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The 1975 - Being Funny In A Foreign Language (Album Review)

Wednesday, 19 October 2022 Written by Rebecca Llewellyn

Arriving at the crest of their fifth album’s wave, The 1975 can reflect on a spellbinding, sometimes confrontational, time in the spotlight. On ‘Being Funny In A Foreign Language’ we can feel the band stride into a more mature sound, comfortable with those experimental edges from prior releases, but headstrong when it comes to making music that ticks the right boxes.

Through layers of stripped back chords, frantic piano keys and confessional lyrics, Matty Healy sets out his stall early. On the opening track, which will forever be titled The 1975 on their LPs, he professes: “I’m sorry about my 20s, I was learning the ropes. I had a tendency of thinking about it after I spoke.” 

It is refreshing to be greeted by an album that isn’t trying too hard, or charging heavily into a new genre, like 2020’s at times off-the-wall ‘Notes on a Conditional Form’. Instead, The 1975 are themselves at their very best.

Cue the happy-go-lucky hum of Happiness, contrasting to the strangely refined eloquence of Part of the Band. Healy’s measured, salty and satirical lyrics never fail to delight and intrigue listeners in the same breath. 

‘Being Funny In A Foreign Language’ is a fabulous addition to a diverse discography, yet instead of feeling new it instead reflects the familiarity of returning home and taking a moment to relish tongue-in-cheek remarks and toe-tapping melodies. It’s The 1975 simply being The 1975. 

The 1975 Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows:

Sun January 08 2023 - BRIGHTON Centre
Mon January 09 2023 - BOURNEMOUTH BIC
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Thu January 12 2023 - LONDON O2
Fri January 13 2023 - LONDON O2 Arena
Sun January 15 2023 - BIRMINGHAM Resorts World Arena
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Tue January 17 2023 - CARDIFF CIA
Thu January 19 2023 - GLASGOW OVO Hydro
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Mon January 23 2023 - LEEDS first direct Arena
Wed January 25 2023 - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Utilita Arena
Thu January 26 2023 - LIVERPOOL M&S Bank Arena
Sun January 29 2023 - DUBLIN 3Arena
Mon January 30 2023 - BELFAST SSE Arena Belfast

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