Harry Styles’ split from One Direction to pursue his solo career away from pop is the best decision Styles has ever made. Harry is becoming THE rock star of this generation, and he rightfully claims that title from this album.
Harry’s debut album is full of 80’s glam-rock ballads, and alternative rock similar to the likes of Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Queen, and The Beatles.
Styles recently performed on The Today Show, and wore a hot pink suit. Styles is breaking gender norms and normalizing sexual fluidity, all while showing the true sides of rock n’ roll.
Styles’ pink suit shows tribute to rock n’ roll contributions from Elvis Presley, who showed the world that he, a white man, could wear pink and stand confident. After all, “pink is the only true rock n’ roll color”.
The debut album opens with soft rock song, “Meet Me In The Hallway”, and this song begins with Harry counting in, “2, 3, 4…” to show that he is not here to mess around and do One Direction-esque music anymore. He is an individual rock god with real talent and a vision for royalty.
Just stop your crying, it’s a sign of the times
The first single from this perfect album was “Sign of the Times”, a glam 70’s rock ballad, that sounds inspired by Bowie. Styles shows his vocal range and rock star persona.
This is the song that showed audiences that Harry might not be the cutesy One Direction heartthrob anymore, and he is a rockstar. This album solidifies his attempt to be seen as the artist this Mick Jagger reincarnation was always meant to be.
“Carolina” is the perfect summer song, full of “la la la’s”, and funky beats. This song is quirky but yet very 80’s rock. Many are comparing this song to “Stuck In The Middle With You” because of how classic this song is.
The slowed down folk-rock ballad “Two Ghosts” is a necessary reminder of Styles’ sweetness and how much of a heartthrob this man truly is. Harry is vulnerable in this song, and recalls a past love and heartbreak, when he knows that a relationship isn’t working out, and he needs to find himself again.
“Only Angel” and “Kiwi” are Rolling Stones-esque hard rock ballads about sex and contain many “woo-hoo’s”. Styles is a rock star, and no longer a boy band member targeted to prepubescent audiences. He is an adult making adult music.
Driving me crazy, but I’m into it, but I’m into it
I’m kind of into it
It’s getting crazy, I think I’m losing it, I think I’m losing it
I think she said “I’m having your baby, it’s none of your business”
“Woman” is a very quirky track on this album, but I dig it. Styles opens the song with the dialogue “should we just search romantic comedies on Netflix and see what we find?”. With every beat ending with a duck-like, sounding “Uh”, this track about another guy and the girl Harry wants is unusual, but thats what makes it rock n’ roll.
Harry wraps up the album with the breakup rock ballad, “From The Dining Table”. This song is about missing someone, and he makes it pretty obvious that he misses the girl in many different ways,
Woke up alone in this hotel room
Played with myself, where were you?
Fell back to sleep, I got drunk by noon
I’ve never felt less cool
We haven’t spoke since you went away
Comfortable silence is so overrated
Why won’t you ever be the first one to break?
Even my phone misses your call, by the way
Harry debuts his incredible falsetto, when he pleas for her to call him soon.
Maybe one day you’ll call me and tell me that you’re sorry too
But you, you never do
Woke up the girl who looked just like you
I almost said your name
This last song left me speechless. The words for the excellence Harry put into this album are hard to find, but he deserves the title of a legend and to be looked at as no longer a boy-bander, but a serious musician.
Harry is THE rock star now, and he is here to stay. It won’t be long until he is dominating charts globally.
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