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I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it

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As well as having a mouthful of a title, the 1975's sophomore album, 2016's I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, is the kind of ambitious, self-indulgent album that either marks a grand misstep by a fledgling band, or the start of something big. Produced by Mike Crossey, I Like It When You Sleep finds the 1975 picking up on many of the stylistic threads running through their Crossey-helmed, self-titled 2013 debut: synthy new wave, kinetic dance-rock, and atmospheric balladry. The difference this time around is Crossey, and the band's pristine studio execution, marked by a distinctive '80s adult contemporary aesthetic. While bands like MGMT and Vampire Weekend have long mined the VH-1 vaults for stylistic inspiration, there's nothing mannered about the 1975's retro-leanings. Despite their name and their ear for '80s synthesizers, the British outfit sound much more flamboyant than their contemporaries. This is primarily due to the contributions of lead singer Matthew Healy, whose overly wordy lyrics and weird, playfully dark persona -- sort of like a sexual Fraggle -- can sometimes put listeners off the pop scent. As he sings on "The Sound," "It's not about reciprocation, it's just all about me/A sycophantic, prophetic, Socratic, junkie wannabe." In that sense, the 1975 are more in line with the swagger of artists like INXS, U2, or even Madonna for that matter, whose early hits clearly had an impact on the group's approach here. Cuts like "UGH!," and the cheeky, plastic funk single "Love Me," sound delightfully like something Madonna might have made in collaboration with Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers and art-pop duo Yello. Similarly, "The Sound" and the sparkling anthem "She's American," feature brightly infectious hooks that wouldn't be out of place on a Prince album. In fact, there's a palpable R&B inclination running through much of I Like It When You Sleep. It's a vibe that reaches an apex on the yearning, mid-album slow-jam, "If I Believe You," which also happens to feature a gorgeously rendered flügelhorn solo from jazz star and longtime D'Angelo collaborator Roy Hargrove. Elsewhere, in keeping with the overall '80s adult contemporary sound, tracks like the shimmeringly moody "Somebody Else" and the sweetly romantic "Paris," bring to mind Tango in the Night-era Fleetwood Mac. Admittedly, at 17 tracks, I Like It When You Sleep is long. And given the poetic, atmospheric nature of many of the songs, it's somewhat unwieldy in one sitting. Ultimately, however, it's that uncompromising mix of POP (in capitalize letters) and inventive, exploratory musicianship that help make it such a rewarding listen. As the title implies, it may take the 1975 a while to get to the point on I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, but when they do, the results are revelatory.
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The 1975
00:01:23

Crystal Lewis, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Crossey, Producer, Mixer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - James Connor, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - The 1975, MainArtist - George Daniel, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ross MacDonald, ComposerLyricist - Matthew Healy, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Adam Hann, ComposerLyricist - Jonathan Gilmore, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - Jason McGee, Manager - Edward Lawson, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Vernon Burris, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Fallynn Oliver, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sharetta Morgan- Harmon, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Anika Weibe, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Cassandra Grigsby-Chism, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Monique Sullivan, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Nicole King- Morgan, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Crystal Butler, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Marquee Perkins, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Quishima Dixon, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Carisa Moore, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Derrick Evans, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2016 Dirty Hit

2
Love Me
00:03:42

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Crossey, Producer, Mixer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - The 1975, MainArtist - George Daniel, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Synthesizer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ross MacDonald, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matthew Healy, Producer, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Adam Hann, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jonathan Gilmore, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Dirty Hit

3
UGH!
00:03:00

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Crossey, Producer, Mixer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - The 1975, MainArtist - George Daniel, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Programming, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ross MacDonald, ComposerLyricist - Matthew Healy, Producer, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Adam Hann, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jonathan Gilmore, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Dirty Hit

4
A Change Of Heart
00:04:43

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Crossey, Producer, Mixer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - The 1975, MainArtist - George Daniel, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Programming, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ross MacDonald, ComposerLyricist - Matthew Healy, Producer, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Adam Hann, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jonathan Gilmore, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Dirty Hit

5
She's American
00:04:30

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Crossey, Producer, Mixer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - The 1975, MainArtist - George Daniel, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Programming, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ross MacDonald, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matthew Healy, Producer, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Adam Hann, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Waugh, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Gilmore, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Dirty Hit

6
If I Believe You
00:06:20

Crystal Lewis, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Crossey, Producer, Mixer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - James Connor, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Roy Hargrove, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - The 1975, MainArtist - George Daniel, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Programming, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ross MacDonald, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matthew Healy, Producer, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Adam Hann, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jonathan Gilmore, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason McGee, Manager - Edward Lawson, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Vernon Burris, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Fallynn Oliver, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sharetta Morgan- Harmon, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Anika Weibe, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Cassandra Grigsby-Chism, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Monique Sullivan, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Nicole King- Morgan, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Crystal Butler, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Marquee Perkins, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Quishima Dixon, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Carisa Moore, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Derrick Evans, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2016 Dirty Hit

7
Please Be Naked
00:04:25

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Crossey, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The 1975, MainArtist - George Daniel, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ross MacDonald, ComposerLyricist - Matthew Healy, Producer, Piano, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Adam Hann, ComposerLyricist - John Waugh, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Gilmore, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Dirty Hit

8
Lostmyhead
00:05:19

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Crossey, Producer, Mixer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, String Arranger, Cello, Violin, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - The 1975, MainArtist - George Daniel, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Synthesizer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ross MacDonald, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matthew Healy, Producer, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Adam Hann, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jonathan Gilmore, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Dirty Hit

