harry styles and sam mccarthy

the 3 emotions; a 3 part playlist

part I: for when you feel broken

therapy//all time low / landfill//daughter / pieces//sum 41 / moments//one direction / adam's song//blink 182 / invisible//skylar grey/ me//the 1975 / breathe me//sia / the boy who blocked his own shot//brand new/ high and dry//radiohead / these four walls//little mix / possibility//lykke li / the past//never shout never / give me love//ed sheeran / alibis//marianas trench / run//snow patrol / sleeping sickness//city and colour / lullabies//all time low / 9 crimes//damien rice / numb//linkin park

part II: for when you need motivation to keep going

stay alive//josé gonzález / look after you//louis tomlinson / warrior//demi lovato / keep your head up//ben howard / stay awake (dreams only last for a night)//all time low / through the dark//one direction / f**kin' perfect//p!nk / invincible//hedley / fix you//coldplay / the quiet things that no one ever knows (acoustic)//brand new / champagne supernova//oasis / take care//beach house / i will follow you into the dark//death cab for cutie / just the little things//one direction & bruno mars / good enough//little mix / don't let me go//sam mccarthy feat. harry styles / i am not a robot//marina and the diamonds

part III: for when you're ready to be happy again

horchata//vampire weekend / best day of my life//american authors / happy//pharrell williams / why don't we go there//one direction / sail into the sun//gentlemen hall / on our way//the royal concept / ready or not//bridget mendler / this is an adventure//the lighthouse and the whaler / wings//little mix / say it just say it//the mowgli's / wild heart//the vamps / unpredictable//5 seconds of summer / two fingers//jake bugg / weightless//all time low / chloe (you're the one i want)//emblem3 / little games//the colourist / woodland//the paper kites / dance with me tonight//olly murs

LISTEN: part I / part II / part IIIhope you enjoy ! (:

almost is never enough. [+listen]

a mix of slow, sad love songs for the couple that are always on my mind

i. this love - taylor swift / ii. teenage dream - darren criss (katy perry cover) / iii. don’t let me go - harry styles ft. sam mccarthy / iv. memo- years and years / v. almost is never enough - ariana grande ft. nathan sykes / vi. how long will i love you - ellie goulding / vii. love me harder - ariana grande ft. the weeknd / viii. god damn you’re beautiful - chester see

One Direction - Unreleased and TXF songs

The X Factor UK - 2010

- Torn (Judge’s House)

- Viva La Vida

- My Life Would Suck Without You

- Nobody Knows

- Total Eclipse Of The Heart

- Kids In America

- The Way You Look Tonight

- All You Need Is Love

- Summer Of ‘69

- You Are So Beautiful

- Only Girl (In The World)

- Chasing Cars

- Your Song

- She’s The One (with Robbie Williams)

- Torn (Final)

Unreleased Songs

- Forever Young

- Another World 

- I Should Have Kissed You

- Just Can’t Let Her Go


- Because Of You (Louis Tomlinson)

- Don’t Let Me Go (Harry Styles & Sam McCarthy)

- Grenade (Live)

- I Gotta Feeling/ Stereo Heart/ Valerie/ Torn (Live)

- I’m Yours 

- It’s Time To Get Up 

- Look After You (Louis Tomlinson)

- Your Math Skills Are Terrible

- You Belong With Me (Zayn Malik)

- Wonderwall

- Vas Happenin’ Boys?

- Use Somebody

- Teenage Dirtbag

- Crawl (Louis Tomlinson)

- I Gotta Feeling (Louis Tomlinson)

If you want any of these songs, just ask us or send us an email on four1dnews@hotmail.com xx

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Cute, sad and lovely songs!

say something - alex and sierra | gravity - john mayer | apologize - onerepublic | little things - one direction | don’t let me go - harry styles feat. sam mccarthy | my love is like a star - demi lovato | just a little bit of your heart - ariana grande | heaven’s gonna wait - hedley | amnesia - 5 seconds of summer | everything has change - taylor swift feat. ed sheeran | all of the stars - ed sheeran | she was the one - the vamps | same mistakes - one direction | a thousand years - christina perri | skinny love - birdy | close as strangers - 5 seconds of summer | perfect - hedley | what you wanted (acoustic) - onerepublic | atlas - coldplay | someday we’ll know - new radicals | wanted - hunter hayes | sweater weather - the neighbourhood | we remain - christina aguilera | love is on the radio - mcfly | love me for me - cher lloyd | risk it all - the vamps | unconditionally - katy perry | when the darkness comes - colbie caillat | fix you - coldplay | fall - justin bieber | let her go - passenger | sirens - cher lloyd | summertime sadness - lana del rey | look after you - the fray | heartbreaker - justin bieber | far away - nickelback | teenage dream - boyce avenue | use somebody - kings of leon | closer - kings of leon | stay with me - sam smith | everything - life house | walk in the sun - mcfly | undisclosed desires - muse | all of me - john legend | circles - passenger | stay - rihanna feat. mikky ekko | safe and sound - taylor swift | can’t stand it - never shout never | beating heart - ellie goulding | not about angels - birdy | right now - one direction

