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THE 1975 Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America (feat. Phoebe Bridgers) gets 5/10


The 1975 feat. Phoebe Bridgers
Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless
America
Dirty Hit/Sony

5/10

While they have a few acoustic tracks on the back end of albums, it’s not something The 1975 are known for, and for good reason. Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America seems a little cheesy, especially with lyrics like “so if we turn into a tree, can I be the leaves?” In fact, Matty Healy has a habit of ruining otherwise lovely acoustic songs with cringe-worthy lines, as seen on 2018’s Be My Mistake.

On the record, the band mix signature moves, such as the long song title, horns and statements about Jesus and religion, with new styles, such as actually claiming to love Jesus rather than questioning his existence, some folky guitar and a feature from Phoebe Bridgers, which could have been a match made in heaven if the songwriting was a little better. Her voice and Healy’s harmonise perfectly, and this really is the best part of the song. It would be great to see them work on something a little better together.

Although already loved amongst fans, this isn’t the greatest single from upcoming album Notes On A Conditional Form (out May 22) that we have gotten so far.

KIERRA POLLOCK

 

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