Review: Harry Styles
Harry Styles By Harry Styles
By Tristan Sherlock
Harry Styles’ debut, self-titled, album does almost everything right. In an attempt to distance himself far from the manufactured sound of One Direction, Styles has, quite simply, created the best album he could.
Styles manages to capture the essence of 70’s pop, combine it with his own lyrics and (beautiful) voice, to create an authentic sound. The further mix of rock as the album progresses successfully prevents Styles from becoming too repetitive. Styles doesn’t let up, not once, throughout his album, does he use any pop techniques that would guarantee him a spot at the top of the charts. Instead he sticks to his own style (*wink emoji*) of music, and that in its own is why the album works so well.
Styles begins with the melancholic sound of ‘Meet Me in the Hallway’. From there it slowly begins its musical ascent, with the tempo of each song gradually building, until it reaches the rock-esque sounds of ‘Only Angel’.
After a minute of ‘Only Angel’ the album begins its final ascent before reach its peak, ‘Kiwi’. Following the climatic sounds of ‘Kiwi’, Harry Styles begins to die down, the tone forever changed but the tempo beginning to revert to what it once ones. After a beautiful close of ‘From the Dining Table’ it’s clear that Styles, and his team put so much work in this album.
With this album Styles has single-handedly changed the expectations set for ex-boyband members. With saying that: good luck to all the other ex-One Direction members. After Harry Styles, they’ll need it.