Have we forgotten that Harry Styles originally auditioned as a solo artist on X Factor before he was formed in supergroup One Direction?
Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely” was the soulful glimpse into Harry’s defining style that differentiates him from the former group.
Opening track “Meet Me in the Hallway” is an acoustic melody with a breathy voice that resembles the sound of Tame Impala.
It has an echoey-classic rock style, similar even, Kasabian.
“Just let me know, I’ll be at the door, at the door//Just let me know, I’ll be on the floor, on the floor,” he teases, possibly referring to chance encounters whilst on tour.
“Carolina” likewise is a fun, upbeat track like that is similar to Beck. Classic British rock vibes are very much present here with a heavy use of guitar and tambourine. It’s laced with plenty of “Oh yeahs” to keep the accompanying vocalists entertained.
Potential frontrunner is “Two Ghosts,” which has a forlorn, guitar riff. It’s a sensual, understated song featuring lyrics “we’re just two ghosts standing in the place of you and me.” Trying to remember how it feels to have a heart beat.”
Throughout the ten track album , Styles manages to keep us captivated with Jagger-esque performances and lyrics that refer to heartbreaks, without capitalising on the overt, hypersexualised tracks that other 1Ders such as Zayn Malik and Liam Payne have made their own. There is even an orchestral feel at times.
He has very shed his squeaky clean image, although he always had a bohemian mystique and cheekiness that makes you want to get to know him.
Truly an album for the times.