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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: 26 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  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. Nov 29, 2018
    80
    It’s the points at which A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships veers away from the preset aesthetic that feel the most profound.
  5. 80
    Overall, it’s not as gleeful as their last one, but melodic light relief abounds, as on the Belinda Carlisle outtake that is It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You). Those conclusions feel earned, not merely hashtagged.
  6. Nov 30, 2018
    76
    Great albums don’t need to define a generation or open doors to other worlds, they just need to make great music--and Inquiry does exactly that. It’s a batch of quality pop songs--nothing more, nothing less.
  7. Dec 17, 2018
    30
    Some of the arrangements wouldn't be that bad if they hadn't been sampled and sequenced to death. But if over-producing the life out of something is one thing, any use of the dreaded Auto-Tune facility is another. It runs through A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships like the plague to the point where numerous listens later I still have no idea what Matty Healy's actual singing voice sounds like.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  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 4, 2018
    10
    Their best album yet, all over the place yet cohesive. Songs like "i Always Wanna Die (Sometimes)" and Inside Your Mind are instantly classics.
  4. Dec 3, 2018
    9
    Music made for the times.

    A completely messy and emotional soundscape of eclectic colour and chaos. It wears its obvious Bon Iver,
    Music made for the times.

    A completely messy and emotional soundscape of eclectic colour and chaos. It wears its obvious Bon Iver, Radiohead and Joy Division influences on its sleeve and dives between genres unreservedly.

    It's not for everyone and if you're not invested in the general message of sincerity that threads throughout the record you'll most likely regard this as an unhinged pop attempt that doesn't work. But for those who do enjoy Matty's boldness, honesty and millennial angst, much of this will hit a deep itch.
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  5. 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
  6. Nov 30, 2018
    7
    The peaks are incredibly high, the lows are pretty forgettable. Overall, a fine album with a number of skippable tracks.

    Love it if We Made
    The peaks are incredibly high, the lows are pretty forgettable. Overall, a fine album with a number of skippable tracks.

    Love it if We Made It and How to Draw are fantastic, and the tepid usage of jazz-based sounds are intriguing.

    There are tracks that are less progressive than others, like "TOOTIME" a pretty forgettable synthpop tune.

    The Ok Computer comparisons are undeserved (for now), but this is the best album from a band with a pretty mediocre history
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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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