One Direction alum takes solo career in different direction

Antoinette Lobello, Perspective Editor

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Going off of his band One Direction’s massive success, singer/songwriter Harry Styles debuted his first and eponymous solo album on May 12.

However, the album takes on a whole new sound from the band’s usual pop melodies and goes for a more alternative tone.

While many artists’ first solo albums follow their early bands’ lead in determining their own style and substance, Styles took a different approach. His album features a more haunting style of music for the slow songs and more upbeat, rock-like sound for the faster songs.

Songs like “Kiwi” and “Meet Me in the Hallway” sound like they are a mile away from One Direction’s original sound.
This new sound is one very welcomed by his fans, especially given his single, “Sign of the Times,” placed number four on the Billboard charts.

However, it’s the lyrics that truly make Styles’ sound unique. Not to knock One Direction’s “If I Could Fly,” but Styles’ music makes their music sound like a toddler wrote it.

Between the lyrics of “We’re just two ghosts swimming in a glass half empty, trying to remember how it feels to have a heartbeat” from “Two Ghosts,” and “We don’t know where we’re going but we know where we belong” from “Sweet Creature,” Styles creates eloquent phrases that give more of a story to the songs. With his falsetto and deep voice he gives character to the already memorable lyrics.

Overall, Styles’ album is not another pop album but an elegant, unique album that will entertain more than just the screaming fans he has from his boy band days.

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One Direction alum takes solo career in different direction