The 1975 have never sounded so accomplished in their approach: capturing the inherent chaos through the absolute uncertainty in today’s times with such expertise. A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships chronicles this chaos swiftly, whether it’s in the frenzied ballad “TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME” mimicking crazy song titles, or the apprehensive “Love It If We Made It” which rings the words of the United States president, “I moved on her like a bitch” in echoing solidarity.
“The Man Who Married A Robot / Love Theme” is a rework of Radiohead’s “Fitter Happier.” The track is narrated by none other than Siri (yes, the one in your pocket); “Be My Mistake” is a chilling, gentle tune; “I Like America & America Likes Me” provides Kanye-level autotune; “It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)” is arguably the band’s biggest pop song they’ve ever written; a quaint jazz number, “Mine,” is the biggest surprise here. “Mine” is absolutely breathtaking and proves that both Matty Healy and George Daniel are arguably the most creative writing duo working in music right now.
It’s sort of crazy to admit exactly what Matty Healy has accomplished here. He’s produced an album that not only sums up millennial life, but really an album that could only be made at this moment, in this saga, right here and right now.