Limited Import Edition -
I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It is the second studio album by English rock band The 1975, released on 26 February 2016 through Dirty Hit and Polydor.
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 fl?gelhorn 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
- Genre: Rock
- Format: Vinyl
|A4||Change Of Heart||4:43|
|B1||If I Believe You||6:20|
|B2||Please Be Naked||4:25|
|B4||The Ballad Of Me And My Brain||2:51|
|C3||I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It||6:26|
|D1||This Must Be My Dream||4:12|
|D4||She Lays Down|