December 13, 2013

hmv Albums Of The Year…#6 The 1975 – The 1975
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

hmv Albums Of The Year…#6 The 1975 – The 1975

Over the last month, we've asked all our staff members to vote for their favourite albums of 2013 and they've responded in droves. Over 500 albums received votes, but, after every vote has been counted, we have our final tally. Today we reveal who's taken the #6 slot, it's The 1975 and their self-titled debut album…

Of all the success stories that occurred in 2013, very few felt like they truly came from nowhere, but Manchester quartet The 1975 certainly did.

At the start of 2013, in the annual fest of tipping the year's brightest hopes, they were nowhere, with no spot on the BBC's Sound Of… list and no place in most publications' tips for the year. But then, in late January, their single 'Chocolate' emerged and it felt like everything changed…

Eventually releasing their debut album in September, the band's sound, although clearly tipping its hat to classic 1980s pop and 1990s indie rock, stood apart completely from the icy synths and stripped back guitar rock that most of the year's newest arrivals were peddling. Their debut album, produced by Arctic Monkeys' collaborator Mike Crossley, is richly layered and very polished, with the zingy of the guitars all the better for it.

From start to finish this is a brilliant pop album, with so many catchy choruses and hooks crammed on to it. Every track sounds like a potential single, each as hummable and as much of an earworm as the one before.

This is an outstanding debut album. We can't wait to hear what this band does next.

Best Track: 'Girls'

You can download the record now from our download store.

Come back on Monday to find out what #5 is in hmv's Albums Of The Year…

The 1975
The 1975 The 1975
The 1975 - Girls

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