The lyrics are a bit sad but it’s still a song you can sway to ya know? Harry’s voice is phenomenal as usual and this song really showcases his vocal range which I’m all for. Niall’s voice is also fantastic as usual and the backing vocals (which I think are Liam?) are just as good and pull the song together. The sped up singing bit for the bridge is also very cool.
Favourite Lyric: Oh I wish I could be more like you / Do you wish you could be more like me?
2. Drag Me Down
It’s been out for awhile but I’m lovin’ the EDM sort of trap music feel they’ve put in, it’s sick. And I continually have people telling me they like it when they used to think One Direction sucked which pleases me. I think it was a good choice for their first single because of the lyrics added on to it being the first released song without Zayn. I think of it as an ode to the fans for sticking around, which I like.
I got a river for a soul / And baby you’re a boat / Baby you’re my only reason
I like this one. It’s got good vocals, good lyrics and the little drop into the chorus is pretty sick. I do like the quiet bridge bit with Harry’s vocals that was really good. Overall not my favourite on the album but certainly not my least favourite.
And if you like cameras flashing every time we go out, oh, yeah / And if you’re looking for someone to write your breakup songs about / Baby, I’m perfect
This might be my least favourite. There’s nothing that I think is truly awful about it, the vocals and lyrics are very good. The music it’s self is pretty good, fairly basic but that’s not saying it’s bad. It’s just not one of my favourites and I don’t really think it sounds good live or is a good choice for a live song. It’s a ballad but it certainly isn’t this albums 18.
Eyes can’t shine / Unless there’s something burning bright behind / Since you went away, there’s nothing left in mine
5. End Of The Day
I love this song. Definitely one of my favourites. I like the sound, the lyrics, and the vocals are awesome. I think what makes it for me is the music and the overall sound, the little bit in the last line of the verses just makes me intensely happy. All of the boys vocals on this track are exceptional. I also love the little bit when Niall/Louis sings “and me” in the pre-chorus the editing there on their voices is a cool effect. Once again, lovin’ the bridge.
Favourite Lyric: The priest thinks it’s the devil, my mum thinks it’s the flu / but girl, it’s only you
6. If I Could Fly
I love the simplicity of just the piano and the voice in this. This is a beautiful ballad and kind of reminds me of Adele honestly or this song from AVPSY called “When You Have To Go All The Way Home” (look it up). The boys vocals are also showcased beautifully on this track and the harmonies are amazing. The little quiet chorus vocals are really exceptional especially. Though it seems sad I think it’s really more of a reassurance song which is much better. Overall it’s a beautiful track lyrically and musically.
Now you know me, for your eyes only
7. Long Way Down
I like the beginning few notes, a lot. Niall’s voice in the beginning is also beautiful and I’m glad we got to hear this side of it. I like that bit when you’re anticipating a drop into the chorus and then there is none. Louis’ solo also gives us a new side to is vocals and I like that his vocal track seemed very raw. Overall it’s kinda sad but I think the song is about a relationship that was very difficult but had a lot of emotions involved in it and when it ends you knew it had to but it’s sad because you do love them. It’s pretty sad but good music is sad sometimes and I really like this track.
I try to forgive you / But I struggle cause I don’t know how
8. Never Enough
This is the kind of song that comes on the radio and someone screams “THIS IS MY JAM!”. It’s a feel good song and I can practically see me singing this with my friends on a road trip or just in the car by myself and then showing up wherever overly happy. The beginning bit with that noise I can’t even describe kind of reminds me of Hooked On A Feeling. I also love the Du Dum Da’s or whatever. The song as a whole is fantastic and I am just in love with it.
I don’t need my love / You can take it, you can take it, take it
This is also a jam song. Liam you little shit in that interview like “I live for you, I long for you… insert name here”. I get it now Liam you’re very clever. Anyway this song is just feel good dance around in your underwear kind of song. I love the trumpets in the back and I kind of get a Beatles feel from this song actually. I love The Beatles so I think this song is fantastic. Louis’ voice is also really shown off in his solo bit and I love it. The vocals are good, musics good, lyrics are good, and I like the beginning and end bit with the kind of studio voices. Reminds me of the beginning of Lovebug by the Jonas Brothers.
