HARRY STYLES – SELF-TITLED
There is something so refreshing about this release, since so many people were expecting a typical pop album.
2017 has given us some amazing music releases so far, and Harry Styles’ self-titled debut album is no exception. For the past year and a half, One Direction has been on hiatus. During this hiatus, each of the four members has come forward some sort of a solo career. However, Harry has definitely had the most impressive shift.
We first got a tease of this new era with “Sign of the Times”, the lead single from the album. The 5 minute track begins with a simple and soft piano, and ends with a glorious full out band. The song itself features a unique story and definitely got people interested for the rest of the album.
It’s no secret that there’s a heavy influence from older music, especially from around the 1960s and 1970s (someone tell Mick Jagger that he’s been cloned!) This album is also the first time that we’re really able to see what Harry can do as a solo artist.
This album definitely caters to many different tastes. Like slow, emotional ballads? Check out “Sweet Creature“, a cute and simple song that features ear pleasing acoustics. The closing track “From the Dining Table“, features some epic-sounding strings. For fans of upbeat, rock and roll sounding tracks, you need to check out “Kiwi“, a unique tune that definitely draws on 70s culture (again- Mick, you need to check this out.) Still on the rock-spectrum of the album, “Carolina” is a bluesy-sounding song definitely worthy of a good time. You also have tracks like “Only Angel” and “Meet Me In the Hallway“, two tracks that definitely play on the aesthetically atmospheric vibes and slow, laid back vocals.
There’s so many reasons why people have been raving over this album, and it’s clearly brought on a wave of new fans. There is something so refreshing about this release, since so many people were expecting a typical pop album. I have high hopes that this album can do wonders for mainstream music, and bring in the rock and roll vibes back into our everyday radio play.