On May 12th, 2017, former One Direction member Harry Styles released his highly anticipated debut album. His self-titled debut consists of a mix of ambient rock songs, mellow acoustic numbers, and somber love songs. If you would like to know my thoughts on Harry Styles, keep reading.
1. Meet Me In The Hallway
Honestly, this song isn’t what I expected solo Harry to sound like. Serving as the album’s opener, “Meet Me In The Hallway” is a gloomy, mysterious, acoustic song about begging for someone’s return despite the pain they put you through. When listening, the song itself tends to put me in a trance. Overall, I’d say I really enjoy this song.
1. Sign Of The Times
By now, I’m sure you’ve this number, but if not, here’s some background. “Sign Of The Times” was released as Harry’s first solo song and the album’s lead single, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Upon first listen, I immediately heard classic rock influences, I was specifically reminded of David Bowie and The Beatles. It clocks in at almost six minutes long, but trust me, it’s well worth every second.
The moment I first heard this song I instantaneously knew it would become one of my favorites. “Carolina” is a song that just makes you want to let loose and dance. Stylistically, it reminds me of Lady Gaga’s 2016 release Joanne in the sense that it’s a bit country/rock. Another song with obvious classic rock influences, which by now you can tell sets the tone for the whole album.
4. Two Ghosts
You may have already heard of this song due to the buzz it’s created around it’s alleged Taylor Swift-inspired lyrics, but to be honest it’s so much more than that. “Two Ghosts” is a beautifully crafted song about leaving a relationship two completely different people than when you first began dating. The sound is peaceful, mellow, and relaxing whereas the lyrics are a bit pensive.
5. Sweet Creature
When I first heard this song, I didn’t really like it. Although after a few listens it really grew on me. I feel like many of his songs put me in a mood where I want to reminisce about things of the past, but especially this one. His vocals in the chorus are mesmerizing, and the lyrics are heartfelt.
6. Only Angel
The beginning of this record is very ethereal-sounding, almost angelic. Then it takes a complete 180 and flips into an exuberant rock song. “Only Angel” is definitely a song you would want to listen to when you’re in need of an upbeat song to get hyped to. After Carolina, this song is probably my second favorite off the album.
Similar to “Carolina” and “Only Angel”, “Kiwi” is a bold, bellowing, pure rock song. I really enjoy the direction Harry is taking with these type of songs as it’s different than anything that’s currently on mainstream pop radio. I feel like this whole record will open doors for more rock music to enter the doors of mainstream radio, which is awesome.
8. Ever Since New York
“Every Since New York” is a folk-style ballad in which Harry sings of hurting, and still wanting more of someone who hurt you. Honestly, it’s not one of my favorite songs but it meshes well with the album.
This is another song I knew I’d like from the moment I heard it. It has a funky and groovy type of feel, yet still very rock influence. The lyrics are about the feeling of jealousy that comes with seeing the person you are interested in be with someone else. I feel like it describes a feeling we can all relate to in one way or another.
10. From The Dining Table
When you really listen to this song, the lyrics are very sorrowful. “Even my phone misses your call, by the way” Harry sings in the first verse. Musically, the sound is very soft, soothing, almost relaxing but at the same time emotional.
Overall, I’d say I really do love this album. It’s very cohesive and different from the One Direction Harry you may be used to listening to, in the best way. Now, I am even more excited to see what direction Harry takes in the future.