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The 1975

The 1975 - The 1975
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2013 Ratings: #763 / 1115
User Score
2013 Ratings: #401
Liked by 119 people
September 3, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Pop Rock, New Wave / Genre
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic
The 2013 self-titled debut album from the 1975 is a superb album that finds the Manchester outfit poised on the brink of stardom.
80
musicOMH
There is undeniable passion and love infused throughout these songs and, if they tick all the right boxes, they do it magnificently.
80
Clash
It’s a great pop record with plenty of depth (a rare thing) that will prove divisive.
80
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.
75
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.

75
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.
70
PopMatters

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.

70
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.
69
Paste

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.

60
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.
60
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.

59
Pitchfork

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.

40
DIY
However confusing the whole thing, to call 'The 1975' a strange beast would be to suggest it had a discernible personality. It doesn't.
40
Rolling Stone
The LP mostly forces unconvincing emo lyrics into a bloopy 1980s package.
ST4T1C
75

The 1975 by The 1975 gets a 75.

The bands s/t debut is def a good way to start off a career for sure, although there are def some spots that need some ironing out. Production wise, this is pretty alright, really nice new wavey synthpop bangers. Kinda has a bit of an M83 type of vibe to them at some points, if M83 was formed in ther 2010s and were Tumblr-core. Some of the best material this bands ever made is on here, like “Robbers” and that closer, which DAMN that shit was nice! ... read more

humm1ng_b1rd
40

O álbum auto-entitulado da banda britânica 'The 1975' aponta para uma direção e localidade qualitativa de um nível maior que a média geral de sua época, com suas ideias criativas e estética inspirada, porém (infelizmente) seus criadores ainda estavam muito distante de chegar até tal ponto de excelência musicalmente falando, o que acabou por gerar uma obra essencialmente despretensiosa e que falha pateticamente em ... read more

JohnnyB1965
85

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

usure
50

Listening to this, it's hardly surprising they would go on to make better music.

mikesalu2
80

Puedo afirmar que The 1975 es una de mis bandas favoritas del momento, y desde hace ya tiempo. Aún así, será mi primera vez que escuche todos los álbumes completos de la banda. "The 1975" es un muy buen inicio para la banda de comenzar. Desde aquí se escucha ese sonido peculiar que los acompaña y los vocales de Matty Healy son impresionantes hasta cierto grado. Las líricas están bien por una parte, pero lo que mas destaca ... read more

Host
80

The first album they made, and it’s pretty good.

I’m gonna be honest, I have a massive bias to the 1975. I’d praise them even if they made a boring ass 1 hour ambient album or something. But when I tell you that I can vividly feel how unpolished this record is, I mean it. They have a sound figured out, but it’s not familiar enough to them and you can tell. Sometimes they sound like robots, sometimes they sound like they know what they’re doing. Either way, I still ... read more

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Track List

1The 1975
1:19
69
2The City
3:26
79
3M.O.N.E.Y.
3:36
62
4Chocolate
3:47
82
5Sex
3:27
87
6Talk!
2:47
62
7An Encounter
1:14
63
8Heart Out
3:22
75
9Settle Down
3:59
76
10Robbers
4:14
86
11Girls
4:14
78
1212
1:19
61
13She Way Out
3:59
72
14Menswear
3:26
72
15Pressure
3:41
72
16Is There Somebody Who Can Watch You
2:54
67
Total Length: 50 minutes

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Added on: September 3, 2013