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The 1975’s newest album, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, has been out for just over six hours, and I am already obsessed.

Most who know me are aware of my devout devotion to The 1975, their music, and the ideas that their craft represents. Between their exhilarating concert in London that launched my following, the countless hours I’ve spent listening and analyzing their tunes, and their recent show in a Chicago amphitheater, my dedication to this band and everything they work towards has only grown in the last three years.

Needless to say, I was more than excited for the release of this album after the build-up of several months. As midnight hit, and all fifteen songs were released on Spotify, all my anticipation immediately blossomed into satisfaction; the technique and talent utilized in its creation instantly diffused and resonated within me.

While peculiar in concept, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships is actually much less strange than one might expect. The album explores the hardships and journey that frontman and lyricist Matty Healy has endured over the last few years.

The album begins with “Give Yourself a Try,” a tune surrounding second tries and the loss of a devoted fan; the album culminates just after “I Couldn’t Be More In Love,” a prophetic vision of success and overcoming. It truly comes full circle, a radiating sphere with interludes such as “How to Draw/Petrichor” and “The Man Who Married A Robot” in between.

While all fifteen songs contribute to the album’s greater meaning in some way, two in particular will be on repeat for me for a long time to come. The first, “Sincerity is Scary,” exposes raw emotion with lyrics like “And irony is okay, I suppose, culture is to blame,” and reaches its pinnacle with gospel-like resonance from the talented band– a cathartic experience from beginning to end.

The other, “I Like America and America Likes Me,” was an interesting take on the land of the free and home of the brave from the Manchester-based band. The overwhelming emphasis on auto-tune was bizarre but oddly worked. According to Healy, the booming beat and fast pace were meant to represent America’s age of Soundcloud, and it contrasted divinely with his sonorous voice.

The 1975’s interest in America and our atypical affairs is also evident in “Love It If We Made it,” a personal favorite that peaks with the lyrics like, “Thank you Kanye, very cool!” His interest in the world around him and knowledge of his place in society are admirable, but his passion for sharing this with his listeners is astounding and inspiring.

Additionally, the album and the deeper meaning that it holds far surpass its competition. Healy and his band explore the repercussions of technology and what it means for our population as a unit. In “The Man Who Married A Robot,” a Siri-like voice describes an infatuation for technology. The result is an apparent illustration of our ever-increasing love for intel rather than individuals.

All in all, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships takes listeners on a voyage that explores loss, its devastating effects, a trek to recovery, and ultimate joy. Its aim to describe an almost dystopian obsession with technology is aided by The 1975’s natural talent and Matty Healy’s unique, malleable voice.

With another album to be released in May and a two-year world tour kicking off soon after, The 1975 has big things planned for the future. Simply put, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships reinforced my love for The 1975 and rendered me extremely excited for their future.

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Nisha Rajakrishna is a senior and entering her last year on staff as an Editor-in-Chief. Nisha loves to travel and experience new cultures, and in her...

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The 1975 send a powerful message through their newest album