"A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships" is the third studio album by English pop rock band The 1975, released on 30 November 2018 by Dirty Hit and Polydor Records. It was produced by band members Matthew Healy and George Daniel, and is the band's first album to not be produced by regular collaborator, Mike Crossey.
At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 95, based on 8 reviews, indicating "Universal acclaim ".
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A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, the bands third full-length record, sees the band perfect their 'millenial' sound, by not being any one thing. If you were to define The 1975 as anything it would be as the sound of the 'don't define me generation'. Initially written off by many as just another 'pop-rock' band with a militant like following of teenage girls, both A Brief Inquiry and I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware Of It are testaments to the Manchester bands ability to make a statement. This is Peter Gabriel meets Justin Bieber meets Cole Porter and most importantly; it's a heck of a lot of fun.
As a band who are quick becoming megastars – rightfully so – this is their social commentary album, but what The 1975 have done is make the personal, universal. This could have been ‘the heroin’ record quite easily and while there’s plenty of reference to it here; “If I knew what you’d do, collapse my veins wearing beautiful shoes,” it never feels contrived or glorified. If anything Healy’s chaotic presence is the anchor of this record and turbulence it takes us through; both personal and political. The slick production has pulled out all the stops and it’s hard to imagine this record alienating anyone; don’t like the thick auto-tune experimentation of ‘How to Draw/Petrichor’, no problem; there’s always the hushed acoustic heartbreak of ‘Be My Mistake’ with its unflinching portrait of life on the road. Blasting its way through genre this is a record on a cinematic scale and the widescreen, stadium, power chords of ‘Inside My Mind’ and explosive finale ‘I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes)’ draw the curtain down, leaving you wanting.
A Brief Inquiry is a record of substance that manages to both poke fun at and be a product of its time. The 1975 might be white-boys with guitars, but they're so much more than that.
Reviewed by Lauren Mullineaux for thefourohfive.com.
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