Always arguably the most popular member of boyband phenomenon One Direction, Harry Styles’ self-titled debut album had a lot riding on it.
But what’s it really like? Is it much chop? Or is it just more boyband-lite fodder?
David checks it out in his latest review.
Take every perception, view and opinion you have about One Direction and its members and throw it out the window.
As the other boys have mostly proved so far through their solo endeavours, slick top 40 pop music isn’t really on offer here.
As the last bandmate to finally release his solo efforts, how does Harry Styles compare to his counterparts?
Arguably the most charismatic and talented of the group, Harry’s self-titled debut is a great piece of pop-rock artistry.
It’s easy to assume that whatever the guys put out is about as manufactured as a can of Spam, but that’s not the case here.
This record feels real and it feels like Harry has had a big say in how he wanted to do things. He’s co-written each of the ten songs on the album, with only one featuring one of 1D’s regular co-writers (Julian Bunetta). This helps to distance Harry further from his boyband past.
What fans are met with is an album full of competent pop-rock tunes that doesn’t push the envelope but is confidently assured.
Lead single ‘Sign Of The Times’ is a soaring single and frankly the most radio-friendly on the album. It’s got a euphoric sense to it that keeps your attention for its whole length.
‘Only Angel’ feels very Eurythmics crossed with The Rolling Stones. Its funkiness through the bass line is infectious and offers a taste of something different. It’s also a bit different, which I quite like. It’s easy to listen to when it comes up on a playlist.
‘Sweet Creature’ is a lush and gorgeous ballad you can’t help but fall in love with. Its simple melody paired with entirely relatable lyrics are a great marriage. It also allows Harry to showcase his voice without all the vocal gymnastics in some of his other tunes. This is one I look forward to hearing live.
For a debut album from an ex-boyband member, it’s a great introduction.
Harry has the ability to grow as an artist and his self-titled debut is a great platform from which to continue his artistic discovery.
VERDICT : 4/5.
MUST LISTEN : Sign Of The Times, Sweet Creature, Only Angel.