If you never really cared for The 1975's self-titled debut album because you found it a little too young for you, you would have been right. The band set themselves on the teenage pop market and did incredibly well out of it. But in an almost 180 turn around, the band are back with something a little familiar to us older folk. Their absurdly titled 'I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It' takes on the 80s synth pop sound in such an bombastic way, you'd hardly see them as the same outfit.
Right from when they returned with their lead single 'Love Me' did we know this album was going to be something special. The Prince-like feel of it left us wanting to hear more straight away, and luckily the album holds up a treasure trove of 80s nostalgia to get stuck in to. While the new mask does occasionally slip from time to time as they find themselves back in the old swing of things, much of this release seems to be about a rebirth for the group who might be looking to take themselves a little more seriously in the future.
But what this album has most of all is spirit. There is nothing lazy or sub-par in its intentions as frontman Matthew Healy looks set on becoming the full rockstar he wants to be, and sets a mighty precedent for the band in the future. It looks like we may all become 1975 fans very soon.