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The 1975 - A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships (2018) Published: November 30/18 Released: November 30/18 albumAlternative15 Tracks • 58 Minutes
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    SELECTED LINE: ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ is a game-changing album, one that challenges The 1975’s peers – if, indeed, there are any – to raise their game. -New Musical Express (NME)
    A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships is the third studio album by English rock band The 1975, released by Dirty Hit from Polydor Records and Interscope Records on November 3 ... More
    Preview
    1. The 19751:34
    2. Give Yourself a Try3:16
    3. TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME3:27
    4. How To Draw / Petrichor5:49
    5. Love It If We Made It4:12
    6. Be My Mistake4:16
    7. Sincerity Is Scary3:45
    8. I Like America & America Likes Me3:26
    9. The Man Who Married a Robot / Love Theme3:33
    10. Inside Your Mind3:50
    11. It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)4:08
    12. Surrounded by Heads and Bodies3:56
    13. Mine4:06
    14. I Couldn't Be More in Love3:51
    15. I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes)5:14
℗ 2018 Dirty Hit, under exclusive licence to Polydor Records and Interscope Records
Critic Reviews (91)

An exceptional record produced by a band who are stretching the limits of what a band, pop or otherwise, can achieve.

4 months ago

Brightonsfinest Brightonsfinest

A Brief Inquiry is probably the most excessive major league album since Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories.

80% 4 months ago

godisinthetv godisinthetv

What the 1975s are doing is a fair leap forward in what could be the best record of their career.

90% 4 months ago

Rolling Stone Italia Rolling Stone Italia

The 1975’s most adventurous album.

80% 4 months ago

clevelanddotcom clevelanddotcom

That Marmite mish-mash continues.

60% 4 months ago

Shropshire Star Shropshire Star

There’s much to admire about A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships.

80% 8 months ago

Slant Magazine Slant Magazine

It’s slick and modern pop zeitgeist-y, with wipe clean surfaces, and all not terribly memorable.

40% 8 months ago

The Wee Review The Wee Review

It may feel more like a Healy solo album, but The 1975 manage to cover new ground, and hold your attention for a full 58 minutes.

80% 8 months ago

SCMP Young Post SCMP Young Post

It will serve as a time capsule of a troubled and technological era, but will never be a relic – this is an album that will be looked to as a touchstone for artistic talent.

100% 8 months ago

Louder Than War Louder Than War

It is absolutely their weakest project to date and one that I'd even struggle to see the less diehard fans embracing.

50% 8 months ago

Spectrum Pulse (CA) Spectrum Pulse (CA)

In bittersweet danceable catchy tunes, The Humanity, lost in 1975, packs it so that you could almost lose yourself in it. This album would be nice if the truth were not so sad.

76% 8 months ago

Album der Woche Album der Woche

You notice that The 1975 is going somewhere with "A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships", but does not really understand where to go.

50% 8 months ago

Plattentests.de Plattentests.de

The best of the '80s,' 90s and '0s - it rarely sounded as appealing as here.

8 months ago

Mittelbayerische Mittelbayerische

There are those who will celebrate the artistic ambition and wonder at the genius of such a diverse and challenging record and there are those who will simply wonder whether or not the band has completely jumped the shark.

60% 8 months ago

SpectrumCulture SpectrumCulture

If you haven’t yet listened to A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, though, you’re missing out on a beautifully produced album.

8 months ago

Soundigest Soundigest

Their anthological third album ushers in a daring direction for their musical modus operandi, offering their usual, sonic eclecticism with a recipe of added edginess, zeitgeist-y lyricism, millennial nostalgia, a dash of pop formula and a pinch of unnerving Siri monologue.

8 months ago

SLUGMag SLUGMag

Though A Brief Inquiry is just as dizzying and disorienting as 2016’s heroically omnivorous i love it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it, the 1975 take themselves a little more seriously now.

8 months ago


A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships plays like an album made by kids who experienced the potential of the internet as it was being realized.

8 months ago

PassTheAux PassTheAux

Covering the topic of relationships in this new age of technology and our modern age, the album transcends our time.

8 months ago

Odyssey Odyssey

A bold and endearing collection of tracks that offers a bigger arena ready sound that compliments their massive upcoming world tour.

8 months ago

Thomas Bleach Thomas Bleach

While there are a couple glitches it’s still a hauntingly beautiful honest and raw album.

