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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the British rock band was produced by the band's own Matthew Healy and George Daniel.
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Give Yourself A Try
You learn a couple things when you get to my age Like friends don't lie and it all tastes the same in the dark When your vinyl and your coffee... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Dec 3, 2018
    100
    There's so much going on in this record, but it's far from a case of throwing everything against the wall and seeing what sticks. A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships is a considered, ambitious album from a band who are constantly pushing themselves.
  2. Q Magazine
    Nov 20, 2018
    100
    A Brief Inquiry... feel not just hugely entertaining and moving, but necessary. [Jan 2019, p.104]
  3. 91
    The 1975 don’t presume to have all the answers, but their sincerity and vulnerability make for a tremendous record that speaks to the state we live in. It’s their best work yet.
  4. Mojo
    Nov 20, 2018
    80
    It's not tidy, but fittingly for such unabashed pop maximalists, there's a lot to love here. [Jan 2019, p.84]
  5. Dec 6, 2018
    80
    Though A Brief Inquiry is just as dizzying and disorienting as 2016’s heroically omnivorous i love it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it, the 1975 take themselves a little more seriously now.
  6. 80
    As with all of The 1975’s escapades, it ought to be a disaster. Instead, the showpiece triumphs as an unlikely paragon of social media-era pop. In a glass bottle, tamed and ridiculed, the inferno is strangely beautiful.
  7. Nov 30, 2018
    60
    Despite the often bleak themes at play on the album, there's also a refreshing hopefulness on many of the tracks that speaks to Healy's own recovery and willingness to say yes to even the most frothy pop trend. However, taken as a whole, the album is often as disparate and difficult to wade through as the social-media landscape it hopes to comment on.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 27
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 27
  3. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Nov 30, 2018
    10
    "TOOGOODTOOGOODTOOGOOD". The album is highly experimental, bringing all the heavy issues yet the execution is simply delicate and easy to"TOOGOODTOOGOODTOOGOOD". The album is highly experimental, bringing all the heavy issues yet the execution is simply delicate and easy to digest thanks to the superiority of the lyrics accompanied by the heavenly melodies. This is their world with their own rules, we are entities that follow the flow of their own melancholy. OK Computer of our generation some said, seems like a little bit exaggeration but seriously there's nothing to be ashamed of. Sincerity is Scary, I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes) and Give Yourself A Try are the highlights of the album with all other tracks serving high replay value. ABIIOR is undoubtedly the definition of instant classic, period. Expand
  2. Dec 4, 2018
    10
    No one has ever captured modern life quite as powerfully and with such complexity as the 1975 in their third album. While this is,No one has ever captured modern life quite as powerfully and with such complexity as the 1975 in their third album. While this is, undoubtedly, a warning about modern technology and the opioid epidemic, it's not altogether negative. Written by millennials, it has a certain positive undercurrent that previous such albums have totally lacked. You get the feeling that yes, there are problems. But we solve those problems, and life is, as a whole, pretty good. Expand
  3. Dec 3, 2018
    10
    A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships is easily one of the best albums of 2018. The 1975 have constructed an album filled with pop rockA Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships is easily one of the best albums of 2018. The 1975 have constructed an album filled with pop rock hits that are infectious and memorable. You'll find yourself dancing to the first half of the album and crying through the second half. Its great blend of pop, rock, gospel and electronic is truly an example of their ambitious yet fantastical feet. Expand
  4. Dec 4, 2018
    9
    Absolutely gorgeous album. My issue with the 1975 has always been them releasing great singles with rather boring albums (with a few decentAbsolutely gorgeous album. My issue with the 1975 has always been them releasing great singles with rather boring albums (with a few decent deep-cuts). Self titled was over all good and "I like it..." could really bore me at times. Going into this album I was expecting the same. There were more great singles, but they were really all over the place stylistically. I was excited nonetheless. I downloaded it as soon as it dropped and was extremely surprised from what i heard. This album explores many different genres from electropop to traditional jazz. Usually, this would be a weird thing to do for most bands. But there was a weird thing about this album- The 1975 made it work. "A brief Inquiry..." blends electropop, jazz, post-rock, and ambient to create a hauntingly beautiful album that makes us think about life in 2018. You could argue that this album was boring at times, but I would say that this album is just a slowburner most of the time. If you're going into this album wanting their sleek pop rock sound that the band has become known for, look to their other two albums. This is a different one, a more conscious album that is ushering in a new era for the band. I've been blown away every time I've listened to this album since it was released. This album might just cement The 1975 as the most important pop band of the decade. Expand
  5. Nov 30, 2018
    9
    After the grand new-wave sound of their second LP "I like it when you sleep", The 1975, easily snatching their place as one of the mostAfter the grand new-wave sound of their second LP "I like it when you sleep", The 1975, easily snatching their place as one of the most interesting bands out there today, are back with "A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships", which sounds both a lot more organic, and a lot more futuristic at the same time. It is a marvelous record to say the least, shifting gears and switching from one style to another, all while remaining weirdly cohesive and well-arranged. The singles released prior to the album were all absolute smashes ("TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME" will be a huge favourite in their tour setlist, "Sincerity is Scary" has an amazing tune, and "Give Yourself a Try" and "Love It If We Made It" have some of the best lyrics Matty and co. have ever written). New songs are also diverse and well-made: "I Couldn't Be More In Love" has some kick-ass vocals, "I Like America" is electrifying and hard-core, and "Mine" is a throwback jazzy track about love and gratitude. The whole album is very well produced, alternating between vocoders and guitars and Matthew Healey's pure raw vocals, which makes it nothing less than an absolute success. Expand
  6. Nov 30, 2018
    8
    I adore the message of the album.
    It's really thought full & a wise message for every millennial.
    That's why I like this album is a pop
    I adore the message of the album.
    It's really thought full & a wise message for every millennial.
    That's why I like this album is a pop album.
    It's really accessible, but experimental at the same time.
    ABIIOR has to offer a lot of different genres & sub genres in the pop-category.
    But even though that is the case, the album still feels like one project.
    And all the songs tie together very well.

    The only thing that I really don't like on this album are the awful auto tuned vocals The 1975 frequently use & it would've been nice if every song transited well into the other song instead of the classic fade out, but other than that I can't really come up with any other negatives.

    I really hope we get to see more pop-albums like this; were the composition & lyrics actually matter.
    Some tracks really give me goose bumps every time I listen to them.
    I think it's an album every youngster, from 15-30 years old, or every frequent Internet user should listen to!
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  7. Dec 1, 2018
    3
    Boring. This album is really a pass for anyone except for hardcore 1975 fanboys. It really doesn't offer anything inspiring. Rehashing oldBoring. This album is really a pass for anyone except for hardcore 1975 fanboys. It really doesn't offer anything inspiring. Rehashing old jazz and classical themes and calling it innovative or experimental is just ignorance. If you want something slow and ambient then "give this album a try". If you like their previous work...wait for the next installment...or stream on Apple Music then put it in the never listen to again pile. Expand

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