One Direction has done it again. These five British heartthrobs: Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, and Liam Payne have done the impossible and created an album that blew their first album out of the water. With their first album “Up All Night
” going platinum in several different countries, it seemed as though they could never really top their current success. Wrong. “Take Me Home” shows the tremendous change in vocal and all around maturity of the guys between the two albums. After already going platinum just in pre-orders, I had to listen to “Take Me Home
” for myself and see if this second album could really top their first.
The first track on the album “Live While We’re Young
” (vote for the music video on The Countdown!
) was the first single released from the new album Take Me Home. This track is almost a spitting image of the kind of hit the band’s song “What Makes You Beautiful” came to be. This track was a great first single that reminded everyone of the upbeat, poppy, fun music that the One Direction boys are known for. After already being featured in several commercials including the One Direction and Drew Brees Pepsi commercial, it is clear that not only this song’s success, but the boys success as well is not just temporary.
Next the track “Kiss You”, keeps up with familiar poppy One Direction sound. Only this time, the lyrics seem to be a little more mature. The difference of this track is that while it is very clearly a pop song and definitely makes you want to dance, it doesn’t give you that headache like some pop songs have the tendency to do. Definitely one that you literally cannot resist dancing to!
“Little Things”, one of the two songs on the album written by fellow British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran and the second single off the album, is one that puts One Direction on a completely new level. This song with lyrics like “you still have to squeeze into your jeans, but you’re perfect to me” reaches a whole new audience. Between the constant pressure of the media and society to look a certain way, hearing five grounded, undeniably good looking boys sing these lyrics is just what adolescent girls need to hear. With the simple acoustic guitar and the boys’ raw natural voices, this song tugs at the heartstrings. It takes One Direction from being just an upbeat boy band, to a band with depth and meaning behind their songs. Definitely one of my, and many others, favorite tracks on the album.
From there, the album transitions back into more of the previously known One Direction with the song “C’mon C’mon”. This track definitely sounds like it could have been straight off of their first album, “Up All Night”. While it definitely resembles the typical pop songs found on the previous album, it still has that more developed sound that becomes a trend throughout the new album. Definitely one that will catch your attention and dare you not to get up and dance!
“Last First Kiss” is probably my least favorite on the album. While it still has that awesome One Direction vibe, it doesn’t really achieve that until the chorus. The verses are a little slow, but then the song grabs your attention again in the chorus. With a different arrangement of the song it would probably be more of a hit, but it just kind of gets lost in the crowd in comparison to the many hits on the rest of the album.
Next is the track “Heart Attack”. In an interview, Harry Styles stated that this is one of his favorite tracks on the album. As a fan of his, I was very excited to listen to this one especially. It definitely does not disappoint. It starts off a tad slow, but still as upbeat and fun as all get out. But, it’s the chorus that really sells it. In the chorus the lyrics explain “And I’m like OW, you’re giving me a heart attack looking like you do-ooh.” If the upbeat sing-song lyrics in the chorus don’t get ya, then the incorporated “ow’s” will make it impossible not to sing along.
“Rock Me” is probably the catchiest song on the album. With it’s imitation of Queen’s “We Will Rock You”, this song will be one of those songs that blows you away when you hear it live. Between the suggestive lyrics and the sytnth-claps, once again you can’t help but dance and sing along to this track.
From there, we go back to the deeper side of One Direction. The next track, and one of my favorites “Change My Mind” shows a little bit more of the sentimental British guys. The lyrics to the bridge “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more? As I'm walking towards the door I'm not sure”, relate to a lot of their audience, and as you see on most of the album, show their development as a band and as songwriters. Definitely another well put together track.
“I Would” is another one of my absolute favorites on this album, but for completely different reasons. This track is just fun. The upbeat tempo throughout the entire song accompanied by the humorous lyrics make this song one that will be popular amongst multiple audiences. With lyrics like “Would he say he’s in L-O-V-E, well if it was me then I would, I would” and “I can’t compete with your boyfriend, he’s got twenty-seven tattoos”, the guys just dare you to not belt out the lyrics in your car.
The next track, and the second of the songs written by Ed Sheeran, is “Over Again.” If you have ever listened to Ed Sheeran, you will know by the very first lyrics “Said I’d never leave her, cause her hands fit like my t-shirt” that this was clearly written by him. Just like “Little Things”, this track helps One Direction reach a different level. If you get past the fact that it drips of Sheeran, then you can truly appreciate via this song the way that they’ve grown as a band and the way that their voices have developed over the past couple years.
“Back For You”, is structured similar to “Last First Kiss”. Once again, not one of my favorites, but it still gives that incredible upbeat ‘dance until you can’t feel’. The verses are a little slow, but once again the chorus just explodes and gets you off your feet. This track also utilizes Zayn Malik’s riffs and talent fairly well. Zayn especially is known for his uncanny ability to hit incredible notes and there are points in this track that his ability his put to use.
“They Don’t Know About Us” takes you back to the good old 90’s boy band era. Many have heard this song while it’s been blaring from my laptop and said, “Oh, is this Backstreet Boys?” Not only is this song incredibly catchy and as stated before reminiscent of the glory days, but also the lyrics are incredibly complimentary of the song and to the ear. “They don’t know about the things we do, they don’t know about the ‘I love yous’, but I bet you if they only knew they would just be jealous of us. They don’t know about the up all nights, they don’t know I’ve waited all my life to find a love that feels this right.” Now, if that doesn’t just make you swoon then I don’t know what will! Once again, like several other tracks on this album, the use of each of their specific talents is utilized perfectly and especially on this track in particular.
The last track on the album, “Summer Love”, sounds like it came straight out of the popular Disney move Camp Rock. This song definitely paints a picture in your mind of the five guys sitting around a campfire casually strumming on an acoustic guitar and reminiscing on their summer loves. It is a little slower, but once again utilizes each boy’s particular talents to make a great sweet, sentimental song that many people will be able to relate to.
It’s pretty easy to see that the only direction that One Direction is going in is up. “Take Me Home
” was a great sophomore album for these five guys. The album showed not only their vocal maturity over the past couple years, but also their all around maturity as well. The guys did an incredible job of sticking to their previous One Direction appeal as well as exploring a couple of other different styles as well. All I can say is check out Take Me Home in stores and on iTunes November 13th, and see for yourself the incredibly talented invasion that is One Direction!