The 1975

The 1975 - The 1975
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2013 Ratings: #656 / 958
User Score
Based on 283 ratings
2013 Ratings: #368
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.
NervousYoungMan
82
I spent the whole of 2014 being aesthetically sad because of this album.
ActuallyIan
60
The 1975 are completely competent, but their influences are worn on their sleeve so much this might as well be an indie-pop compilation album. It's pleasant to listen to and I can pick out a few songs that I still return to a lot (mostly chocolate and sex tbh), but it's not really anything refreshing.

Sidenote, pretty much every transition and instrumental track was completely pointless
lemuriams
71
Good funk-rock album - Simple melodies and great vocals is a good way of commercial success - Very Holiday album - is less ambitious side Foals, but more catchy.

This is a young team and I hope that their music will continue in the wording and beautiful catchy guitar will be accompanied as on the album.
nemgax
40
this is so average why do people love it so much help
JustSomeGuy
48
The 1975's debut album is pretty damn average. There really isn't much I can praise it on. The group are clearly competent and have potential to make something great. Tracks like Sex and Girls prove that they are more than capable to make incredibly catchy, fun and memorable songs. Yet the album as a whole is filled with boring and forgettable tracks. Songs like She Way Out and Menswear are just so goddamn boring that I genuinely can't even remember what they sounded like, and I thought that ... read more
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Track List

  1. The 1975
  2. The City
  3. M.O.N.E.Y.
  4. Chocolate
  5. Sex 
  6. Talk!
  7. An Encounter 
  8. Heart Out 
  9. Settle Down 
  10. Robbers
  11. Girls
  12. 12 
  13. She Way Out
  14. Menswear 
  15. Pressure 
  16. Is There Somebody Who Can Watch You
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