No one brings back the 80s synth vibes like The 1975. Now on their fifth studio album, this English rock band has been gaining traction since 2013. Now, the group is one of the more well-known alternative rock bands of the time, and for a good reason.
From “Robbers” to “Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America,” The 1975’s unique lyricism and musicality make it easy to get into the rock scene, even if it is more synth heavy than the typical rock song nowadays. The band recently put out a new record titled “Being Funny in a Foreign Language,” and have once again put an exciting twist on alternative rock.
“Oh Caroline” - 9/10
The musicality within the track is what makes the song and a lot of the record. The synthesizers make this song feel straight out of the 80s. The frontman’s range in the song is beautifully crafted to make the listener get ever-so-slightly choked up.
Lyrically, the lead singer has noted that this song is not about really anything in particular, which is a bold statement to have in music nowadays. Sometimes a song does not need to have a nuanced meaning for the listener to enjoy it, and The 1975 proves it with this song.
This song is the best on the record because of its contagious chorus and masterful musicality. Even though there is no particular meaning, it lets the listener derive their meaning from it, and that in and of itself is beautiful.
“Human Too” - 5/10
The song is about how humans are fundamentally flawed, and that is a respectable thing to write about. It is a good message to let people know that no one is perfect. Musically, it gives off the impression of a slow dance, maybe that of someone’s first dance at their wedding, which is also admirable.
However, it could be lyrically better. The message is great, but it is just missing the mark making it seem interesting. Next to that, the song does get quite repetitive after some time. It is not quite to the point of wanting to skip it, but it does come kind of close.
Just like every song, however, it is not for everyone.
“All I Need To Hear” - 8.5/10
“About You” - 8/10
“Looking For Somebody (To Love)” - 7/10
Overview - 7.5/10
“Being Funny in a Foreign Language” is a great addition to The 1975’s discography as they continue forth in their career. It is no secret why they have gained the traction they did.
Even though some might not like the new LP as much as the group’s self-titled record or “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It,” it is still worth the listen, and perhaps will be added to someone’s daily playlist.