“I’ll be home soon.” - Harry’s on tour and the ache of missing him is spreading. X

1. Say Something – A Great Big World feat. Christina Aguilera // 2. Something Great – One Direction // 3. Beside You – 5 Seconds of Summer // 4. Don’t Let Me Go – Sam McCarthy feat. Harry Styles // 5. Atlas Hands – Benjamin Francis Leftwich // 6. Therapy – All Time Low // 7. Wings – Birdy // 8. Goodnight Moon – Go Radio // 9. Never Let Me Go – Florence + The Machine // 10. All I Want – Kodaline // 11. Figure 8 – Ellie Goulding // 12. Towards The Sun – Alexi Murdoch // 13. These Four Walls – Little Mix // 14. Stay – Mayday Parade // 15. Still – Daughter // 16. Over My Head (Cable Car) – The Fray // 17. My Hands – Leona Lewis // 18. If You Ever Come Back – The Script // 19. I Miss You – Blink 182 // 20. Here With Me – Dido // 21. Bloodstream – Stateless // 22. In My Veins – Andrew Belle feat. Erin McCarley // 23. Open Season – High Highs

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01. James Taylor - Fire and Rain // 02. One Direction - Happily // 03. Rosi Golan feat. William Fitzsimmons - Hazy // 04. Ed Sheeran - Fall // 05. Labrinth feat. Emeli Sandé - Beneath Your Beautiful // 06. One Direction - You and I // 07. Darren Criss - Human // 08. Bright Eyes - First Day Of My Life // 09. Christina Perri - Arms // 10. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Home // 11. Miley Cyrus - Adore You // 12. Rouge Wave - Eyes // 13. Lewis Watson - Bones // 14. Travis - Flowers in the Window // 15. Sam Mccarthy feat. Harry Styles - Don’t Let Me Go // 16. Mads Langer - Heartquake // 17. 5 Seconds of Summer - Wherever You Are // 18. One Direction - Half a Heart

Louis&Harry Playlist

1. Read All About it ~ Emeli Sande (x) (shut up it’s a classic)

2. Grow Old With Me ~ Tom Odell (x)

3. Truly, Madly, Deeply ~ One Direction (x)

4. Butterflies ~ Lucy Spraggan (x)

5. Fall ~ Ed Sheeran (x)

6. Don’t Let Me Go ~ Sam McCarthy featuring Harry Styles (x)

7. Kiss Me ~ Ed Sheeran (x)

8. I Won’t Give up ~ Jason Mraz (x)

9. In a State ~ Lucy Spraggan (x)

10. Safe ~ Lucy Spraggan (x)

11. Yes, This One’s For You ~ Lucy Spraggan (x)(seriously go listen to this girl she’s perfect)

12. Everything Has Changed ~ Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran (x)

13. Another Love ~ Tom Odell (x)

14. Strong ~ One Direction (x)

15. If I Had The Money ~ Lucy Spraggan (x) (yes I do realise they’re multi-millionaires leave me alone I had feels)

16. Busy ~ Olly Murs (x)

17. Over Again ~ One Direction (x)

18. Still Into You ~ Paramore (x)

19. So ~ Ed Sheeran (x)

20. Lighthouse ~ Lucy Spraggan (x) (nautical tattoo feels everyone :’( )

(video’s aren’t mine credit to the owners:)

// T H I N G S  I  C A N ’ T //
Everything We Had – The Academy Is… // Remember This – Artist Vs Poet // All I Want – Kodaline // No More San Francisco – Craig Owens // Sense – Tom Odell // Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus // Say Something – A Great Big World // Terrible Things – Mayday Parade // Tired and Uninspired – My American Heart // Don’t Let Me Go (feat. Harry Styles) – Sam McCarthy // On My Own – The Used // What If You Don’t – Go Radio // Always Attract – You Me At Six //

Listen: 8tracks

Don't Let Me Go
Harry Styles & Sam McCarthy
Don't Let Me Go


Now you were standing there right in front of me
I hold on scared and harder to breath
All of a sudden these lights are blinding me
I never noticed how bright they would be
I saw in the corner there is a photograph
No doubt in my mind it’s a picture of you
It lies there alone in its bed of broken glass
This bed was never made for two

