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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 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  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 6, 2018
    9
    Never thought that I would fall in love with a 1975 album but here we are. This album is by turns relevant and thought provoking whileNever thought that I would fall in love with a 1975 album but here we are. This album is by turns relevant and thought provoking while constantly invigorating itself with catchy pop tunes. Expand
  5. Nov 30, 2018
    9
    It may not be the tidiest of releases, but the band's extraordinary nerve has payed off. This is an album of incredible scope and incredibleIt may not be the tidiest of releases, but the band's extraordinary nerve has payed off. This is an album of incredible scope and incredible ambition, held together by just the right balance of sincerity and irony as to allow it to sound wholehearted, but not as if the band are taking themselves too seriously. Expand
  6. Nov 30, 2018
    8
    Easily their most well rounded work to date, as well as their most experimental. Matty Healy's wordplay remains unmatched as he continues toEasily their most well rounded work to date, as well as their most experimental. Matty Healy's wordplay remains unmatched as he continues to improve in writing and explore various topics outside of love, drugs, and sex, such as politics, societal issues, technology, the internet, etc.
    However, that doesn't compensate for the obvious misplacement of Give Yourself a Try & TOOTIME. These 2 songs don't belong on the record in my opinion, especially the latter.
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  7. Dec 14, 2018
    3
    A terrible album with terrible productions. I don't get what the hype for this album or for the band is. Why are they considered good or evenA terrible album with terrible productions. I don't get what the hype for this album or for the band is. Why are they considered good or even worthy of mainstream attraction? They just sound like any generic indie pop/rock bands and honestly nothing original. Its incredible how low music industry standards have dropped when we now consider this trash album as the pinnacle for the year. This is why in my home country you never hear their songs on the radio because they are so trash. Expand

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