ALBUM TITLE                        :        I LIKE IT WHEN YOU SLEEP FOR YOU ARE SO                                                                           BEAUTIFUL YET YOUR ARE SO UNAWARE OF IT.

ARTIST                                   :        THE 1975

GENRE                                    :        POP

DATE RELEASED                   :        2016

This album can be retitled as an “Experiment With Genre and Sounds” or a “Journey To The 80’s” or “Let’s Do New Wave With The Millenials.”  Probably, this is the most multi-sound, multi-genre, and multi-crossover album in decades that you can listen to.  This album won’t have any problem hitting the airwaves if this was released during the 80’s.  There is no doubt that it can still the charts if this was released during the grunge era. The whole album is just a pleasure to listen.

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At first you might think that they have Prince doing the lead guitar in the firstfew bars of the intro song like he did with “Like A Prayer” of Madonna and you would thought that this a funk album.  The same feeling is evident after listening to the next songs “Ugh” and “Love Me.”  It is until you listen to “A Change of Heart” that you felt like you are in the 80’s.  This song just reminds you of any China Crisis track or similar band in that era.  The ode to the 80’s is every clear with “She’s American” where it uses the same musical structure and instruments like that of typical one hit wonders such as Brother Beyond, Curiositiy Killed The Cat, and among others.  In “Somebody Else,” there is a little bit of Tears for Fears and Haircut 100 combined.

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Of course, you will be interested how will the title track sounds?  Well, it is quite experimental as it feels like you are listening to a pop version of Jean Michael Jarre or earlier works of Michael Cretu.  Yes, there are some songs in here that can be considered as quite experimental or eclectic such as “Lostmyhead” and “The Ballad of Me and My Brain” which are so glam rock or nineties rock for that matter and listeners might find these songs as out of place.  But, I have to point back you to the first paragraph of this review in order to re-align your musical thoughts with this album.

There are also songs here that can be considered as Europop like “The Sound.” The song “This Must Be My Fear” is like a track from the first album of Information Society.  There is also a Hall and Oates type of track in “Paris.” The “Nana” track is so Bjork in terms of musical treatment.

If you don’t have problems with an album which is devoid of cohesiveness in terms of musical structure then this is a good album to listen to.  However, considering that around 75 percent of the tracks in hear are quite pleasant this shows that cohesiveness is not a problem at all.

With that I rate this record 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it


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