Review: One Direction are defiantly mature on ‘Made in the AM’

12 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Is ‘Perfect’ About Taylor Swift? Harry Styles Will Never Tell (But Louis Tomlinson Might!).

Julian Bunetta has been a longtime friend of and co-writer for One Direction and remains one of their closest musical allies. At least that’s been One Direction’s dilemma with their fifth (and potentially final) album Made in the A.M., out Friday, released in the wake of bandmate Zayn Malik’s exit and the group’s announcement that they’re taking a break.And now, One Direction Harry’s big sister has made her foray into the showbiz world – with a cool new beauty shoot and, as she tells FEMAIL, this is just the start of what’s set to be a stellar career for the bright young thing.

Since the boy band’s second album, Take Me Home, he’s gone from writing the songs for them to writing with the band and watching them grow along the way. Brushing off rumors that they’re calling it quits for good, the remaining members have tried to keep the narrative about the music: playing up their growth since 2011 debut Up All Night and touting A.M. as “the best album we feel we’ve done,” as Harry Styles flatly describes it to USA TODAY. The 23-year-old showcases her edgy sartorial credentials as she rocks sequin embellished eye make-up and glitter adorned hair in her fun new shoot for Fudge Urban. The Richest journalist threw a few serious shade writing, “Every boy band member has a title; the ugly one, the one with the deep voice, the heart throb and if they are lucky; the neutral”.

It is a case of history repeating itself, since the band’s other single, “Drag Me Down” also soared in the Billboard Trending 140 Chart following its release. Not only does it sound eerily similar to Taylor’s “Style,” but there are also lyrical similarities between the songs, specifically about driving at midnight, which I guess was something Taylor and Harry did together.

On A.M. (**1/2 out of four), One Direction’s writing is sharper and their sound richer than before, and although they still have all the edge of a butter knife, there’s a defiance and maturity that may have surfaced after weathering this year’s drama. The sequin eyelids felt pretty alien when they went on but I kind of loved them by the end.’ Discussing her sense of style, Gemma, who works as a freelance writer, said: ‘I think finding things that you’re comfortable in that mix and match means you can look more put-together than you feel. ‘For me that’s not showing too much flesh and wearing mostly monochrome.

But, at the end of the day (pun intended), this is a little song about being scared of falling in love, and that can be pretty jarring in and of itself. Despite all of this, or perhaps just so everything fits better with the narrative, Harry is taking a page out of Taylor’s book and playing coy about what — or who — inspired the song. That reinvigorated spirit is clear on first single Drag Me Down, the album’s second track and an electrifying ode to standing one’s ground, which pulses with brash guitar riffs and a slick reggae groove.

I like changing my hair colour so working in black and white is a lot easier than suddenly clashing with half your clothes.’ Proving she is both beauty and brains, Gemma received a First Class Honors Degree at Sheffield Hallam University and is now pursuing a career as a writer and will be working creatively with beauty brands. They all have their place and their time.” “[A couple weeks ago] I played the demo of [this song] for some friends, and if you could’ve heard what it was compared to what it is now, you would be very surprised. It sets the pace for other previously released highlights including Perfect, an alleged Taylor Swift kiss-off and exemplary pop anthem, and Long Way Down, whose alternating harmonies make the mawkish chorus almost forgivable. No surprise for anyone even tangentially familiar with Styles’ sartorial and musical tastes, the ’70s and ’80s play a huge role. “I think it was Bat Out of Hell,” Styles says of the first music he ever bought with his own money. “Meatloaf.

News reports that Days before launching their “Made in the A.M.” album, the “hand-clapping, sing-along song” gives homage to the 1D’s inconceivable accomplishments for the last five years. Obligatory ballads Infinity and If I Could Fly sound like a rehashes of what the boys have already done better on fan favorites such as Night Changes and Story of My Life. And then my mum was crazy into Norah Jones and Shania Twain, so I have that side, too, which is fun.” “I wish I had written ‘50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,’” Styles says. But he does give a pretty “maaaaaaaybe” answer, if you ask me: “I think everybody draws from personal experiences, so of course to a degree I’m sure that influenced some of it.

Like the rest of his musical inspirations, the track is an oldie, hailing from Paul Simon’s 1975 record Still Crazy After All These Years. “I think the verse in that song is one of the best verses ever written. It’s a step up from last year’s folk-pop Four and uneven 2013 effort Midnight Memories, although not quite as unabashedly enjoyable as their earlier albums.

Who’s to say what their musical legacy will ultimately be — aside from at least one perfect pop song in their breakout What Makes You Beautiful — but we’re willing to follow them in whatever direction they go next. The only thing that would make that answer any more winky would be if he added that it’s tailor-made to fit anyone’s interpretation and it was amazing how swiftly people reacted to it. We’re happy with that one.” Styles even threw in a bonus, citing “Happily” from Midnight Memories, their third outing and the title track for which Louis Tomlinson was most proud of as it was “the first song that we felt like we had real ownership over.” There’s “probably a lot” of music that Styles enjoys that would surprise people, he says. “I just got really into Lianna La Havas. I think she’s great.” For the uninitiated, La Havas is a British folk/soul singer-songwriter whose second album, Blood, dropped over the summer. “There’s plenty of stuff [I like] that people aren’t going to necessarily assume … but yeah, it changes constantly. That one was so fun because it has a full orchestra we recorded at Abbey Road: four trumpets, four trombones, three french horns, flute, clarinet, harp.

Everyone’s different experiences of what they’re going through, whether it’s this or that, I’d like to think that these songs can apply to more than just [one instance].” “This one was written in a black cab while driving around London. In terms of our personal experiences together, the times we spend writing and the times we spend opening up to each other, there are so many meanings. That was the goal.” 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again.

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