One Direction, the glorious boy band that changed my life when I was 12, has done it again with their fourth album titled “Four.”
The five boys formed the band with the help of Simon Cowell on the UK’s X Factor in 2010 and came in third place in the competition. Later that year they were signed to Sony Records by Cowell himself.
This summer my dad surprised me and my three best friends with tickets to see One Direction in March 2015 at the Singapore Sports Hub. As a super fan, I was overwhelmed with excitement but a little cautious – I was worried their new album wouldn’t be as outstanding as their last album “Midnight Memories.” But to my amazement, “Four” is just as good, maybe better. It has a much more mature sound, proving that the music is growing with the boys as they age. The great thing about “Four” is that even if you aren’t a fan, you will enjoy it.
Hits and misses of the album
Their first single, “Steal My Girl,” was the perfect song to drop first because it has a catchy rhythm. It doesn’t have too much meaning behind it, but it’s something you can dance to.
One of my favorites on the album is “18,” it’s probably one of the best songs lyrically. Lyrics like “So kiss me where I lay down, my hands press to your cheeks, A long way from the playground,”make it really easy to relate to. The boys talk about a girl they’ve loved for a long, long time. It makes you want to cry hysterically because you don’t have a 1D boy in your life.
What really makes this song is underdog-of-the-band Louis’s solo towards to end of the bridge. All the music goes quiet except for his voice where he says, “I have loved you since we were 18, long before we both thought the same thing.” They play off his voice perfectly, making you ask yourself: ‘where is my Louis?’
Another favorite and their second single off the album is “Night Changes.” It came a video that shaped me as a person. The video consisted of us on a virtual date with the boys. The camera follows them around, making it seem like you’re the one on the date with them. Viewers have a dinner date with Zayn, go to a carnival with Liam, go ice skating with Harry, have a night in with Niall and go for a scenic drive with Louis.
The song is really beautiful. It talks about how life will change and things will happen, but that everything will stay the same between them. That he’ll love her no matter what. Again, where is a 1D boy for me? The cool thing about this song is it doesn’t necessarily sound like One Direction. Many people fear listening to them because they’re such a stereotypical boy band, but this song blinds wipes out your previous bias. It’s a real standout of the album.
The next song, “Clouds,” I love. It’s got a rock vibe that starts with a bang and ends with a bang. I really can’t say enough good things about this song, and now I’m starting to get a little overwhelmed thinking about them performing it in concert. All in all, this song really demonstrates how much they’ve matured and changed as they sing about an on-and-off relationship. My favorite song by far.
I’m not a huge fan of “Illusion,” the 14th song. I think the reason I don’t like it is because at the beginning of the song they sing the chorus without the instrumental, which comes off very odd. Also the song doesn’t sound like 2014 1D, it sounds like something off their first album “Up All Night.” But my friends really love it. Eliza L’Heureux, a sophomore, said, “The beginning is really catchy, it hooks you right away.”
“Act My Age,” the final song off the album, has a really different sound than anything they’ve ever done. I almost don’t know how to describe it. The first time I heard it, it reminded me of “Come on Eileen,” an old song by Dexys Midnight Runners from the 80s. It starts out like a old rock song, and then the chorus is modernized. It’s unique and fun. It may not be my favorite song, but it’s a really cool idea and they executed it very well.
The album was pretty incredible. There were standouts both bad and good, but polarity is very important to artists. Even if you aren’t a One Direction fan, you’ll love this album. Ask my dad. I’m overwhelmed with excitement to see them live. My only complaint is that my current obsession with them is ruining my life.
Send your prayers to me on March 11 because I might die when I see them. #RIPROSIE