With the release of a new The 1975 album, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, many critics are comparing it to the 1997 Radiohead album, OK Computer. And it’s not just for the Siri-narrated “The Man Who Married A Robot / Love Theme.”
The album doesn’t so much condemn technology, as it does accept and debate it. A five-star NME review described it as the “millennial answer to OK Computer. Healy says, “It’s a nuanced record for a time when life’s shades of grey are darker and closer in contrast than they may have previously been, and it’s no less powerful as a result.”
When asked on Beats 1 about the comparisons, Healy responds, “I think the reference to OK Computer is because the narrative is incredible twinned with how we communicate on the internet and these kind of things, which is obviously OK Computer in a nutshell.”
He adds, “My favourite records are about life. That may be a bit of a big thing to say, but I was just writing a record about relationships. Well, I wasn’t even doing that. I just writing a record and it turns out that if you try and write and honest record about relationships and how they’re mediated in the modern day, then you’re kind of by proxy writing about the internet.
“I want a legacy. I want people to look back and think our records were the most important pop records that a band put out in this decade.”