I would never call myself a Directioner, because I never want to be categorized with that kind of fandom. But I can’t shy away from the fact that I liked the first two One Direction albums and their album Four. I was actually excited to see that all of the boy were going in their own direction (ha), especially Harry and Liam because they’re my favourite. That’s my only 1D fan talk in this review. It’s over now.
Harry has the rock soul of Paul McCartney with the style and edge of David Bowie. A bit of Neil Diamond and he is the modern day rock/pop star. The rock comes first on his debut, self-titled album (fact: the album was originally titled “Pink” because pink is the “real colour of rock and roll”) and his persona is spewed all over the short 10 tracks.
The album starts off with a breezy Meet Me in the Hallway, which happens to be one of my favourites from the album. Though, like I said, it is a rock album, it has the catchy pop lyrics. And it works. Hallway‘s chorus picks up and you are swept away by the switch of the tone and the pluck of the guitar. You get lost in the reverb of the vocals and the album vibe is set.
As the album continues we go from power ballads, Sign of the Times, to full on rock, mosh pit Kiwi. The one song that’s stirring up a bit of talk is Two Ghosts, which the media has penned as the Taylor Swift song. Honestly, it sounds like she wrote it, so I understand that connection. With the opening lines of, “Same lips red/same eyes blue/Same white shirt/couple more tattoos” it doesn’t leave much room for discussion. The song then goes into, “We’re not who we used to be/We’re just two ghosts standing in the place of you and me”. Give it a listen and let me know what you think.
Though Styles is always cool, he shines the best on the ballads, like the final track From the Dinning Table. It explores mature lyrics, “Woke up alone in this hotel room/Played with myself, where were you?/Fell back to sleep, I got drunk by noon/I’ve never felt less cool”. His struggle with becoming an adult in the spotlight, though he handles it with grace.
As more pop stars dive outside the regular realm of pop, they are changing the way of pop and Harry has done so. Exposing those who are use to the radio friendly music of 1D, we have now been blessed with the real Harry Styles. The chic rocker, with killer pipes, loads of talent, and a fragile heart.