I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It by The 1975

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On 26 February, British band The 1975 released their sophomore album, I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It, and much to the pleasure of fans and critics alike, they did not disappoint.

The opening track of the album, ‘The 1975’ features the same lyrics and title as the opening track for their previous album, but is reimagined in the band’s updated (but ever ‘80s inspired) sound. Whilst The 1975’s debut album was loaded with their now signature indie-pop songs for sad teens, their latest release takes their original sound down a more mature path. Whether it be to create more intricate pop songs or haunting ballads, their songs are always introspective masterpieces.

Their second album includes standout singles like ‘Love Me’, a social commentary on the world of celebrity; ‘UGH!’, about lead singer Matty Healy’s battle with substance abuse; and ‘The Sound’, which features memorable lyrics such as, “Well, I know when you’re around ‘cause I know the sound, I know the sound of your heart”.  The album also features previously unreleased tracks that reference the band’s past bodies of work — both lyrically and instrumentally — most notably track four, ‘A Change Of Heart’.

If you’re looking for soft synth beats, overlaid with sad indie lyrics, and pitchy yet emotionally resonant vocals, I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It might just be the 2016 album for you. I give it four stars and a poorly executed watercolour thank you card.

Words by Scarlette Baum