The 1975 is a Manchester-based indie pop-rock band that was previously known as Talkhouse. And then The Slowdown. Which was followed by Bigsleep. And then Drive Like I Do. Before settling down on The 1975. Which they seem content with seeing as it’s not only the name of the band but also of the album and the first song on the album.
Stepping away from the emo rock they started out with, The 1975 now sounds like a modern day version of an eighties pop band. Think M83 if you will. It’s not too shabby and it’s produced to spit-shined perfection. Everything on here sounds glitzy, cute and danceable. The only problem is that it all sounds alike and that none of the songs really stick. It’s as if these guys spent all their time perfecting the right sound without writing the songs to go with it. “Talk!” is a Police rip-off if I ever heard one and even “Sex”, their best song on the album, doesn’t make much of a lasting impression. Basically, The 1975 is like a sugar buzz… it’s nice for a second but gone the next.