9
The Ballad Of Me And My Brain
00:02:51

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Crossey, Producer, Mixer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - The 1975, MainArtist - George Daniel, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Synthesizer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ross MacDonald, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matthew Healy, Producer, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Adam Hann, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jonathan Gilmore, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Dirty Hit

10
Somebody Else
00:05:47

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Crossey, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The 1975, MainArtist - George Daniel, Producer, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ross MacDonald, ComposerLyricist - Matthew Healy, Producer, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Adam Hann, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jonathan Gilmore, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Dirty Hit

11
Loving Someone
00:04:20

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Crossey, Producer, Mixer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - The 1975, MainArtist - George Daniel, Producer, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ross MacDonald, ComposerLyricist - Matthew Healy, Producer, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Adam Hann, ComposerLyricist - Jonathan Gilmore, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Dirty Hit

12
I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it
00:06:26

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Crossey, Producer, Mixer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - The 1975, MainArtist - George Daniel, Producer, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ross MacDonald, ComposerLyricist - Matthew Healy, Producer, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Adam Hann, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jonathan Gilmore, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Dirty Hit

13
The Sound
00:04:08

Crystal Lewis, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Crossey, Producer, Mixer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - James Connor, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - The 1975, MainArtist - George Daniel, Producer, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ross MacDonald, ComposerLyricist - Matthew Healy, Producer, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Adam Hann, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jonathan Gilmore, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - Jason McGee, Manager - Edward Lawson, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jamie Squire, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Vernon Burris, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Fallynn Oliver, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sharetta Morgan- Harmon, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Anika Weibe, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Cassandra Grigsby-Chism, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Monique Sullivan, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Nicole King- Morgan, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Crystal Butler, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Marquee Perkins, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Quishima Dixon, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Carisa Moore, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Derrick Evans, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2016 Dirty Hit

14
This Must Be My Dream
00:04:12

Crystal Lewis, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Crossey, Producer, Mixer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - James Connor, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - The 1975, MainArtist - George Daniel, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Synthesizer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ross MacDonald, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matthew Healy, Producer, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Adam Hann, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Waugh, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Gilmore, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - Jason McGee, Manager - Edward Lawson, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Vernon Burris, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Fallynn Oliver, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sharetta Morgan- Harmon, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Anika Weibe, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Cassandra Grigsby-Chism, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Monique Sullivan, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Nicole King- Morgan, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Crystal Butler, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Marquee Perkins, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Quishima Dixon, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Carisa Moore, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Derrick Evans, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2016 Dirty Hit

15
Paris
00:04:53

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Crossey, Producer, Mixer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - The 1975, MainArtist - George Daniel, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Synthesizer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ross MacDonald, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matthew Healy, Producer, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Adam Hann, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jonathan Gilmore, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Dirty Hit

16
Nana
00:03:58

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Crossey, Producer, Mixer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - The 1975, MainArtist - George Daniel, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Synthesizer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ross MacDonald, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matthew Healy, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Adam Hann, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jonathan Gilmore, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Dirty Hit

17
She Lays Down
00:03:58

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Crossey, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The 1975, MainArtist - George Daniel, Producer - Matthew Healy, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jonathan Gilmore, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Dirty Hit

Album Description

As well as having a mouthful of a title, the 1975's sophomore album, 2016's I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, is the kind of ambitious, self-indulgent album that either marks a grand misstep by a fledgling band, or the start of something big. Produced by Mike Crossey, I Like It When You Sleep finds the 1975 picking up on many of the stylistic threads running through their Crossey-helmed, self-titled 2013 debut: synthy new wave, kinetic dance-rock, and atmospheric balladry. The difference this time around is Crossey, and the band's pristine studio execution, marked by a distinctive '80s adult contemporary aesthetic. While bands like MGMT and Vampire Weekend have long mined the VH-1 vaults for stylistic inspiration, there's nothing mannered about the 1975's retro-leanings. Despite their name and their ear for '80s synthesizers, the British outfit sound much more flamboyant than their contemporaries. This is primarily due to the contributions of lead singer Matthew Healy, whose overly wordy lyrics and weird, playfully dark persona -- sort of like a sexual Fraggle -- can sometimes put listeners off the pop scent. As he sings on "The Sound," "It's not about reciprocation, it's just all about me/A sycophantic, prophetic, Socratic, junkie wannabe." In that sense, the 1975 are more in line with the swagger of artists like INXS, U2, or even Madonna for that matter, whose early hits clearly had an impact on the group's approach here. Cuts like "UGH!," and the cheeky, plastic funk single "Love Me," sound delightfully like something Madonna might have made in collaboration with Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers and art-pop duo Yello. Similarly, "The Sound" and the sparkling anthem "She's American," feature brightly infectious hooks that wouldn't be out of place on a Prince album. In fact, there's a palpable R&B inclination running through much of I Like It When You Sleep. It's a vibe that reaches an apex on the yearning, mid-album slow-jam, "If I Believe You," which also happens to feature a gorgeously rendered flügelhorn solo from jazz star and longtime D'Angelo collaborator Roy Hargrove. Elsewhere, in keeping with the overall '80s adult contemporary sound, tracks like the shimmeringly moody "Somebody Else" and the sweetly romantic "Paris," bring to mind Tango in the Night-era Fleetwood Mac. Admittedly, at 17 tracks, I Like It When You Sleep is long. And given the poetic, atmospheric nature of many of the songs, it's somewhat unwieldy in one sitting. Ultimately, however, it's that uncompromising mix of POP (in capitalize letters) and inventive, exploratory musicianship that help make it such a rewarding listen. As the title implies, it may take the 1975 a while to get to the point on I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, but when they do, the results are revelatory.
© Matt Collar /TiVo

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