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A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships (album) by The 1975 

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A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships by The 1975 (2018)
Release date: 2018-11-30
Overall rank: 2,798th   Overall chart history
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Accolades: Top 20 albums of 2018 (16th)
Top albums of the 2010s (364th)
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A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships is ranked 2nd best out of 4 albums by The 1975 on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The 1975 is The 1975 which is ranked number 2426 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 846.

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From IgnacioJoaquin 02/10/2019 08:51
This album tackles a lot with more than mixed results.

The first half irreparably sinks and taints this record's chance of beign consider a masterpiece or "This generation's OK Computer" almost immediatly.
After the intro, any kind of mood is inexplicably destroyed by Give Yourself A Try, every trace of dignity and musicianship leaves completely with TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME and the album just gives up, comes to a halt and throws itself in the garbage.
Luckily, Love It If We Made It saves this trainwreck just in time, but it's quickly stopped by Be My Mistake (not an awful track, but mediocre nonetheless), which is then upstaged by Sincerity Is Scary, ending the first half on a soulful high note.
This is a symptom of a consistent problem with the album: it's inconsistency. We jump from great to awful in less than five minutes, and it's not only jarring, but kinda weird, I mean, how can the flow be this fragile? How can the quality be all over the place like this, three albums in? It's almost as distracting as the fact that someone thought that America Likes Me should be on the album at all.

All this mess is accentuated more by the fact that most tracks in the second half* put a lot more effort and nuance into their theming and aesthetic trappings regarding their portrayal of present day politics, paranoia, discontent, love & loss dichotomies and the glamorization of depression, etc.

*Except for I Like America and The Man Who Married A Robot, which are awful, surface level dumpster fires and, are two of the worst songs on the entire band's catalogue.

Not only the lyrics of the final stretch of the album are an improvement over the first half, but also the songwriting and the cohesion of the music, especially on songs like I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes), Mine or It's Not Living (If It's Not With You).
The grooves are tighter, the strings are lusher and darker, the production is more colorful, vibrant, triumphant and anthemic, the lyrics are more poignant, the performances are livelier and actually introspective, even blissful and the emotions are way more genuine, unadulterated and heartfelt.

This album is ultimately, a touching experience unlike any other, that only this band could provide at this time and place, one that I still come back to and enjoy to a degree.
I just think that this album could've benefitted from more focus on the artistic side it was trying to present, rather than preserving the band's pop appeal.

Fave tracks: Love It If We Made It, I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes), Sincerity Is Scary, It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)

Least fave tracks: I Like America & America Likes Me, Give Yourself A Try, TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME, The Man Who Married A Robot/ Love Theme
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From Brad1770 01/11/2019 11:33
The 1975's 3rd album 'A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships ' is quite simply a stunning album and clearly one of 2018's best albums.

The album is a perfect commentary on the condition of the always online connected millennial and their struggles. For proof look no further than this line from "Give Yourself a Try"

'I was 25 and afraid to go outside / a millennial that baby-boomers like'

This line resonated so strongly with me as my eldest daughter is a 19 yo millennial and she is literally afraid to go outside as her life is lived vicariously staring at a screen

Any commentary that this is anything other than a great album is straight up wrong , it has so many great tracks: the pillar track "Give Youself a Try" , the beautiful acoustics of " Be My Mistake" , the dripping sarcasm and online commentary of "The Man Who Married a Robot" , the absolutely beautiful strings of "Inside Your Mind" , the smokey piano bar ballad "Mine" to jaw dropping closer "I always Wanna Die" . No , this is a cracking release

This album is part A in a 2 part release with part B 'Notes on a Conditional Form' arriving in 2019 , we wait with bated breath for its arrival

This is what music should sound like in 2018 - well produced , smart , sassy , angry, confused , love lorn and varied like a mixed tape

Brilliant
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From lylecatcliffe 01/05/2019 21:27
I dismissed this band after their awful first album singles, but the sheer overbearing fawning of the music press surrounding the build up to this, their third LP, made me turn an ear. I was delighted with what I heard, ready to give any artist a second chance.

While I still find their "// A E S T H E T I C \\" cloying, there are so many fine ideas and the whole thing sounds lovely (apart from the Robot one).

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From LebowskiRams 12/29/2018 00:29
There are some FANTASTIC songs and some baaad ones
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From luigybetis 12/27/2018 19:45
This album is too good to be true. Quite fresh, varied and beautiful melodies in here. 9+/10.
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From poppmusic 12/13/2018 07:23
It's not pop, it's not art music, it's somewhere in between. Seriously, whatever happened to albums like this? A wonderful set of diverse songs. Some are cutting edge turning autotune into impassioned statements of purpose ("TOOTIME", "I Like America"), others carry as raw of human emotion as you can get ("Be My Mistake", "Mine"). Thematically it carries the sense that there is something wrong with the times, as I think literally all of us feel, but fuels that disappointment into hope, which is really all we can hope for music to do to us. I can't say how re-energized I feel from hearing this, from the opening driving festival punk of "Give Yourself A Try" to the orchestral grandeur of "I Always Want to Die, Sometimes". Easily my pick for AOTY.
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From JulianR 12/08/2018 20:41
Interesting stuff. There are some great songs here. It's Not Living (If It's Not With You) is a contender for song of the year in, to my ears. Other than the Fitter Happier remix that is "The Man That Fell In Love With A Robot", there are no obvious clunkers here. And there is even some interesting more experimental stuff, like How To Draw/Petrichor, which reminds me half of Bon Iver's "22, A Million" (a personal favorite) and half of some interesting 90's breakbeat, layered with their typical synth pop.

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From mjp11 12/06/2018 19:01
Started out kind of indifferent. Liked the first few songs but didn't understand what the hype was about. By the end though I was completely won over. I wouldn't compare it to OK Computer, I mean the track 'The Man Who Married A Robot / Love Theme' is similar to 'Fitter Happier' and I guess the concept of the album is too but the sound is completely different.

Stand out tracks for me are 'Always Want to Die (Sometimes)', 'Love it if We Made it', and 'Sincerity is Scary'.
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From unger19 12/04/2018 00:07
This album has so many traits that I generally dislike in music including autotune, an acoustic guitar and vocals played by some teenage heartthrob, pop hooks at the expense of authenticity, and OK Computer comparisons. That being said, this is one of my favorite albums of the year. The songwriting, lyrics, and delivery is superb, even if certain tracks are overproduced. Love It If We Made It may be my favorite track of the year, gotta give credit where it's due
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