BLOG 172: HARRY STYLES ALBUM REVIEW

The album has been out a week now, having officially come into the world on the 12th May, and I can say I have listened to it… 105,456,236 times and counting.

If I’m honest, I didn’t not like One Direction’s music; it was fun, catchy and makes for easy listening. Truthfully though, music appeals to me more when I believe it. I think that’s the only place it went wrong. I knew when they split over a year ago that the guys were all going to release music and do their own thing. I was only curious to see what Harry would get up to, though. I think we can all agree that Mr Styles has got some style. But when I heard about his movie role in Dunkirk, I was thinking it was never going to happen, and then, out of nowhere, BOOM! Sign of the Times. And what a beautiful surprise it was. It sort of reminds me of David Bowie’s Life on Mars – definitely a good thing. I also get a hint of Freddie Mercury and Prince in there too. What do you reckon? Not just me, is it?

It’s definitely a lot darker than the One Direction stuff he was doing, too. Apparently Harry told Rolling Stone the true meaning behind the song; it being “written from a point of view as if a mother was giving birth to a child and there’s a complication,” 

“The mother is told, ‘The child is fine, but you’re not going to make it.’ The mother has five minutes to tell the child, ‘Go forth and conquer.'”

Either way, he couldn’t have picked a better song to introduce his album to the world.


Two Ghosts

And despite the masterpiece that is Sign of the Times, I struggling to call it my favourite song on the album. It all works together so well with each song being a story in itself. The overall soft 70s rock vibe doesn’t help either – it sounds so good.

I think I’ve listened to track 4 most. Two Ghosts. Apparently this beauty was written four years ago after his fling with Taylor Swift. And when questioned about it on BBC Radio 1…

“I mean I think it’s pretty like self-explanatory. I think, y’know it’s about sometimes things change and you can do all the same things… and sometimes it’s just different, y’know.”

Nailed it, Harry. Nailed it.

Listen, I don’t give two shits about who the song is written for; I’m just enjoying the art. I mean, how stunning are these lyrics?

“Two ghosts, standing in the place of you and me, trying to remember how it feels to have a heartbeat”.


Sweet Creature

Sweet Creature. A sweet voice singing over a sweet acoustic vibe with the sweetest lyrics ever. “When I run out of rope, you bring me home,”

I love the life in the guitar lines of this song. It sort of has a Beatles feel to it – again, NEVER a bad thing.


Carolina

I love the energy in this song. It’s lively, it’s fun, it’s catchy and all you want to do is sing along and tap your feet. It’s a breath of fresh hair amongst some pretty heavy ballads.

Rumour has it, the song was written about a girl he met on a blind date, who only found out about the song when he performed it live on the Today Show. A lady named Townes from Carolina. I mean, well, lyrics… She’s got a family in Carolina / So far away, but she says I remind her of home.” And later he adds: “Moved all the way cause her grandma told her / ‘Townes, better swim before you drown.‘” 


Ever Since New York

I’ve been obsessing over this song since hearing Harry debut on SNL. It was nice to see Harry back on stage in his little suits, only this time playing guitar and looking like a rockstar. I love the relaxed indie type vibe of the band and his own backing vocals. I could listen to this song all day.

You done good, Hazza. You done good.


Woman

This is one of my favourite songs on the album. It’s wonderfully Bowie’ish with the rhythm of the guitar and bass and dramatised lyrics, “I hope you can see the state that I’m in while he’s touching your skin,”

If you’ve listened to the song, you’ll know the opening is nothing short of unique. The song opens with a man’s voice saying: “Shall we just search for romantic comedies on Netflix and then see what we find?”

Very 2017. Also, very 1977. I love the mixture of both.


Kiwi

So apparently this song began as a joke but is now one of the best songs on the album. This song is fully of energy and is heavier in terms of the overall rock vibe that we’ve got going on.

The song opens with “She worked her way through a cheap pack of cigarettes/Hard liquor mixed with a bit of intellect/And all the boys, they were saying they were into it/Such a pretty face, on a pretty neck,”

It’s obvious the song it about some kind of irresistible bad girl. Hey, we all like to live on the wild side sometimes, right?

It’s the loudest and punchiest song on the album – it’s going to be perfect for live shows. In fact, what are ticket prices for concerts these days? Let’s just agree to meet there.


Album Rating ★★★★½

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