With today’s release of his debut solo single, the beloved singer is a testament to the fact that rushing greatness rarely works in one’s favor and that sometimes taking a break to restore one’s creative energy is a more fitting decision before diving in headfirst again.
As his new single proves to be well worth the wait for his fans, many are weighing in that when the singer is left to his own devices musically, he skews in a direction that is all too reminiscent of David Bowie - and in the best way possible. A stark contrast to the work he collaborated on with the pop sensation that helped him begin carving his legacy, Styles’ solo material is as majestic as it as captivating.
The song opens with the singer’s impassioned voice softly joined by an effortlessly sound piano melody and as the song unfolds, the moment captured is not rushed whatsoever but rather is developed gradually; a nod to Styles’ beginning to hone his songwriting skills in a new way. With the track almost reaching the six-minute mark, Styles depicts a somber scene, full of cryptically vague lyrics and an urgency to take action, as he sings a compelling argument that the end is near.
While the song’s design allows listeners to interpret the meaning as they wish, Styles revealed during an appearance on BBC Radio 1 that this is the song he’s the most proud of writing thus far. Considering the weight of it all, it’s clear “Sign of the Times” was pulled out of the very depths of Styles’ brilliant mind, expertly crafting a song that sets the bar extremely high for his forthcoming debut masterpiece.
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I’d like to introduce a Tatar folk tune via the song “Along the Riverside” performed by a 13 y.o. girl from my native city Kazan. She really touched the souls of two members of the jury at the “blind audition” of the Russian “Golos” /”The Voice”/ song project.
In one sketch, “Celebrity Family Feud: Time Travel Edition,” Styles
was called upon to play a young Mick Jagger, with Styles hilariously
embellishing the Rolling Stones singer’s trademark mannerisms.
Kenan Thompson’s Steve Harvey complimented Jagger’s solo output, the
singer responded, “Solo? Why would anyone in a successful band go solo?
That is insane,” a nod to the (temporary?) dissolution of Styles’ One
The “Celebrity Family Feud” bit was one of three sketches that the singer and burgeoning actor appeared in as Styles planted the seeds for a potential SNL hosting/musical guest double duty spot in the not-to-distant future.
And I’ll wait for you As if I’m waiting for the stone to stop I’ve heard them talking About how I’m gonna put you off Tell me, how can I put you off When you’re a matter of urgency I’ve got a million things that I need to do But they’re all secondary