By: Harper Brown
On October 8, 2015, The 1975 announced their second studio album, I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It. The album was released on February 26, 2016. The band premiered their first single off of the album called “Love Me,” while scheduling a tour across Europe, North America, and Asia. They premiered the second single, “UGH!,” on December 10, 2015. The album’s third single, “The Sound,” was debuted on BBC Radio 1 on January 14, 2016. The group then debuted their song, “Somebody Else,” from the album on February 15, 2016, before the full album was released on February 26, 2016.
This is The 1975’s second studio album, after their debut self-titled album was released on September 2, 2013. Their new album has a very different sound from the first album they released. The band states their first album had an “electropop, emo, funk rock, indie rock, pop, and pop rock sound,” and allmusic.com gave the album an 80/100, saying it was the “best anthemic ’80s stadium rock, roiling a host of influences into a single distinct sound that, the moment it hits your ears, becomes timeless.”
Their new album was described as a “dance-pop, dance-rock, indie rock, jazz, pop, post-rock, R&B and soul.” Absolute Punk rated it 95/100, saying “the band has eclipsed the success of their debut record, creating the first masterpiece of the year and a record that will remain one for years to come.”
The 1975 changed their appearance, going from a melancholy black and white logo, to a much softer baby pink and white logo. The group has made many changes that have led to even more success in their second album. There is a wide range of sounds on this album from the funky sound of “Love Me,” to the four minute long ethereal instrumental song titled “Please Be Naked,” all the way to the heartbreaking song about the death of frontman Matty Healy’s grandmother called “Nana.” It is truly an album worth listening to, especially if you are interested in a different and unique music experience.