Favourite Lyric: Please believe me, don’t you see / The things you mean to me?
10. What A Feeling
I’m definitely hearing the Fleetwood Mac influence and I’m lovin’ it. I was raised on Fleetwood Mac and all those types of bands so I’m digging this song. The lyrics are cute and the vocals on this track are also really good. I think the best part about this song is the music in general. The vocals and lyrics are good but there certainly not the best on the album, the music makes this song for me.
Favourite Lyric: What a feeling to be a king beside you, somehow
11. Love You Goodbye
It’s a sad love song. I think it’s about the moment of closure in a long relationship. When a long relationship ends there’s always a moment when you really feel like it has ended and I think this is describing that. It’s beautiful musically, vocally, and lyrically. I think the idea of not necessarily wanting the relationship but wanting one last moment together, it’s really beautiful and they captured it wonderfully.
My heart’s already breaking, baby, go on, twist the knife
12. I Want To Write You A Song
This one is my personal favourite. It’s sweet and I’m always a fan of more acoustic style songs. Their voices sound really good and gentle on this track and we hear a new side of Louis’ which is always great. I also like the little sound of someone writing in the background of the song I think that’s a interesting effect. It’s a sweet song that just makes me think of like cuddling with someone and I like that. It’s about this idea of not being able to write a song that is perfect enough for that person and I think that’s really adorable.
So any time I’m gone / You can listen to my voice and sing along / I want to write you a song
This is a song to the fans. It’s reassuring us that they are gonna stay strong and stay together and its really awesome that they did that. I think it’s pretty cool they got some fans in the studio for it as well. The chorus is really cool because it has the whole crowd singing along feel and the song overall is really good. The music is kind of chill sing along and sway music. It’s a cool idea and the concept overall and the recording process is really awesome.
You and me got a whole lot of history, oh / We could be the greatest team that the world has ever seen
14. Temporary Fix
No Control 2.0. It’s literally about a booty call and I love it. This is an awesome bouncing around singing song. Every album had this song I Want to Rock Me to Alive to No Control and now, Temporary Fix. It’s awesome and a little bit grungy but it’s real and shows how much the boys have matured. The vocals are also excellent on this one and the guitar is awesome on this one. Overall I love it, it’s a bit more rocky then the other ones and it really adds to the album.
If you’re not hooked to anything right now, I can be your vice
15. Walking In The Wind
It’s a bittersweet goodbye. I think it’s about the whole idea of if you love someone let them go and then also the idea that if they love you they’ll come back. I think this could also be related to the break which was maybe not their intention but I’m gonna take it that way because I can. It’s for this idea that yeah their taking a break, their all gonna do their own thing but , this isn’t the last time One Direction is happening. I think the fans can relate to it this way and find comfort in it. Harry’s vocals on this track are as usual phenomenal. They all but Harry is killing it with that bridge. Overall I love it the lyrics and the music are exceptional.
Goodbyes are bittersweet / But it’s not the end / I’ll see your face again
This song is just so 70′s. I showed it to my Mom and she literally said that exact thing and she’s from the 70′s. I love it though it’s another dance around song and its also like sing along on a road trip and I really love those types of songs. It was also written by Niam which I’m diggin’. I really like this and the oo’s sort being like wolf howls in the back of the chorus. The pre-chorus bit is also really cool sounding.
In the middle of the night when the wolves come out / Headed straight for your heart like a bullet in the dark
It’s this albums pub song. I’m serious I will fight people about this. The last one was Act My Age it’s like right at when a pub is in full swing packed with people that’s Act My Age. A.M. is like the last call. It’s the moment with all your friends when you gotta go home but you don’t want to because you’re having fun and you’re not ready to say goodbye yet. It’s good and I think a really good song to have the album end on. The lyrics are great and also OT4 wrote it which I think is cool.
We’re just swimming round in our glasses / And talking out of our asses / Like we’re all gonna make it
Side note: I realized while doing this One Direction talk about about being boats or girls being boats, coincidence? I think not. Louis still needs a boat guys, he needs a boat.