Friday, 29 November 2013

Music: 'Midnight Memories' Album Review

Who: One Direction
What: Midnight Memories
Favourite Songs: Happily, Half a Heart, Don't Forget Where You Belong, Midnight Memories

At an attempt to steer away from the rather 'vanilla' image they have One Direction's latest album 'Midnight Memories' is much rockier then their previous two, and while it's great to see the lads mature the overall sound is a tad messy.
As a self-confessed One Direction fan I had plan to listen to the album whether or not I liked the two tracks they released first, as it happens I loved both. Best Song Ever was a catchy pop tune and Story of My Life was a cute song with an Ed Sheeran meets Mumford and Sons feel to it.
There seems to be a great deal of influence from other musicians and bands throughout Midnight Memories and although it is ace that the guys are finding inspiration from others it seems that One Direction are trying to cover every genre of music they can.
Little Black Dress is more then reminiscent of The Beatles and the chorus of Midnight Memories sounds eerily like Def Leppards Pour Some Sugar On Me not to mention the speedy folky guitar playing that is the focus of both Happily and Through the Dark. In just four tracks we have the sound of 80's American rock, British 60's rock and modern folk-rock; it is a little confusing. However, at the same time all of said tracks are catchy, fun with brilliant lyrics and ever better vocals from the five guys. Although I find it frustrating that the album is a mix of different pop/rock genres I still love every single one of the songs on the album and that is no mean feat.
There is, of course, still some heart-felt One Direction ballads that will have us on swooning just check out You & I or Half a Heart that features lyrics such as 'Nothing can come between us/You and I/Not even the Gods above can separate the two of us,' and in the latter Zayn sings 'I'm half a heart without you/I'm half a man at best,' over the top of some delightful guitar strumming.
Annoyingly most people won't even bother to give this album a listen and that honestly is a shame because it is fair to say that, although at times it is a little all over the place, Midnight Memories is a mighty fine third album and shows the One Direction guys are heading in a positive direction. 

What 'Midnight Memories' does is cement the theory I have had for sometime now, One Direction are more McFly and Busted rather than JLS or N*Sync. But the real question is, will then follow in the footsteps of McFly or Busted?


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