70% 8 months ago

The Weekly Spoon The Weekly Spoon

A sprawling, thoughtful LP that grapples with the big issues of our time in cheeky and mournful ways, it’s a poison-pen love letter to the interiority forced upon its audience by social media, piercing through the flatly punctuation-mark-free affect that dominates online chatter with brute-force musical curiosity and a well-placed gospel choir or two.

70% 8 months ago


It’s a picture-perfect depiction, a mammoth snapshot of what it’s like to be young and living in 2018.

8 months ago

Silver Tiger Media Silver Tiger Media

If you hated The 1975, this album will teach you to love them, or at least like them.

85% 8 months ago

X-Press Magazine (AU) X-Press Magazine (AU)

A Letter Inquiry Into Online Relationships is really good. Brilliant even, since this is a commercial pop album that will fill many concert halls with hysterical teenage girls.

8 months ago

OOR OOR

We appreciate that they want to take a different approach and want to stand out in this full music world, but the whole must be more than the sum of the parts.

50% 8 months ago

Dansende Beren Dansende Beren

Not a perfect final big release of 2018, but still well worth a listen.

8 months ago

The Edge The Edge

A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships is a considered, ambitious album from a band who are constantly pushing themselves.

100% 8 months ago

The Skinny The Skinny

'A brief inquiry into online relationships' contains susceptible concepts, good songs, is eclectic, but above all sincere.

8 months ago

Indiestyle Indiestyle

The result is the genre-defying, grandiose statement Healy promised it would be.

90% 8 months ago

Stereoboard (UK) Stereoboard (UK)

For a band that started out deeply entrenched in a singular style that had the benefit of evoking nostalgia for accessibility, it is commendable to see The 1975 travel forward and try out more new things with each record.

70% 8 months ago

Ultimate Guitar Ultimate Guitar

An often thrilling, but occasionally tiresome listen.

60% 8 months ago

theartsdesk.com theartsdesk.com

The 1975 still shows they’re more than able to make great pop music in big and small ways.

70% 8 months ago

The Young Folks The Young Folks

Oversharing or not, The 1975 tunes into its internal dialogue and looks outward all at once, filling in the seemingly isolating moments of these volatile times.

8 months ago

RIFF Magazine RIFF Magazine

Looking past all the hyperbole and over-excitement, this is a good album, though bogged down with a lack of consideration to make it a great one.

70% 8 months ago

The Soundboard The Soundboard

Overall, it’s not as gleeful as their last one, but melodic light relief abounds, as on the Belinda Carlisle outtake that is It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You).

80% 8 months ago

The Observer (UK) The Observer (UK) (TOP)

It's far-reaching in scope but it's also conceptually uniform, a beautiful mess of an album from a band who is inching their way towards the imperial phase of their career.

70% 8 months ago

No Ripcord No Ripcord

The 1975 are without doubt the band of the moment.

90% 8 months ago

DEAD PRESS! DEAD PRESS!

It may not have the full-on bangers of their last two full-lengths, but 'A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships' still sits as a bold and vibrant collection of pop-based singles.

80% 8 months ago

MYSTIC SONS MYSTIC SONS

A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships is an album that reflects on the modern day issues of technology, drugs, politics and relationships with a beating millennial heart that is honest and hopeful for the future.

80% 8 months ago

XS NOIZE XS NOIZE

With 'A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships', The 1975 have proved their mettle as the flagbearers of experimental pop yet again.

100% 8 months ago

Meaww Meaww

With such flawless execution, The 1975 have captured the zeitgeist of this particular era of popular music, as A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships will be seen as this decade’s defining record, cementing The 1975 as the most important band of our time.

8 months ago

chorus.fm chorus.fm

It’s a batch of quality pop songs – nothing more, nothing less.

76% 8 months ago

Sputnikmusic Sputnikmusic

A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships feels urgent and present in all of the places The 1975's previous projects felt reminiscent.

95% 8 months ago

EARMILK EARMILK

A Brief Inquiry is not without its flaws but it’s never boring.

80% 8 months ago

Evening Standard Evening Standard

A Brief Inquiry’s overall feel is measured and introspective.

8 months ago


"A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships" is THE album of the decade.

100% 8 months ago

lautde lautde

Taken as a whole, the album is often as disparate and difficult to wade through as the social-media landscape it hopes to comment on.

60% 8 months ago

AllMusic AllMusic

There’s a scene in 30 Rock where Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) is trying to write a Grammy-cinching song, combining the world’s most popular genres into one headache of a song. Stretch that song into an album and you have The 1975’s A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships. There is so much good here, but there’s also just so. much.

