Happy Tuesday! It has been quite the week, hasn’t it?
Among the many newsworthy stories over the past week, one that stood out in the music community was the death of singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen, who passed away this past Thursday at the age of 82. I’d unknowingly included a cover of his song “Is This What You Wanted” by The Last Shadow Puppets in last Tuesday’s Jukebox, and no more than two days later, the song’s original writer had passed.
So, while I don’t have much knowledge of Cohen, I’ve included his early hit, “Suzanne,” as the Jukebox’s leading track this week.
Alongside Cohen are 19 more tracks by the likes of The Smiths, Childish Gambino, The 1975, and Glass Animals.
I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It. The poignant, yet slightly pretentious title of The 1975’s sophomore album describes a love for something that can be seen as so ordinary, which may be the theme of the record. After releasing their eponymous début record in 2013, the band has returned bolder than ever, this time with a strong influence from 80s rock bands. While the album has dazzling moments, it also comes with some that don’t have as much glitz.
The album kicks off with a self-titled track, “The 1975,” an album intro that is almost identical to the opening track of the same name on their previous effort. The track allows for a continuation of sorts for the band, showing that they’re still going to flirt with their previous sound.
“Love Me,” the album’s first single, is next. The song is brash and funky, driven by a somewhat irritating guitar riff. It’s a great way to discuss the band’s rise to fame, as the song basically turns the idea of a celebrity on its head. The album progresses into a more updated take on nostalgic rock, with tracks “She’s American” and the grooving “This Must Be My Dream” showing that the band is able to infuse the alternative sensibilities of their previous record into the pop dwellings of I Like It When You Sleep.
After a week off, the Jukebox returns for another exciting installment!
Featuring 20 songs that are sure to have you singing along, this week’s playlist highlights The 1975 and their new album “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It” (what a title, by the way), as Jake will have a review of it that will go up tomorrow. Be sure to come back and give that a read tomorrow!
Other artists this week include Everything Everything, HEALTH, and Gwen Stefani.