The Journal Gazette
Friday, May 22, 2020 1:00 am

Music review

Full of strong efforts

MARK KENNEDY | Associated Press

'Notes on a Conditional Form' The 1975

Do you have time on your hands? Of course you do. Then there's no excuse but to dive into the hefty new 22-track collection from The 1975. Each time you think you've found the best song, another comes along.

The British quartet's “Notes on a Conditional Form” is a typically ambitious fizzy affair. It's not too far from their last collection – 2018's “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships” – with familiar touches, like dubstep, orchestral sweeps, earnest ballads, a random sax solo and even a song about America. But the new album is far stronger.

As always, frontman and lyricist Matty Healy alternates between being utterly sincere and sarcastic.

On the superb, gospel-tinged “Nothing Revealed/Everything Denied,” Healy messes with his fans, admitting he was lying when he said he once made love in a car, thereby undermining the band's totemic “Love It If We Made It” from the last album.

He can lie to us however he wants as long as there is music like this.

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