The time has finally arrived for Harry Styles to rip my wig off my scalp with his debut album and I am here to give you a track by track critique. Enjoy.
Track 1 – Meet Me in the Hallway
The opening number welcomes you with a mystic strumming of an acoustic guitar, and glass chimes from a piano. Styles enters the track with highly reverbed vocals echoing “meet me in the hallway.” Begging the listener for morphine, telling them “he’ll be out the door” waiting for them. This kid has got me f**ked up!!
Track 2 – Sign of the Times
The debut single off Harry’s debut album. A very Bowie-esque sounding track with heavy guitar, piano, and synths that bring back the Space Oddity era. The listeners can practically feel the passion and emotion behind Style’s voice towards the end of the song when he screams ‘We got to, we got to, ‘way. We got to we got to, ‘way.” With him belting a long note at the end, bringing the track to a close.
Track 3 – Carolina
This track instantly got me hooked with the “oh yeah’s” in the beginning. The chorus in the song gets listeners hyped with the background vocals singing “La La La La” just before transitioning into the next verse. While many thought the lyrics for this song were about a girl in Carolina, this song reminded me very much of Cocaine Caroline by the one and only Mr. Johnny Cash. If you don’t believe me, take a listen for yourself and compare the lyrics.
Track 4 – Two Ghosts
I am about to lose all sense of professionalism with this track critique but here we go: THIS SONG IS NOT ABOUT TAYLOR SWIFT. ‘Two Ghosts’ carries the similar guitar patch of ‘Meet Me in The Hallway’. The lyrics in the first verse, “same lips red, same eyes blue, same white shirt couple more tattoos” is practically screaming Louis William Tomlinson but you didn’t hear that from me.
Track 5 – Sweet Creature
excuse my shouting: THIS SONG IS LITERALLY ABOUT LOUIS I CAN’T BELIEVE LOUIS AND HARRY LOVE EACH OTHER THIS MUCH I CANNOT BELIEVE I WAS ALIVE AND WELL TO LISTEN TO THIS SONG. I DON’T KNOW WHAT I DID TO DESERVE SUCH AN HONOR. TRULY.
Track 6 – Only Angel
The first twenty seconds of Only Angel sounds like a Renaissance Documentary produced by the History Channel with a full on the choir. But you might want to turn the volume down the volume because, at fifty-three seconds, Styles screams “Hey, yeah!!” into the mic and the mood shifts to an almighty rock song.
Track 7 – Kiwi
Hold on to your hats folks, this song is about to make everyone pop a boner. The amplified vocals of Styles “She worked her way through a cheap pack of cigarettes, hard liquor with a mix of bitter intellect and all the boys they were saying they were into it” brings chills down the listener’s spine. Styles screams the words “I’m having your baby, it’s none of your business” throughout the entire song and that’s the where eyebrows were raised to the roof.
Track 8 – Ever Since New York
This song was debuted on SNL for the first time as a two minute song. BUT BOY were we wrong. Harry Styles serenades us for a full four minutes and thirteen seconds with this beautiful, chill, song Ever Since New York.
And for the record: It’s “Empty at the News”
Track 9 – Woman
This song is the absolute cutest song. Similar to Carolina, the “La La La’s” and “Woman, Wo-Woman” in the chorus makes my jaw hurt from grinning too much. This will be a gem to hear live.
Track 10 – From the Dining Table
Honestly? Real emo hours commenced when this song was at 0:01. This was the rawest song off the album and every lyric in there had some pure hurt behind it. Lines such as “Even my phone misses your call” literally broke my heart into a million pieces, and “Woke up the girl who looked just like you, I almost said your name” felt like a train ran over my body.
All in all, this album portrayed Harry very well. This was such a step away from his sound that he was forced produce while in One Direction. The sounds were very dated, which was a setback for me. However, I admire the fact that Styles stayed true to his vision, rather than most artists who produce basic three chords, EDM, DJ-skeet skeet club remixes.
I rate this album a 4.5/5, and I am very proud to say I have watched this man grow to be the artist he is today and can’t wait to see what is next for him.