Released: May 12, 2017
Looks like Mr. Harry Styles’ felt it was time to spread those wings and fly into the world of “lets-become-a-solo-artist” and deploy a batch of freshly-baked singles to top the charts. The British sensation has just released his album—which is simply the same title as his name—and I can tell you guys that this is gon’ be a trip through nostalgia and back. I’ve always enjoyed Harry’s sense of artistry, keeping his image very classic and chic, but what better to have an image like that than accompany it with a staggering release that boasts a broad range of 1960s-1980s music styles.
The remarkable trait with Harry Styles is that, unlike his band-mates-turned-solo competitors Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Niall Horan, Mr. Style’s doesn’t flow into the world of mainstream pop. Instead, he takes a brand new direction of sound and boasts it with a bunch of rhythmic guitar strums, slow glam rock sounds and traditional Britpop realness (ohhhh very rock ‘n’ roll). And, to some extent, it comes out successful. “Meet Me In the Hallway” opens the record with a classical spin, tinted with a minimalistic delivery of guitar strumming and vocals. The lead single, “Sign of the Times”, is a very California-like surf rock that is moulded together with melancholic songwriting and rich vocals.
Styles’ participation with One Direction was, in all fairness with no tea or shade, a front-running affair, considering that I found his voice to be a lot more charismatic and stronger than the other four (now that’s no shade, cause they’re all good, I just… well, have an opinion). So with that said, numbers like the uptempo swing of “Carolina” and the folk-riddle One Direction-esque anthem “Sweet Creature” are nothing but groove-induced and funky jams that basically showcases his capabilities and strengths as a solo musician. But the biggest Britannia moment is the glam-indie hybrid “Kiwi”, which is nothing but an ode to the classic rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle (especially with the crass line “Having your baby”).
At 10 tracks long, Harry Styles is quite concise and a very straightforward package, even if there are a few moments that aren’t particularly memorable. The choruses on nearly every track is strong and catchy, and his musical direction is definitely the top of the crop. Mr. Styles sure has a career ahead of him, and with a debut like this, there is no doubt that he’ll be on top of the world (like he was with One Direction of course). GET EM’ BOI!
Track list (Bold means best tracks)
- Meet Me in the Hallway
- Sign of the Times
- Carolina ~Liam’s favourite~
- Two Ghosts
- Sweet Creature
- Only Angel
- Ever Since New York
- From the Dining Table