I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it.
I know this is gonna be a very biased review (well I cannot help it ♥（ﾉ´∀`）) Each song in this album is a precious piece of art.
Perhaps this is the longest album title that I will encounter in my life. It might sound ridiculous to most people, but to the fans of The 1975, it rightfully fits their image. They have proved themselves to be a band that crosses music genres, and there’s no stopping them from creating and surpassing the norm even just for an album title.
The band’s sophomore album has been highly anticipated by fans all over the world (here in the Philippines we had an album release fanmeet!). I know a lot of fans were a bit worried about this album because the standards are high now for the band – they would need to surpass their debut album which was just so good. Even Matty, the band’s frontman, said something along those lines, seeing that their debut album contains the best tracks that they’ve created during their first 10 years as a band. For this album, they only had a year to prepare for it. But I must say this second album is worth the wait. I loved everything about it – from its new pink packaging (those lovely neon signs!) to the lyrics, the melody of each song, the story behind each song, even the dedication part of the album jacket (mind you, I don’t usually read those). Truly, they’ve set a new record for this one.
The album actually covered all the kinds of music I listen to – from their usual alternative tracks, to the 80’s music vibe (which I closely compare to the music style that Taylor Swift has for 1989), to the instrumental and the acoustic tracks.
It’s not so obvious that I’m super obsessed with this album, right? Here’s my take on each song in the album and I’m pouring out all of my thoughts here (yup this is gonna be one lengthy post).
The album artfully opens with this track which serves as a reprise of their opening track also with the same name in their debut album. On this one however, a choir sings along with Matty’s multi-layered voice. It was like introducing the band in a same but brand new way, which is analogous to what they did on their logo which was changed from black and white to pink (remember all that hullabaloo back in June last year?). I recommend listening on headset/earphones on this one, as you might miss hearing some sound effects especially in the beginning of the song.
I remember tuning to BBC Radio 1 (via the livestream) for the radio debut of this song. Upon hearing the funky opening notes, I knew I was going to love the song. It has such a catchy tune. I love singing along with it! The song is about drugs, which is not surprising anymore (duh have you heard Chocolate?).
I first encountered the lyrics of this song from the teasers that the band released on their SNS. I noticed immediately the references that it had from their older songs:
I knew then that this is gonna be a sad song. I dreaded listening to it because I really really love Robbers. Having a song like this that sounded like a sad continuation of that love story is something that I just cannot absorb. (ノД`)・゜・。Falling out of love is just the saddest feeling of all.
Hands down, this is my most favorite track of all in this album. The first few seconds of the song will already get you dancing! I swear I would go crazy if they include this in their setlist in their stop here in the country (yes, they are coming again for a concert here!). The song has a very strong ‘Settle Down‘-ish resemblance, but this one has a stronger 80’s vibe. Well I love both songs, and I will never get tired listening to this song over and over again.
This is one of the most affecting songs that they have on this album (for me at least). I could just relate to every word of the song. It was just so timely because I was reading Paulo Coelho’s The Valkyries during the time I first listened to it. I knew I needed to discover something for myself during that time. I was supposed to be on a mission. Unfortunately, I failed.
I was listening to this song while looking over the mountains, the morning after we hiked Mt. Pulag (which I will write a post about soon). I could just empathize with Matty on this song. I wanted to heal. I was given the opportunity, but I did not grab it whole-heartedly. The last repeating lines of the song just breaks my heart. That’s a question I have for myself too.
This is one of the instrumental tracks of this album. It has such an eccentric and eerie sound that feels like I’m being lulled to sleep. I especially love the piano parts. Matty tweeted the notes for this track. Maybe I could try it out some time to see if I could play the notes on the piano too. 😀
The song starts with a choir singing. Afterwards we hear Matty’s voice singing with such angst and frustration. If you listen to the lyrics, you’ll understand why. It’s a song about being lost and trying to find yourself. I particularly liked the lines ‘Where would I be if I was my brain?’. This is one song that I am also looking forward to see performed live. It would be a joy to hear Matty sing his heart out as I believe this song is based on his personal experience dealing with drugs and all the stress he experienced while touring.
Sigh, this is another sad song. Again, it’s about falling out of love. It has such a dreamy vibe which I think I would love to listen to when drunk (cause it will sound way way better). I remember an anecdote Matty mentioned in an interview – about him falling in love with a prostitute. Maybe this song is about that girl?
Honestly this is my most under-appreciated song in the album. Maybe I am just not used to this kind of music. But slowly I’m starting to get it, I just need to listen more to it I guess.
This is my most favorite track among the songs that they’ve released (so far) from this album. It’s such a party song that makes you want to dance. Adam’s guitar solo is also a highlight of this song. This is another track that I want them to perform in their concert.
If you listen to just the melody of the song, you will get the general feel of it being a romantic song. But no, it’s about a girl, about cheating, and drugs. But setting aside the lyrics, this song reminds me of a recent book by Paulo Coelho that I read – Eleven Minutes – because the ending was set in Paris and it was all romantic and cheesy.
I literally teared up most of the time I listened to this song. I am dead serious (no pun intended). The instances I did not cry was because I was only half-listening to it. This song talks about the most dreaded thing that will happen in my life. Search the lyrics of the song, you’ll know what I’m talking about. 😦
My thoughts always go crazy whenever I think about that event. I really don’t know what I will do if that time comes. I think I will have a major breakdown. I cling to this song, keeping in mind that that event will always be a fact of life for everyone who has ever lived, and it will happen to anyone sooner or later, and that I should be ready when it happens. This is a wake up call to me, that I need to spend well all the remaining time that I have. I’m tearing up again with just writing all these stuff. 😥
And that’s it! Their album all in all has 17 tracks (though there is a Target-exclusive version which includes 2 additional tracks). The 1975 has surpassed my expectations for this album. This is the reason I am so eager to see them in concert again this year, because I am now so attached to them and to the songs more than ever. I will not dare miss their M&G and album signing again in case there would be one (though I doubt they’ll do it again here, they are too famous now for something like that huhuhu).
‘I like it when you sleep…’ is a masterpiece. The bar is set high again I guess. But hey this is The 1975, I’m sure they’ll produce more great records in the future.
Great job guys! And hopefully I’ll see you soon. xD
Neon signs created by David Drake