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The Manchester natives are back with their third LP.

Manchester-born pop-rock eclectics The 1975 have released their third studio album, and it’s laced with both jarring originality, and warmly familiar elements that most fans would know and love.

The most obvious thing that separates this release from other The 1975 work is that it never really keeps a consistent theme. Songs like the highly publicised singles ‘Love It If We Made It’ and ‘Give Yourself a Try’ deal with the detritus and hubris of modern-day society, while ‘Sincerity Is Scary’ and ‘Be My Mistake’ tread more vulnerable emotional territory.

There are purely instrumental pieces, such as ‘How To Draw / Petrichor’, that hold an almost obsessive amount of detail within the notes, or display an almost painfully minimalist design like the opening track ‘The 1975’. It’s an album that covers a mind-boggling amount of ground, both lyrically and musically, and that’s always a delicious sentence to read for the deeply perceptive music consumer.

But while experimentation with sound I’ll always endorse, some songs seem just too whacky to be feasible on an album – ‘The Man Who Married A Robot / Love Theme’ for example. Quite a few of these tracks go right off and though that’s a saving grace, it’s simply not enough to hold a full hour of music.

6/10

By Lochlan Bourke