I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It topped charts in most of the English-speaking world. An indecisive, stylistic rampage through a buffet of everything from Talking Heads, Duran Duran and D’Angelo to 10cc, Air and even Enya, all laced with Matt Healy’s heavily Morrissey- and Alex Turner–indebted smarty-pants wordplay, I Like It ... is an exercise in studied eccentricity (mostly) held together by sheer melodic instinct and perverse sonic intrigue — and glittering proof that the listening public aren’t half as dumb as music industry execs imagine. Also Thursday, April 27.
True to their name, The 1975 did something truly, terrifically retro last year, releasing a 17-song, 75-minute collection — a “double album,” in the old tongue — as only their second studio effort. Shunning long-held industry preconceptions about pop music (that it should be short, simple and inane), the ultra-ambitious