I wasn’t planning on doing a review of this album until my daughter asked if I was doing a review. It made me think that maybe she wanted me to do a review, so after numerous listens of the album, here is my review.
Before I listened to the album, I really didn’t know what to expect. I know what I hoped to hear and that was an album that was nothing like One Direction, his former band. The Harry Styles solo album needed to show creativity and give us a different look than what we have seen before. The pressure for him to deliver is huge. I know I didn’t care for Zayn’s album (although “Pillowtalk” was an amazing song) so I was hoping this didn’t end up giving me a similar feeling.
Gladly, I wasn’t disappointed. I was actually pleasantly surprised. Harry delivered an album of very diverse songs yet they seemed to be cohesive at the same time. Sonically, the album is pure British. It has a lot of British musical influences and stylings. I hear the essences of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Arctic Monkeys, Oasis and even Robbie Williams. And looking at the songwriting credits, I see Harry has his hand in all the songs which is a good thing…just how much of the writing he did is unknown.