The 1975’s second album, “I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it,” takes on a new spin of the British band’s sound. “ILIWYS” takes on a more pop sound, with a melodramatic state of mind.
The album opens with their staple opener, “The 1975,” though this time with slightly different background music. Then it flows right into “Love Me” and “UGH!” – upbeat jams criticizing mainstream society, with lyrics like “We’ve just come to represent a decline in the standards of what we accept,” and “Hey, boy, stop pacing ’round the room, using other people’s faces as a mirror for you.” Next, “Change of Heart” changes it up with a tragic rebuttal of some of the love song’s on their first album, proved by lines like, “You used to have a face straight out of a magazine, now you just look like anyone.”
“She’s American” is a sneak peek inside how lead singer, Healy, stereotypes basic American girls, presumably specifically LA girls. Apparently, they don’t eat, like intelligent guys, like straight teeth, and like to be socially relevant. I’ll let you take that as you’d like. The next three songs, “If I Believe You,” “Lostmyhead,” and “The Ballad of Me and My Brain” are a further look inside Healy’s conflicted mind.
“Somebody Else” is about that awkward stage where you no longer crave your ex’s affection, but you still don’t want to see them with somebody else. And yet, you both have those moments of weakness where you “are just gonna keep ‘doin’ it’,” if you catch Healy’s drift. And then “Loving Someone” is a vividly deep analysis of what it really means to love someone.
Laid out in the words of “The Sound” is the story of a toxic relationship based on all-encompassing, destructive love. Whereas, “This Must Be My Dream” portrays the girl who got away.
“Paris” is yet another one of Healy’s critiques of society. He makes fun of the drug-obsessed party life with genius lines like, “Oh, stop being an arsehole and counting my eye rolls.”
The album closes with two acoustically sad songs in the form of “Nana” and “She Lays Down.”
Despite being a completely different sound than their first album, The 1975 have done it again. “ILIWYS” is the perfect album to blast with the sunroof open on the drive home from school. Because, even though some of the subjects are a little heavy, the light-hearted tones of the songs keep my mood uplifted. I can’t wait to see them perform it live at Firefly in June.
Natalie Mozoki ’16 || Copy Editor