Harry Styles has gifted the world with his long awaited solo self-debut album. With ten tracks and forty minutes of pure bliss, Harry’s album is no joke when it comes to branching out and covering all aspects of the rock-and-roll genre.
Harry Styles took the opportunity to create slow and intimate rock ballads (along with a few upbeat tracks) that leave listeners stuck singing the hooks long after the songs have played through. The whole album is nothing but amazing, and Harry has definitely proven himself to be more than just a popular boy-band member. This album has given Styles the chance to prove to the world that he has more to offer than just bubblegum pop, and his talent really shines through in regards to the balance between lyrics and overall general sound.
With all of that being said, here are my favorites off of Harry Styles’ album (although every song is my favorite song):
1. “Sweet Creature”
This song has such beautiful vocals that it’s hard to not be taken aback by how lovely the tune actually is. With a simple guitar-picking to create the melody of the song, Styles’ powerful vocals really help to embrace just how sentimental the lyrics are. There is a nice little folk sound that’s heard within the song, and I think because it’s so different from what we’re used to hearing from Styles, it’s very refreshing to experience.
This song is an absolute banger. It has nothing to do with actual kiwis, but at this point, I don’t think anyone actually cares. Harry Styles can do no wrong. With ridiculous shouts of some girl claiming that she’s having his baby, this whole song is one wild ride. “Kiwi” is the type of song that makes you want to bang your head back and forth and play air guitar. Along with the thousands of girls who are probably claiming that they are having Styles’ baby, even British comedian, James Corden, is getting in on it too:
The opening monologue at the beginning actually made me laugh, but it actually fits the sad and lonely romantic vibe of the whole song. The beat of it makes me think that this track could be playing in an 80’s movie scene where the protagonist is sulking in a dive bar or walking along some rainy deserted street. In all seriousness, it’s such a tune and will definitely be on repeat for many listeners. I feel like Styles might also make this his next single. (I can just picture the music video now.})
4. “Only Angel”
This is possibly my all-time favorite off of the album. When Styles’ first gave a clue that he was going solo, he released a video with a short piano melody playing. We finally know where that little piano bit comes from. I can honestly say I was so surprised with the direction that the song took because I wasn’t even expecting it. “Only Angel” is probably the most rock and roll tune that comes out of Styles’ album and I can tell that it’s definitely going to be a fan favorite. Another thing too: the screaming vocals. Enough said.
5. “From the Dining Table”
Everything about this track is so emotionally vulnerable I think that’s why it’s one of my favorites. “From the Dining Table” allows listeners to take in openly honest lyrics and Styles tells a sad, but beautiful story about a relationship that has obviously ran its course. The track fully captures the attention of whoever is listening to it because of how intimate the song actually is . For Styles to allow his fans to hear something so raw and real, proves that there is more than what meets the eye in terms of public relationships and it’s nice to hear him express such personal emotions and experiences.
Harry Styles has definitely proven himself to be a rock star. His whole album is so distinctly personalized, that it becomes hard to critique such a unique style.
While people will still continue to view him as the front man of One Direction, his debut album has given him a fighting chance to break away from that stigma. Styles has a busy year ahead of him with radio interviews, a movie coming out later in the summer, and even his own headlining tour. I personally can’t wait to see how this album comes to life on stage, as his live performances thus far have been brilliant. Pretty sure this album is going to be on repeat for the whole entire summer.
As Styles sings in his song “Two Ghosts”, I’m “trying to remember how it feels to have a heartbeat,” because I’m pretty sure that my heart has stopped after listening to this masterpiece.