Harry Styles’ New Album | My New Obsession
If you follow me on Spotify, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve had Harry Styles’ new album on relentless repeat since it came out last Friday. Whether or not you follow me on “the Spots” (as I call it), if you know me at all you probably have heard me say heated things against One Direction for the past few years, so me liking Harry’s solo work is likely shocking you. (Not to put thoughts into your brain, words in your mouth, whatever they say.) But yet, here I am, loving it.
THE BACK STORY
On April 15, I jumped on the nation’s bandwagon and watched the beloved Jimmy Fallon host Saturday Night Live (live for the first time in all US time zones!). Harry Styles was also there. I noted this, thought huh,and then moved on. I watched the episode while designing my online portfolio, and I wasn’t paying much attention to the sketches.
But then Harry started singing and gave me no choice but to pay attention. Eyes closed, clad in plaid blazer, he wailed, and it was beautiful. Immediately I added “Sign of the Times” to Buds (my spring playlist) and patiently waited for a full album.
FRIENDS, THE WAIT IS OVER
Harry Style’s new album Harry Styles is here. It is exactly what I think a debut album should be. I’ve read some critics say is has missed the mark, but I disagree. While listening to the album, I’ve noted that most of the songs call to mind an iconic rock artist whom Harry seems to be emulating, which isn’t a bad thing at all. The best way to develop an original style is to copy the masters, until your own voice emerges from the myriad of influences.
Here’s a brief overview of my favorite songs from Harry Style’s new album:
How would I tell her that she’s all I think about?
Well, I guess she just found out
If “Paperback Writer” and “The Ballad of John and Yoko” loved each other very much, that would explain how this song entered the world. “Carolina” provides the perfect blast of 60s rock in the 21st century that my first week of summer break needs (my NYC Spotify playlist also needs it – be patient, I’m still developing this playlist).
Couldn’t take you home to mother in a skirt that short
But I think that’s what I like about it
It’s a little Beatles, a little Bowie, a little Arctic Monkeys and a lot of fun. Try playing this one loud while driving with the windows down. That’s what I do.
When she’s alone, she goes home to a cactus
In a black dress, she’s such an actress
Yet another tribute to some individualistic woman in the narrator’s life (I’m a Writing major, and so I’ve learned that we should never assume that the person singing/writing is the narrator unless explicitly told so). I get a very strong early Arctic Monkeys vibe (“I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor”). Another windows down song.
EVER SINCE NEW YORK
And I’ve been praying, I never did before
Understand I’m talking to the walls
I’ve been praying ever since New York
My final favorite is a mellow shift from the rest – a song to be played on a rainy walk through the city, when you’re lost in introspection. I like rain and walks and introspection, so I’ve probably listened to this one most of all (if I figure out how to see Spotify analytics, I will know for sure).
Go check it out
That’s enough from me. I can tell you that these four songs – and the rest of the album – are great, but you need to go listen for yourself. (On a separate note, if anyone wants to buy me the vinyl, I would cry and make you some desserts as a thank you.)