Review: The 1975 – ‘Somebody Else’


It's a more chilled vibe from the 1975 - but it's just a bit long.

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The last single to be released before the 1975 realise their new album (entitled I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, which will surely win longest album title of 2016) is ‘Somebody Else’. It’s a chilled vibe, quite separate from the pop-like vocals of ‘The Sound’, and a track that allows the vocals of lead singer Matthew Healy to excel. In fact, I really like everything about it – for about 3 minutes.

It’s a very long song, and very repetitive. The majority of the lines in the song end with “somebody else”, which is successful in communicating that the singer isn’t a fan of the idea of his woman with anyone other than him; but after 5 minutes and 48 seconds of this on pretty much one big loop, I’m bored. I do like the bridge, which breaks the repetition of the rest of the song (“F*ck that / Get Money!”) but even that is repeated four times. ‘Somebody Else’ would be far more impressive if it was simply shortened, cutting out the unnecessary repetitions.

‘Somebody Else’ lacks the ‘pizazz’ of The 1975’s most successful hits (‘The Sound’, ‘Chocolate’, etc.), though it does mark a change from their normal style, surely adding some needed variety to their upcoming album. I’m sure I’m not alone in my excitement to see I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It when it arrives later this week.

‘Somebody Else’ is out now via Dirty Hit.


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Editor of The Edge 2017-18. Culture Editor before that. Sporadic writer for the Wessex Scene, DJ on Surge, known photobomber of SUSUtv's videos. Bad habits include Netflix, not doing my work and drinking too much tea.

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