I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It
The 1975’s sophomore album, I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It, is a neon, funky record that boldly takes cues from the new wave era, complete with choppy rhythm guitars and fast tempos, while telling the story of the band’s journey into fame.
“She’s American”, “Love Me”, “The Sound”, “Lostmyhead” and “The Ballad Of Me And My Brain” are classic The 1975 and will keep their fans satisfied and dancing. “Love Me”, a fun and upbeat song, showcases an interpersonal war regarding fame and the bewilderment from musicians who find themselves unwilling celebrities. “Next thing you’ll find you’re reading about yourself on a plane, oh, what a shame!” “The Sound” is so catchy and colorful that if it doesn’t make you want to dance, you’re probably dead inside. Still, the best song on this album is “Somebody Else” – a song that starts out slow but erupts into an unapologetically 80’s-inspired electronica hit that made me want to dance until I collapsed. (If you want to Spotify this album and are relying on one song to determine whether or not you should give the entire album a chance, let it be “Somebody Else”. You’ll probably end up playing it an obsessive amount of times like I did.)
“UGH!” is a song allegedly inspired by Matt Healey’s (The 1975’s lead singer) harrowing experiences with cocaine, but you would never know it by the way he sings in such a smooth way, it reminds you of dripping honey. “Paris” is another song inspired by cocaine, but this song has a much more melancholy beat (perhaps “UGH!” was inspired by a cocaine-fueled manic high and “Paris” was inspired by the coming down?) and a female drug-addled partner in crime. “You’re a walking overdose in a great coat/ Mr. Serotonin Man, lend me a gram. You call yourself a friend?” The 1975 unfortunately, without meaning to, sing about drugs in such a fun way that it doesn’t seem as though they’re cautioning their fans against using them. But then again, why should they have to? They’re musicians, not saints.
If the purpose of I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It is to tell listeners a story, then “If I Believe You” is a follow up to “UGH!” and “Paris”, as an earnest cry for help to get rid of addiction. “And if I believe you, would that make it stop? If I told you I need you, is that what you want? I’m broken and bleeding, and begging for help. And I’m asking you Jesus, show yourself.” “If I Believe You” is one of the sadder songs on the album, but also happens to be the most beautifully put together, thanks to harmonious saxophones and harps.
Some songs are mellow, like “A Change of Heart” (rumored to be about Taylor Swift) and “Loving Someone”. “Loving Someone” displays the distress of being on the road for tour, when that musician would much rather be at home, settled down, loving somebody.
I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It gives listeners some insight on the journey of a couple of musicians who go into the scene to make music and find themselves thrown into the fame-game unwillingly. Luckily, The 1975 keep it real and don’t try to sugarcoat anything, even if their songs are sugary-sweet with lots of beats.