A lot can change in three years, and British-Irish pop band One Direction is living proof. Their careers started off with innocent bubblegum pop tunes and have landed on more mature songs with a rockier edge. Their new album, Midnight Memories, is a clear product of the growing up all kids have to go through, no matter how rich or famous. People from all over the world clearly seem to be enjoying it. Within a couple of days of its release date, the deluxe version has already managed to snag the top album on the iTunes Top Charts in 21 countries. The following is a brief track-by-track review of Midnight Memories.
Best Song Ever
This was the first glimpse of the boys’ album, released back in July when their second summer tour was still underway, and many people might agree that it is certainly the best song ever. It’s a fun, fast track that will get stuck in your head no matter how much you resist it.
Story of My Life
This is one of the leading singles of Midnight Memories and quickly became well-liked, especially with the heartfelt music video featuring One Direction’s family members and pictures of the boys as young kids. The song is simply beautiful and reaches its peak during the bridge, sung by Zayn Malik. Many would say it is better than Best Song Ever, but that is for each individual listener to judge!
“Diana,” rumored to be dedicated to fans suffering from depression, is fast-paced and, just like many other songs on the album, makes you want to dance.
“Midnight Memories” is one of the songs that is edgier than One Direction’s others. It beckons listeners to break out the air guitar and get crazy with its loud and fun chorus and, yes, even some rockstar-like screams. Definitely unexpected, but a pleasant surprise from the boyband.
You & I
This song has a chorus that draws people in. It’s a slow song, yet catchy and heartfelt. Zayn Malik hits a satisfying high note, too– the highlight of the track, some might say.
Don’t Forget Where You Belong
“Don’t Forget Where You Belong” is the boys musing about how far they have come and advising fans to never forget their roots, just as they haven’t. It’s quite sincere and allows fans catch a glimpse of the boys’ response to their fame.
This song is quite popular among fans with its catchy chorus and verses boasting great vocals. The boys sing about a girl who they need in their life because she makes them strong– which they are not afraid to admit. With a nice meaning, memorable chorus, and nicely executed vocals, there isn’t anything to dislike.
After hearing the first few seconds of “Happily” listeners immediately want to sing along even though the words may not be familiar yet. It’s a super fun and bouncy track, much expected due to the name of the song.
“Right Now” isn’t the most amazing track on the album but it wouldn’t be right to call it disappointing. Although somewhat weak compared to the other songs, Zayn Malik displays his vocal abilities nicely in the chorus, making the track worthwhile.
Little Black Dress
To put it simply, “Little Black Dress” has an 80′s vibe to it that no one can dislike. It is definitely a memorable and catchy track.
Through The Dark
“Through The Dark” is uplifting with the boys singing of helping a girl through hard times. It boasts a great tune, especially the chorus. It is easily able to get stuck in listeners’ heads.
“Something Great” has a nice, cheery, and memorable tune– probably a bit too cheery for a song that is about the boys wishing that a girl would come back into their life after they split. The outro, sung by Louis Tomlinson, stands out immensely.
Little White Lies
This song has an intense chorus with some streaks of EDM influences. This may or may not attract someone to the song, as some people like EDM and some people dislike it, however in this track it is definitely a thumbs-up. The entire track is a thumbs-up (disregarding the lyrics of the song, which has sparked some controversy).
Better Than Words
Another song with a catchy chorus, which seems to be a trend in this album! This song is unique in a subtle way because much of the lyrics are composed of song titles. Along with a unique songwriting method, the song itself doesn’t really sound like other One Direction songs (not in a negative way). Overall it is distinct, one of a kind, and a great end to a great album.