73% 8 months ago

Paste Magazine Paste Magazine

Its music goes from characteristically bright 1980s pop-rock to jazzy R&B and Radiohead-style modern rock, an eclectic soundscape that fits together coherently.

80% 8 months ago

Financial Times Financial Times (TOP)

It makes no sense as a coherent record, and the first half is considerably stronger, but the 1975 are just living in 2018.

60% 8 months ago

The Sydney Morning Herald The Sydney Morning Herald (TOP)

In the end, you think: The 1975 is always best if you do not make it so complicated.

50% 8 months ago

Musikexpress Musikexpress

The Manchester band's latest creation, the lofty A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, [is] all the more striking.

8 months ago

The Sydney Morning Herald The Sydney Morning Herald (TOP)

Some tracks are more immediate, others will take a few listens to really enjoy to their fullest, but there's lots for fans to enjoy here and the boys deserve credit for being bold enough to push into new territory in a way that shouldn't alienate those who fell in love with their first two albums.

8 months ago

hmv hmv

A tone of urgent honesty pulses through the album, a visceral need to connect that shatters the production's glittering surfaces, breaking through with emotional weight on the warped synth ballad Inside Your Mind and the dreamily epic final track, I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes).

100% 8 months ago

The Telegraph (UK) The Telegraph (UK) (TOP)

The first band to capture the millennial experience on a dense album that, after repeated listens, reveals itself to have a kind of clouded brilliance.

100% 8 months ago

The Times of London The Times of London (TOP)

Healy’s heart-on-sleeve approach to songwriting makes this album an immediately relatable listen, and is proof that The 1975 are a band we should all be taking seriously.

8 months ago

STACK STACK

The 1975 manages to make all its ambitious pieces fit together.

88% 8 months ago

Newsday Newsday

A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships is a record that doesn’t hold back. It covers a massive range of themes and ideas, politics and religions, drug habits and the internet—and while it’s a lot to take in, The 1975 somehow make it work.

80% 8 months ago

idobi Radio idobi Radio

The first of two albums recorded in tandem (“Notes on a Conditional Form” arrives next year), “Brief Inquiry” contains enough lyrical concepts and genre experiments to fill at least four; it’s the band’s most fearless disc, equally informed by Healy’s decision to kick heroin last fall and his newfound determination to blow the 1975’s very soul out across the interwebs.

90% 8 months ago


Yet more than ever before the 1975 prove themselves masters of the form.

80% 8 months ago

Exclaim Exclaim

Brief Inquiry is charmingly flawed, as memorable albums often are, but the strengths outweigh the weaknesses.

8 months ago

BrooklynVegan BrooklynVegan

Undoubtedly the finest rock album of the year made by a bunch of guys who sound positively sick of rock music (and there’s been a few of those this year), A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships is The 1975 at their most broadly appealing and their most daring.

8 months ago

UPROXX UPROXX

Brief Inquiry is a vivid and panoramic record about what it means to be alive right now, in all its terror and glory.

8 months ago

The Ringer The Ringer

It veers wildly among mechanized garage rock, ’80s-era soft pop, atmospheric dance music and lush acoustic balladry; one song strongly recalls Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” while another looks back to the Great American Songbook.

8 months ago

Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times (TOP)

All songs on the album are nice on first listen and I’m sure anyone with ears could appreciate the precision and thought that has gone in to each song. Saying this though, I don’t think any song has the timeless beauty The 1975 have been striving to achieve since their debut album five years ago.

70% 8 months ago

the AU review (AU) the AU review (AU)

A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships isn’t perfect. It isn’t the best album released this year, and it doesn’t have any of the best songs released this year on it. But what it does have is scope, vision and scale, together with power, texture and atmosphere. It has a daft title, and a few daft songs with hammy lyrics. It has variety, diversity and its heart on its sleeve. It has pretence, artifice and ambition. It has, basically, everything.

100% 8 months ago

musicOMH.com musicOMH.com

It’s a treatise on what social media and internet omnipresence mean to a generation of young people who can still remember what it was like not to have it, even if they were only kids at the time.

80% 8 months ago

Drowned In Sound Drowned In Sound

A Brief Inquiry is not the unqualified triumph the 1975 had in mind. It’s stronger and punchier than its predecessor, but has moments where the group overreach.

80% 8 months ago


The British band’s outrageous and eclectic third album attests to the worth of putting in an honest effort in the face of near-constant gloom.

85% 8 months ago


An album whose main aim is to be sincere and without a doubt, it succeeds.

8 months ago

British GQ British GQ

[It] sounds entertaining, varied and in places phenomenal!