I’ll keep my eyes wide open
I’ll keep my arms wide open

Don’t let me
Don’t let me
Don’t let me go
‘Cause I’m tired of feeling alone
Don’t let me
Don’t let me go
'Cause I’m tired of feeling alone

I promise one day I’ll bring you back a star
I caught one and it burned a hole in my hand oh
Seems like these days I watch you from afar
Just trying to make you understand

I’ll keep my eyes wide open 


Don’t let me
Don’t let me
Don’t let me go
'Cause I’m tired of feeling alone
Don’t let me
Don’t let me go

Don’t let me
Don’t let me
Don’t let me go
'Cause I’m tired of feeling alone
Don’t let me
Don’t let me
Don’t let me go
'Cause I’m tired of feeling alone
Don’t let me
Don’t let me go
'Cause I’m tired of sleeping alone

MitAM Analysis: Introduction

After the excitement of Drag Me Down, the subsequent releases of “Infinity” and “Perfect” were so comparatively lacklustre that I wasn’t sure I was going to want to do the same kind of detailed analysis on this album as I did on the previous two.

Fortunately, the rest of the album convinced me.  In listening to the whole thing, a few things struck me:


One thing I was interested to find out was how they’re handling vocals now that they only have four members.  With the kind of harmonies they have historically done, they had a surplus of voices to work with, and didn’t have to be as careful in the way they deployed them. They’ve done some really interesting and new things (comparative to previous 1D material, though it’s not exactly revolutionary in the broader context of pop music in general, which is fine) and I found myself weeping and keening more than once, just because I was so freaking happy with some of the things they’ve done with the vocal arrangements.  I’m particularly fond of If I Could Fly on this score.

Not only that, but each of them has moments of glory that surpass what we’ve heard from them before.  Well, except for Liam, who kind of hit a plateau about three albums ago.  And I was disappointed not to hear more of Harry’s falsetto, but there are little peeks here and there, which is some consolation.  I was worried it had disappeared entirely.  Niall and Louis are fucking superstars on this album and I have a mighty need to hear several of their heavier tracks live.

Overall Sound / Mixing

This album is still. mixed. too. loud.  There are moments of greater clarity, but where textures are thicker, they’re really thick, and there’s an awful lot of compression happening.  I’ll get used to it, eventually, but it’s still really bothering me.

There’s also a lot of reverb-y background-wash stuff, not to mention just a lot of reverb in general.  I think it’s unnecessary and contributes to a kind of messy feel to the album.  This may be personal preference, but I just don’t think it’s necessary to make everything so mushy.



Okay, I don’t love absolutely everything that’s happening of this album, and there are some really obvious harmony fails that make me facepalm, but this is album contains what is, hands down, some of the most interesting and unexpected stuff that we’ve heard from this group.  There are, what, four tracks in compound time?  On a millennial pop album?  Are you fucking kidding me? I love it.  There are really clear funk/boogie/blues influences on several tracks and even an a-capella-style vocal bass line on Never Enough (spoiler alert: this is my lipsync-in-public-without-shame track of the album) which, what the actual fuck, One Direction, give me more, I love it.

Speaking of what the fuck, we have strings and a horn section on this album.  Let me repeat: STRINGS.  AND A HORN SECTION.  Listen, I grew up listening to Chicago, and while the songwriting here doesn’t even nearly approach the level of compositional facility that Chicago displayed over the years, there is some really neat scoring here.


I’ll be honest, I’m a bit baffled by several of the tracks, lyrically.  It makes sense for a while and then there’s a wrench thrown in and we get an entire verse or bridge that’s absolutely nonsensical and I’m still figuring out how they’re supposed to fit into the meaning of those tracks.

Some tracks are absolutely delightful, though.  Wait until I hit Olivia. I was so charmed by Harry’s writing.

I also noticed some running themes and repeated ideas.  There are two instances of a girl “wearing my t-shirt” and a couple of “don’t let me go"s (which destroy me, for reasons that should be obvious if you were around for the Harry Styles/Sam McCarthy "leak”).  There’s also a recurring reference to, basically, gravity: it’s a long way down, nobody can drag me down, etc.


I’ll definitely be talking about all these things in more detail as they pertain to each track.  Overall, this album isn’t particularly unified and doesn’t always flow that well, but it’s absolutely a step forward in sound and in terms of the little things that casual listeners wouldn’t notice - vocal development things, mostly. They’re still reaching back to earlier eras for a lot of their sound inspirations, sometimes in very specific ways, which is something they’ve done before, but with different particular influences.

Overall, I’m far happier with this album than I thought I was going to be after the second single was released.  It’s already approaching the “every single song triggers warm feelings” stage of listening, so I need to get this analysis done before I stop being able to hear the flaws.