The 1975 are one of the biggest bands in the world. To date they have release 3 huge albums and stolen the hearts of the masses with their insightful lyrics, playful melodies and ability to write a perfect anthem. All that changes with the 22 song long Notes On A Conditional Form.
Having reached the stage in the career where they can simply sell records by just announcing to their huge audience that a new one is on the way, they have pushed out an album that lacks the cohesion of their earlier work and seems to have a mish mash of the profound and idiotic in terms lyrical content.
Having been delayed several times ahead of its release, a little bit stricter editorial would have left them with a decent 12 track album, albeit one that isn't quite as great as their earlier releases.
In all fairness, the warning signs were loud and clear. The album was headed up by the noisy People, which tried to say a lot but didn't really. It could really have just been a metaphor for what was to come.
Rather than simply focus on the negative though, there are some positives. Don't Worry is gorgeously spacey, Me and You Together Song is an all out anthem and The End (Music For Cars) is impressive.
Let's hope Notes On A Conditional Form is just a creative blip and album number 5 marks a return to glory.