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The 1975 are actually obsessed with the following decade, laying down super-smooth 1980s funk licks in “Settle Down”, channelling Peter Gabriel on “Talk!” and defying the taste police with the Phil Collins tribute “Pressure”, complete with moody sax solo.
It’s a risky act of cultural retrieval from the hyped Manchester quartet but the end result has a glossy, catchy charm. It also ranks as a slick act of generational rebellion against their home city’s 1980s tedious Smiths/New Order/Stone Roses canonising. “Where’s the fun in doing what you’re told?” vocalist Matthew Healey sings as middle-aged Mancunian indie fans splutter into their pints.
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