A Brief Overview of "A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships"

Recently, The 1975 released their third album, titled A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, so here's a breakdown of each song.

The 1975

Each of the 1975's albums starts with this classic bop, and this album creates a fresh new spin to the song. With the same lyrics, but a different arrangement of sounds, it creates something unique to the feel of this album.

Give Yourself A Try

This track feels just like their first album, with the guitar riff in the beginning. This song observes the past and present, talking about low and high points in their careers and lives and how they are moving forward.


This song feels like a mix of 90s pop and disco combined. The lyrics imply that someone is in the middle of a one sided conversation or argument.

How To Draw/ Petrichor

This song is mostly instrumental, mixing in typical instruments of that of a rock band (guitar, bass, drums, etc.), but also playing with syntehsizers and an electronic soundboard to make this an electronic masterpiece. The use of autotune is supposed to represent the lead singer's voice as an instrument.

Love It If We Made It 

The lead singer of this song explained that he added lyrics this when he got upset at the world, whether it be with politics or something else. With lyrics like "thank you Kanye, very cool" and "poison me daddy", this may be one of the most iconic songs of the year.

Be My Mistake

The 1975 decided to take a step back and slow it down with this track, talking of how one of them cheated acting as a "mistake", but it could also be about drug abuse and how they kept using it despite what their significant other said or thought.

Sincerity Is Scary

This track discusses being in a relationship where it's not fun or sincere anymore, you end up fighting all of the time and are no longer considered "friends", you're just stuck.

I Like America & America Likes Me

This song is very important to the album, as it talks about gun control in America. The first line is "I'm scared of dying," trying to send a message to people about gun control policies.

The Man Who Married A Robot/ Love Theme

The first time I heard this song I was rather confused. The song is just a piano in the background, with somebody just talking over it. But once you really listen to the lyrics, this song is basically talking about a man who fell in love with the internet and forgot how to love and interact with real people, which seems to be an issue that people face today.

Inside Your Mind

This song also brings me back to their first album days; basically the singer wants to look inside their lover's mind to figure out what they are thinking, since they are not always clear.

It's Not Living (If It's Not With You) 

Matty Healy, the lead singer, describes this song as being about his addiction to heroin, which he has mostly overcome as he has been sober for the past few months.

Surrounded By Heads And Bodies

This song I didn't quite understand what it mean the first time I heard it, and I still don't quite understand it. They talk of some girl named Angela, and how "they see her in their sleep."


Before in the album, songs like "TOOTIME" and "Sincerity is Scary" talk about unhealthy relationships, but this song talks about a healthy relationship, where he knows that the girl is "mine".

I Couldn't Be More In Love

This song is talking about how he is in love with a girl, but she said that she had enough. He just has to live with those feelings, despite her leaving him, even though he "couldn't be more in love" with her.

I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes) 

This song is basically talking about the highs and lows in life, I don't quite understand this song in its entirety either.

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