Album review: The 1975’s ‘I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It’

Mike Pizzo

Two and a half stars

The 1975 I Like It When You Sleep ...

Fast-rising U.K. band The 1975 has been touring relentlessly for the past four years, building a rabid, young fanbase in the process. Judging by awkwardly titled second album I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, the band could more aptly be named The 1985. Pulling from pop’s greatest generation yields mixed results, working well on the funky “Love Me,” which sounds a bit like when Duran Duran teamed with Nile Rodgers, but borrowing the cheesy production style of the era on “A Change of Heart” and “She’s American.” (The latter does feature the great lyric, though: “If she says I’ve got to fix my teeth, then she’s so American.”) As the album title suggests, there’s a Tumblr-esque quality to both singer Matthew Healy’s words and the song titles (see especially: “Please Be Naked”). But the record’s bigger issue is that it doesn’t seem to know what it wants to be, emulating several different bands of the past without creating a style of its own.

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