Track Reviews

2:52 From Happiness | ‘People’ by The 1975 [Song Review]


Okay, so this is happening.

Not only have I had to wait while Matty Healy said there would be new music and then get disappointed when it got pushed, but I had to endure that countdown on their website for 3 whole days. And now the wait is over and *curse words* what a track!

I’ll just leave it here for those who want to listen to it:

Note that this video has images that can trigger seizures. Also there is explicit language.

If you’ve read any of my other posts on music than you are aware that I like punk music. I’m always looking for new music that fits into that genre… but I was expecting something slightly different from The 1975–to put it mildly.

I was slightly confused when I saw the thumbnail for this video and my first thought was, “is that Matty?” Then the screechy guitars came in with the pounding drums and I was instantly at attention. This was not going to be another Sincerity is Scary. And then Matty started screaming.

Look, I loved that last album. I’m all for synth-pop and smooth grooves. And while I enjoy Give Yourself a Try, probably more so than some other people, it didn’t get me very hyped for the eventual full-length album.

But this… I will be staying up as late as I have to in order to listen to this album the moment it comes out. I’m not going to make any grand claims about the quality of this song because I want to sit on it for a bit (let the adrenaline calm down) before I make a decision about how I feel about this song–especially in relation to their other work. But I’m all kinds of hyped, which is what a lead single is meant to do.

This is definitely going to be a dividing track for their fan-base. If the rest of the album fits with this track–and please, please have the rest of the album sound like this!–than that divide will be substantial. However, they’ve always been a band that shook up their sound and make the music that they enjoy regardless of what others might think.

The people are shook. Now make them listen.

By Sarah Carswell

After spending 5 years studying language and writing, Sarah spends most of her time thinking critically about popular works of fiction, and after a lifetime love of music they have made themselves a place where they can analyze music and interview musicians. To learn about their struggle with learning to read and write please check out the About page. You can send a message to Sarah by going to the contact page and sending an email with your feedback and suggestions for new content.

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