In honor of The 1975’s new album, Notes on a conditional form, finally released, I thought I might take a look at the band’s hottest and worst songs since their debut album in 2013. Here are what I consider to be the best and worst songs from each album:
Notes on a conditional form (2020)
Upbeat, witty and catchy, “The Birthday Party” best encapsulates the mood of The 1975 and cleverly uses different pitches to poke fun at the seriousness of party culture. I get deep insight into Matty Healy’s inner dialogue regarding his love-hate relationship with fame and his superficial interactions with people.
My least favorite song on this album is “Bagsy Not in Net”. It doesn’t sound any different to a lot of their other songs – and frankly, the repeated clicking noises sound annoying to me. I like the lyrics, but Healy’s voice sounds like she’s underwater, and the eerie pitches distract from what the song is trying to say. The song is too slow and lacks the depth usually found in band melodies. It feels like it’s taking up space on the album rather than contributing meaning. Bagsy is not in my net.
A Brief Survey of Online Relationships (2018)
It was the most difficult album to find a favorite song, because I love almost all the tracks. At the end of the day, I settled on “Love It If We Made It”. Often described as the “We didn’t light the fire” of the new millennium, this song is an incredible time capsule of some major – and tragic – events of the 21st century. This song also served as a prelude to the group’s emphasis on the need for social and environmental change in Notes on a conditional form.
The music video is a gorgeous political statement with spliced clips of protests, police and violence layered between flashing color shots of the group. It shows a diversity of people and highlights hypocrisies and controversies, pointing out that modernity has let everyone down. The song continues to be relevant today and could very well be the band’s magnum opus.
On the other hand, “Surrounded by heads and bodies” does not suit me. As lyrical as the title is, it’s too airy, and the instrumentals feel nothing special to me. The band fails to tell a full story with the lyrics or suggest a solid feeling to come out of the song. However, it is a perfect melody to fall asleep to. Speaking of what…
I like when you sleep, because you are so beautiful and yet so oblivious (2016)
It was also difficult to choose a favorite from this album. However, I went with “Loving Someone,” which acts as a political and social commentary while also talking about Healy’s love for exploring relationships. The best way to decipher this song is a quick Google search for the lyrics (their British accents can be a little thick at times), but I’m a particular fan of the catchy beat and chorus. The group observes conditional love and homophobia with witty lines and its famous black humor: “We are sensitive, or whatever. I don’t remember, whatever.
On the other hand, if you’re familiar with Lil Dicky’s song “Pillow Talking,” for some reason, “The Ballad of Me and My Brain” sounds like an eroded version of that track. The song wants you to take it seriously with its intense melody, but I really can’t when all I have in my head is the image of a little brain running away. In my opinion, this album doesn’t really have a bad song – but I needed to choose one and this track felt out of place.
The 1975 (2013)
Forgive me for not choosing “Chocolate” or “Sex” as the main title, but each work pales in comparison to the sultry, suspenseful creation that is “Robbers.” 1975 creates a story of dysfunctional romance and a failed heist, exploring the allure of being drawn into danger. This is the band’s vibe par excellence: indie rock meets destructive romanticism. The narrative-like style so popular on the band’s self-titled album faded considerably by the time they got to their final album – and this track reminds us of the power of songwriting as a form of mystical storytelling. . The song stays true to Healy’s exploration of drugs and love, and the music video is also a strong supporting element. If you want to feel like the main character, blast him while driving a tiny bit over the speed limit. It never gets old.
And on the low end – does anyone even remember the song “Pressure”? I listened to it several times in preparation for this article, and each time I can’t remember anything from the song. The instrumentals aren’t special, and the song never seems to hit a peak action point. This song definitely falls into the category of failures.