To be honest, I never expected that it would be this good. Harry totally deviated from his pop-rock roots in 1D. Instead, we hear a Harry Styles going classic rock, tipping a hat for his childhood musical idols such as Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The White Stripes and Fleetwood Mac… And he does it oh-so-gracefully. Listening to the whole album feels like listening to those 70s and 80s artists that rocked their decades. I’m a fan of old classic rock music, and this album severely awakened my hungry, old soul. It was amazing. The production. The vast instrumentation. The lyrics. Harry’s voice. They all fit perfectly.
Most of the songs in the album, I think, talks about poor conversations in which people either talk too much, but don’t say what they really mean or they don’t talk at all even though they have so much important things to say.
1. Meet Me in the Hallway
Haunting. A nice intro song.
I walked the streets all day/ Running with the thieves/ ‘Cause you left me in the hallway
2. Sign of the Times
Anthemic. Instant classic. This is the most acclaimed single from the album. 11/10
We never learn, we’ve been here before/ Why are we always stuck and running from the bullets?
Will be ever learn? / We’ve been here before
∆ We don’t talk enough/We should open up/ Before it’s all too much
H tells in a BBC 1 interview that this is about a girl that he met who is from North Carolina, and her name is Townes.
Townes, better swim before you drown
How could I tell her that she’s all I think about? / Well, I guess she just found out
4. Two Ghosts
This one is allegedly about Taylor Swift. The first verses responds to a lyric from TS’s song, Style, which is certainly about Harry Styles. This is my favorite song from the album, mainly because I ship Haylor so hard. But the song is so good, too, so there’s that.
We’re just two ghosts standing in the place of you and me/ Trying to remember how it feels to have a heartbeat
∆ Telling those stories we already told / ‘Cause we don’t say what we really mean
5. Sweet Creature
Beautiful. Reminisce of The Beatles’ Blackbird.
But we’re still young / We don’t know where we’re going / But we know where we belong
∆ I always think about you and how we don’t speak enough
6. Only Angel
Rock n’ roll!!!
Open up your eyes, shut your mouth and see / That I’m still the only one who’s been in love with me
The. Best. Headbang. Song. Ever.
Oh, I think she said, “I’m having your baby, it’s none of your business.”
8. Ever Since New York
Sad, and yearning.
Brooklyn saw me, empty at the news / There’s no water inside the swimming pool / Almost over, had enough from you
∆ Tell me something I don’t already know
I love the guitar solo in this one. And let’s not forget about the beloved duck sounds.
Tempted, you know / Apologies are never gonna fix this / I’m empty, I know / Promises are broken like a stich is
10. From the Dining Table
Listening to this song feels like H is whispering a confession to my ears. I think this is the most honest song in the album.
Maybe one day you’ll call me and tell me that you’re sorry too / But you, you never do
∆ Comfortable silence is so overrated / Why won’t you ever say what you want to say?
All in all, I would rate this album 4 out 5. Why not 5? I know. This album is perfect, musically wise. But, I feel that there’s something missing, from Harry especially. I can’t pinpoint what exactly, but I felt that sense of incompleteness when I replayed the whole album thrice. But, I still think this is a great debut for Harry. I love him and his music so much. I would recommend this to everyone. We deserve Harry Styles and his great music.
Thank you very much for reading!
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