100% 8 months ago

VOLUME.at VOLUME.at

The English band the 1975, practitioners of some of the smoothest electropop in recent memory, have delivered another gem with “A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships,” the group’s third full-length album that serves as a heart-wrenching roadmap for modern relationships teeming with tumult.

8 months ago

The Associated Press The Associated Press (TOP)

The 1975 have aimed for the stars on A Brief Inquiry.. and while it’s not without flaws, their ambition is mostly achieved.

80% 8 months ago

Newcastle Herald (AU) Newcastle Herald (AU)

On their third and best album, A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, The 1975 have created what so many post-Radiohead bands couldn’t: a coherent pop statement with enough hope, radical honesty and genre-spanning breadth to make sense across divided generations.

80% 8 months ago

The Independent (UK) The Independent (UK) (TOP)

A pop album that suggests some growth and depth.

60% 8 months ago

humo (BE) humo (BE)

For all its glimpses of brilliance, ABIIOR is also a wild ride through the mind of Matt Healy, a genre defying rock star for his generation of millennials.

80% 8 months ago

Indie is not a genre Indie is not a genre

In both their glib observations or their resonant couplets, the 1975 here come across like poet laureates for a lost and scrambled generation.

8 months ago

Stereogum Stereogum

A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships is unwieldy, provocative, absorbing and uncontainable.

8 months ago

The Times of London The Times of London (TOP)

By interrogating the strategies we employ to keep on living in an impossible world, this astonishing album has become one.

90% 8 months ago

The Line of Best Fit The Line of Best Fit

The 1975 don’t presume to have all the answers, but their sincerity and vulnerability make for a tremendous record that speaks to the state we live in. It’s their best work yet.

91% 8 months ago

Consequence of Sound Consequence of Sound

A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships is something else entirely: a meditation on how easy it is loses your sense of yourself in a world of ceaseless distractions and where our heightened, online identities increasingly bleed into our true selves.

80% 8 months ago

Irish Examiner (IE) Irish Examiner (IE)

A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships is a pained reflection of troubling and lonely times but through expressing their own isolation, they may have switched on a light for many others.

80% 8 months ago

The Irish Times The Irish Times (TOP)

The flashes of light that the disc possesses remind us of why we cling to life: hope.

95% 8 months ago

SoundOfBrit (FR) SoundOfBrit (FR)

Largely speaking, it’s fair to say that 'A Brief Enquiry Into Online Relationships' has been a success ... Nonetheless, it’s hard to ignore its shortcomings, and it is all too easy to rue what might have been, as there are moments of brilliance here that are too often cut short by an unnecessary lull in artistic reinvention.

70% 8 months ago

Clash Music Clash Music

It isn’t just a great album - it’s a generation-defining masterpiece.

100% 8 months ago

Dork Dork

A Brief Inquiry is a record of substance that manages to both poke fun at and be a product of its time.

85% 8 months ago

The 405 The 405

An album that’s comprehensive in its voice, brutally honest, and musically broad.

100% 8 months ago

DIY Magazine DIY Magazine

It's not tidy, but fittingly for such unabashed pop maximalists, there's a lot to love here. [Jan 2019, p.84]

80% 8 months ago

Mojo Mojo

A Brief Inquiry... feel not just hugely entertaining and moving, but necessary. [Jan 2019, p.104]

100% 8 months ago

Q Magazine Q Magazine

Clever and profound, funny and light, serious and heartbreaking, painfully modern and classic-sounding all at the same time, ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ is a game-changing album, one that challenges The 1975’s peers – if, indeed, there are any – to raise their game.

100% 8 months ago

New Musical Express (NME) New Musical Express (NME) (TOP)
User Reviews (5)

Steepheeennn11 months ago
No doubt 🙏🏼 The dudes always pull thru 🤘🏼

Bella Cullen 12459 months ago
😊😊😊 A poetic look into the internet and how it can corrupt but also found beautiful relationships though it! The 1975 always does well in telling a story no one else has thought of! They can create the perfect dreamland.

Ny.Springss9 months ago
cannot wait!! this album is already iconic … they have a new sound to them and i’m already loving it. i love the 1975

oMrPiBB11 months ago
Stan I’ve been a fan of the 1975 since 2008 and they are always changing and making music for every genre. That’s what makes them so lovable by everyone. There is a song for everybody. These singles give me 100% faith in them to release even greater songs this November.

bzerked8 months ago
How can you not like this? I’m an old fart that was in high school in 1975 lol I love the 1975! Agree with all the comments about how they are continuously changing their sound ! Amazing!
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