Harry Styles New Album Review

Harry Styles New Album Review

Estephanie Jimenez, Editor

 

Last week on May 12, Harry Styles released his first solo album containing ten amazing songs and the Mavpulse is here to break it down for you.

#1 Meet Me in the Hallway

This song surrounds a lover who is suffering through a breakup and wishes to “get better” in order to save their relationship. He also begs for someone who has caused damage to his heart to return to him.

The song has a particular acoustic tone and emotional vibe to it. The song has a distantly ring to it that causes the audience to hear his desperation to “get better”.

I admit I had not at all expected the first song in the album to have such a Beatles and 60’s influence to it. I had thought that much of his new music would resemble what he had done in One Direction. This is no way the pop song One Direction had previously sang. It’s so much more.

For all those people who are suffering through heartbreak and need a song to cry along to this song is for you.

#2 Sign of the Times

According to an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine Harry Styles revealed this about the meaning of the song, “The song is written from a point of view as if a mother was giving birth to a child and there’s a complication. The mother is told, ‘The child is fine, but you’re not going to make it.’ The mother has five minutes to tell the child, ‘Go forth and conquer.”

It is indeed a very inspirational song that moves the heart to believe even though bad things such as grief and hardships occur one should always run towards a great goal. As the lyrics say, “Just stop your crying, have the time of your life. Break through the atmosphere and things are pretty good from here. Remember everything will be alright, we can meet again somewhere, somewhere far away from here.”

The vocals in this particular song towards the end are absolutely fantastic. Harry Styles reaches notes that most people could only dream of. In addition, the instruments on this track are fabulous which among them include the piano, guitar, drums, and bass. The combination of musical instruments help the song achieve the title of “a slow paced pop rock track”.

#3 Carolina

This specific song apparently was the last track that Harry wrote for the album and according to him, “It’s potentially about someone from Carolina.”

The lyrics describe a situation where Harry meets a woman called Townes in the West Coast, but is originally from Carolina. It seems as the female is a very popular and outgoing person who is generally well behaved. She as well appears to be very intelligent with the way she reads a lot, “She’s got a book for every situation”. In other words she is the ideal girl that everyone wants.

Jazz. That is what the song reminds me of. It gives out vibes of the early 1950’s music and is very funky. It’s definitely one of the most dance able songs on the album. There’s a whole bunch of instruments that help create that rock-pop effect from electric guitar from the piano.

Confession time, I get ready to this song when I apply makeup on my face.

#4 Two Ghosts

Two Ghosts surrounds a couple in a past relationship where they both walked away being different people and no longer are the same. The couple then return to meet each other once again, but things are not how they used to be. “We’re just two ghosts swimming in a glass half empty,” describes the emptiness one another feels when forced to face the fact that they no longer feel comfortable around each other and their history together is just that, history.

The track portrays a feeling of heartbreak and nostalgia. It truly is the perfect song for someone who is mourning for what was and could have been. The guitar helps project that feeling of sadness well along with the slow rhythm of the drums.

#5 Sweet Creature

Sweet Creature is about a young couple having trouble in their relationship. For example, they argue and talk about the troubles that they are facing in their relationship, however, despite their arguments they find their “home” within each other. It’s one of those songs where Harry sings about true love and finding comfort in just knowing a relationship is meant to be no matter what obstacles one may face.

If you’re one for romance and acoustic songs then this single is for you. The use of less instruments on this track compared to Harry’s other songs such as Kiwi really helps to bring out the romantic aspect of the lyrics. The crescendo of the guitar during the chorus, “Sweet creature, sweet creature wherever I go, you bring me home” creates an loving atmosphere. This is definitely a song to sing to your significant other right after a disagreement.

#6 Only Angel

The sixth track on the album is another song about a girl. This female is described as someone who wears short skirts and who appears to be rebellious yet angelic at the same time. She is an angel, his only angel.

This song continues with the same theme that surrounds the whole album, 70’s rock. The first 53 seconds of the beginning of the song seems to be very misleading with the slow rhythm it plays. As the song progresses afterwards it picks up speed and sounds very spunky and perky. It displays the familiar vibe of the Beatles 2.0. while keeping the vocals intact with the instruments such as the guitar.

This song is definitely is a song you can jam out to in the car.

#7 Kiwi

Hands down the best track in the whole entire album. Kiwi, according to Genius, is a song dedicated towards false rumors and how fame drives him crazy yet he loves it all the more.

The song is such a easy song to just dance along to alone in your room or with hard core Harry Styles fans or even with people who like upbeat songs. Although the song is the shortest one in the whole album there is just something so thrilling about how the drums create that hardcore 70’s rock vibe. Not to mention Harry’s voice reaches such high vocals towards the end of the song that leaves me breathless. There seems to be a short pause in between specific lyrics that increases the anticipation and dramatics of the song. It’s a perfect combination of rock and Beatles all mashed into one.

I listen to this song on repeat needless to say.

#8 Ever Since New York

Ever since New York is one of the simplest tracks on the album. Although it does not have much of any diversity in its lyrics it portrays heartbreak perfectly. Sometimes when suffering through a breakup there really aren’t any words you can say or feel. It can leave you speechless and repeating the same words like the song all at the same time.

One particular lyric has me in awe “Oh tell me something I don’t already know”. This lyric goes along with the theme of heartbreak and the slow folk-style of the song. The instruments used in this song such as the bass, drums, and guitars helped create the atmosphere of longing. Each lyric is perfectly dragged in a way that makes the heart in the way Harry sings so beautifully.

If you ever want to cry yourself to sleep, definitely give this song a listen.

#9 Woman

As another simple track in the album the slow rhythm of the song helps portray the idea of regret. Harry sings about the actions of his past mistakes that drove the woman he desires toward another man’s arms. “He’s right where I should, where I should be But you’re making me bleed.”

The only complaint I have about this song is that it constantly repeats the word “Woman” constantly I would have liked a little more length to the track and not just two verses with two pre-choruses.

However, I do have this to say for a small song in lyrics it certainly does make my heart hurt with the amount of emotion one can feel through Harry’s voice. I mean come on the slow beats of the instruments and the way Harry drags out the simplest of words has me closing my eyes and envisioning him dedicating this song to me in my (wildest) dreams. Not to mention the guitar solo is absolutely stunning.

Definitely a song I could listen to while reading a fanfiction.

#10 From the Dining Table

Just so you know, the song itself never mentions a dining table, nor is it literally about one like I initially thought when reading the title. It actually is about the general theme of the album: heartbreak. Harry sings in the second verse, “I saw your friend from work he said you feel just fine I see you gave him my old t-shirt more of what once was mine”. One can only conclude that the woman in the song has moved on from him with her coworker since their break-up. Although the woman has apparently moved on, it is clear that he has not since he spent the night with another female that looked just like her.

Harry did a great job with the lyrics and it’s definitely not written just to have a song in the album, it is relevant to almost everyone. In a way, I feel as if many people can relate to this song. There always seems to be that one person in the relationship who hasn’t quite moved on like the other and secretly longs for the relationship to rekindle itself once again.

I feel personally that Harry once again did an outstanding job with the acoustic work in the song. When it comes to heartbreak the only true way to do justice to one’s feeling is thorough acoustic work and a slow paced vocals.

Conclusion:

All in all I would say the the self titled album is perfect for those who like 60’s type of music such as punk rock and the Beatles. Although I thoroughly enjoyed the entire album I am more as a pop girl. Yet, even being so, I can not deny the artistic value that each song held. Harry set the standards high for himself and I can’t wait to see what he does in the future.