The 1975

The 1975 - The 1975
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2013 Ratings: #668 / 980
User Score
Based on 363 ratings
2013 Ratings: #398
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September 3, 2013 / Release Date
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Dirty Hit / Polydor / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
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
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.
80
Clash
It’s a great pop record with plenty of depth (a rare thing) that will prove divisive.
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.
TreyLikesBands
67
Decent

Despite its catchiness and overall fun tone, The 1975 don’t define themselves as different in the alternative rock scene as much as they want to in the all-encompassing sound of this record. It’s all good and fun, but doesn’t show a strong facade into the group itself.

Color: Yellow
FAV TRACKS: Talk!, Heart Out, Girls, Sex, Settle Down, The City, Robbers
LEAST FAV: An Encounter, The 1975, M.O.N.E.Y., Chocolate
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
ElectricMess
67
The 1975 are slowly turning into a band that I like and I'm not happy about it

Chocolate still fucking sucks

Favorite Tracks: Robbers (!!!), Girls, The City, Settle Down

Least Favorite Track: Chocolate
NervousYoungMan
82
I spent the whole of 2014 being aesthetically sad because of this album.
HoodieBraden
75
The best thing about this album is it's undeniable catchiness. Despite that, The 1975 is no different than any other pop band from this decade. This album sounds uninspired and is way too lengthy for me to listen to in full just for fun. I can't handle Matt's overly erotic vocals for that long, it makes me uncomfortable after awhile. Some songs are very catchy though. I can hear some genuine passion behind some tracks, can't say that for all of them though.
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Added on: September 3, 2013