthy, 80's esque sound strikes a real ... read more
I spent the whole of 2014 being aesthetically sad because of this album.
Punchy, melancholic, catchy as hell, moody, atmospheric, experimental and extremely interesting. Welcome to The 1975, one of the more unique and genre bending acts out of the UK in a while.

Favorite Jams: Sex, Robbers, The City

Lest Favorite: An Encounter
Matt Healy’s band try finding their sound in the most boring way on an otherwise decent project.
this is so average why do people love it so much help
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Added on: September 3, 2013