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01. Steal My Girl
02. Ready to Run
03. Where Do Broken Hearts Go
04. 18
05. Girl Almighty
06. Fool’s Gold
07. Night Changes
08. No Control
09. Fireproof
10. Spaces
11. Stockholm Syndrome
12. Clouds

One Direction members:
    Niall Horan
    Zayn Malik
    Liam Payne
    Harry Styles
    Louis Tomlinson

 

There are lots of people who would like to see One Direction fail. Namely those who believe they have superior music taste because they listen to music in a less radio-friendly genre, or created by bands old enough to be their grandparents. And yes, it is easy to hate the popular boy band, especially if you believe they are riding on their good looks to get them plays. (At least, we’d assume it’d be easy, we wouldn’t know.) So, yeah, we mean it when we say One Direction had something to prove with their fourth studio album, aptly titled FOUR. Not only did they need an album to shut those boy band critics up, but they also needed to release something their longtime fans knew they were capable of. FOUR is exactly that.

While 2013’s Midnight Memories hinted to the direction the quintet was leaning towards, it wasn’t as coherent of a piece, genre jumping with each track. What makes FOUR so wonderful is the fact that it actually sounds like what the One Direction guys would wont to release. It fits them, and it fits with their growth. That isn’t to diminish any of their previous works, mind you. They were all good in their own rights, but listeners will be hard pressed to find much wrong with this album.

Notably, opening track ‘Steal My Girl’ is a lackluster, overproduced attempt to hold onto the vestiges of the sugar coated boy band 1D started as. As the first single, it is very misleading to what actually follows, and in a perfect world, it would have been left off the release completely. The following songs, however, are a wonderful amalgamation of rock, folk and boy band harmonies written with the stadiums the band will be touring in the upcoming year.

It’s tough to choose a favorite track amongst the 12, all of them bring something to the album, making it quite hard to skip any of them-- save the aforementioned single. ‘Where Do Broken Hearts Go’ is, however, a personal favorite. Full to the brim with stadium ready guitars and drums, it could be all the band plays on their next tour and we would probably be just fine with that. ‘Girl Almighty’, ‘No Control’ and ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ will also undoubtedly be favorites on the album, and hopefully the set list.

Closing track ‘Clouds’ is also a standout as it has what is certainly the best guitar licks on any One Direction track. It is the perfect ending to the album and will definitely be a perfect closer to their shows. (We can practically see the fireworks and hear the crowd screaming when we listen to it.)

What is most notable about the release, is that there are only two songs that weren’t written with the help of a member of the band-- ‘18’ and ‘Girl Almighty’-- which is probably why every song seems to fit together so well. Even the lyricism has taken a step upwards, proving that not only has the quintet grown in their vocal talent but also in their songwriting skills. Add that to the fact that each and every member is showcased throughout the release, a major turnaround from their first release, and you have an amazingly put together piece of pop that will not only please old fans, but bring aboard a slew of new ones.

We aren’t saying you have to love boy bands now, or even that you have to love anything else this boy band has put out, but we are saying you are missing out if you write off this release based on personal biases against genres and band types. FOUR is not just another release from One Direction, but it may very well be their magnum opus. Listening to it is listening to a band discovering themselves, and there is nothing like the feeling of hearing a band finally find their sound. We aren’t sure where else they can go from here, or how they can top it, but given their timeline we have a year before we have to cross that bridge. ---Victoria Patneaude, alterthepress.com

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01 – Best Song Ever
02 – Story Of My Life
03 – Diana
04 – Midnight Memories
05 – You And I
06 – Don’t Forget Where You Belong
07 – Strong
08 – Happily
09 – Right Now
10 – Little Black Dress
11 – Through The Dark
12 – Something Great
13 – Little White Lies
14 – Better Than Words
15 – Why We Don’t Go There
16 – Does He Know
17 – Alive
18 – Half A Heart

Members:
    Niall Horan
    Zayn Malik
    Liam Payne
    Harry Styles
    Louis Tomlinson

 

Boasting a sound the group originally teased as being a bit more rock-driven, Midnight Memories arrives in stores this month to solidify One Direction’s place as the latest greatest boy band of all time. Forget about Bieber’s hijinks in Brazil, as well as any notions you may have that the other pop groups can hold a candle to 1D’s popularity, because I’ll tell you right off the top, this album is one of the catchiest albums of the year. It’s as sugar-coated as music can be, and yes, its depth is comparable to a kiddie pool, but 1D have put together a collection of potential chart-toppers that demands your full attention and plenty of repeat listens.

It’s hard to believe the latest boy band trend has been around long enough for One Direction to be on their third album, but that is exactly where we find ourselves in November 2013. The boys of 1D have sold out every venue imaginable worldwide, (not to mention having a box office-topping theatrical release, no less), and with their latest release they hope to prove they still have plenty left to offer.

Kicking things off with a dose of familiarity, Midnight Memories leads with the infectious one-two punch of “Best Song Ever” and “Story Of My Life.” These tracks, which also doubled as the first two singles off the album, serves as a blueprint for everything listeners will encounter on the songs that follow. Each track off Midnight Memories either falls into the category of wall-of-sound pop hit (usually with thumping bass) or heartfelt quasi-ballad (often complete with thumping bass). Neither is a bad thing, especially when you have the kind of money for production and songwriting 1D can afford, and for pop fans seeking a collection of catchy tunes to sing along to in the weeks to come, there is nothing better on the market right now.

There is an impressive flow and sense of cohesion to Midnight Memories that almost boggles my mind. One Direction are in the business of singles and branding, but they’ve put extra effort into formulating a record that plays well from beginning to end. You could skip to your favorite if you like, but no song is so bad you’ll want to pass it by on each play. Whether it’s the rock influenced catchiness of “Diana” and “Little Black Dress,” or the acoustic simplicity of “Through The Dark,” it’s all above average as far as current pop music is concerned, and it’s so far removed from the world of EDM (for the most part) that it’s downright refreshing.

One Direction exist in this rare niche of music making where albums fall into the category of being all good, all bad, or better as individual singles. I cannot speak to the quality of every album in their catalog, but Midnight Memories is one of those rare gifts from the pop music gods that plays great as both an album and individual tracks. It’s a party in an album, but still so much more, and it showcases sides of 1D fans have yet to experience in a way that leaves you excited for the future. If you love pop music and are not ashamed to embrace the power of boy bands, there is absolutely no reason Midnight Memories should be left off your holiday wish list. ---James Shotwell, underthegunreview.net

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