The world’s biggest boy band One Direction is busier then ever! With their Take Me Hour tour coming to a close just a month ago and their new album Midnight Memories being released last week, it’s hard to see how the boys can fit in so much in so little time. But their hard work really has paid off this time with the new album reaching number 1 on iTunes and the Billboard 200 in just a matter of days. The power of the Directioners is stronger than ever as the crazy but dedicated fandom come together and it wont be long before the album is number 1 in almost all corners of the globe. It only feels like yesterday that 1D’s first album Up All Night was released, and their innocent, soft voices that we all fell in love with were first shown to the world. The next album Take Me Home was completely different to the first one, and many Directioners weren’t sure how to react but it wasn’t long before we all loved these songs just as much as the first. Once again they have surprised us with a new sound but this new bunch of songs are my favourite to date. Our boys are back – tattooed and all, with an edgier, rock sound in their voices and a matured, grown-up look about them. Here is my review of One Direction’s Midnight Memories album:
Track 1: ‘Best Song Ever’
Best Song Ever is the lead single for Midnight Memories. It was released earlier this year in July and gave us all a taste of what to expect when the new album was released. I don’t believe that this is One Direction’s best song ever, but is definitely one of the catchiest and a great way to start an album. It is your common pop song tune, with extremely catchy lyrics but the film clip definitely makes it! The film clip sees the boys in a Hollywood office, speaking with two executives Johnny and Harvey (Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan), after being led in by office assistant Veronica (Zayn Malik). The geeky marketing man Marcel (Harry Styles) shows the 1D boys pictures of themselves in terrible outfits and even brings in choreographer Leeroy (Liam Payne) to show them some potential dance moves for the film clip. The band then bursts into song, and even adds in a few of their own dance moves throughout! This film clip broke the Vevo 24-hour record but was later beaten by Miley Cyrus with her ‘Wrecking Ball’ video. This song was a great single and an even better way to begin a new album.
Track 2: ‘Story of My Life’
Story of My Life was the second single, and second song on the album! It is a much softer song, with beautiful lyrics and it really shows off One Direction’s vocal ability. This song received positive reviews from critics, fans and is one of my personal favorites. This song is a nice mature point between their pop rock and ballads, which provides a balance through the album. Although it isn’t as catchy, it is a memorable song that is enjoyed by people of all ages – even if you aren’t a boy band lover. ‘Story of My Life’ shows that One Direction isn’t just another boy band, they each have amazing vocal capabilities that can be shown in their slower songs. The lyrics to this song are much deeper and more meaningful and show that boys really have matured since they first started out.
Track 3: ‘Diana’
‘Diana‘ is the first of a number of rock songs on the album. The catchy guitar and drum tunes throughout the song are similar to those of the 80’s. This song does resemble some old songs by past boy bands but I love it and I think they have done a great job with this song, especially as it is a new style of music for them. Any Directioner named Diana (or those that change their name after hearing this song) will feel very special once they’ve listened to this great tune.
Track 4: ‘Midnight Memories’
Once again this song has a rock influence on it, which isn’t unusual with 1D but it comes across heavily in their fourth track. Critics have also compared this song to past 80’s-90’s music, Def Leppard’s music is a common comparison. I believe that the song they title their album after should be a good one, and I think they have delivered here. Midnight Memories is one of those summer songs that gets blasted through the speakers, it is a YOLO sort of tune that will make anyone happy.
Track 5: ‘You and I’
You and I is another one of my favourites on the album. It is an inspirational sort of song that makes you feel like you can do anything! The song has a slight resemblance to ‘Little Things’ from the Take Me Home album. This song has beautiful lyrics, a love song saying that nothing can come between ‘you and I.’ My favorite line in the song by Mr. Harry Styles himself:
“You and I,
Not even the gods above
Can separate the two of us.”
The lyrics to this song are something that all girls want in real life – especially if it was the One Direction boys singing it to us.
Track 6: ‘Don’t Forget Where You Belong’
I feel that this song is one very close to the boy’s hearts. To me they are saying that they have come a long way, and done so much at such a young age but they will never forget their homes or how they all started out. This is a soft-rock song with meaningful lyrics that I really enjoy! Considering the boys have been on the road for so much of their lives recently, critics say that they were expecting a song like this on the new album. The first time I listened to Midnight Memories this was my favourite song, and after listening to it many more times it is still up there with some of the best!
Track 7: ‘Strong’
‘Strong’ is another amazing song by One Direction – and another love song that we all wish they were singing to us! It’s the sort of song that we have seen on ‘Up All Night’ and ‘Take Me Home’ but the sort of song that we have grown to love the boys singing.
Track 8: ‘Happily’
‘Happily’ is definitely a stand out on Midnight Memories, it is more or less my favourite song on the album. The eighth track as well as the seven before it is a good mix of genres and style and that is why the first half of the album is the part that I enjoy the most.
Track 9: ‘Right Now’
This song could appeal to a much older audience, rather than their usual teenage crowd. This is one of the matured, calming songs on Midnight Memories and it really shows how much the boys have grown up in the last few years. I believe that this song is quite personal to the 1D boys, in particular Louis, Zayn and Liam. The lyrics seem to be talking about long distance relationships and with the boys on the road a lot, this is something they are left to deal with.
Track 10: ‘Little Black Dress’
This is by far one of the catchiest tracks on Midnight Memories! With an rock feel to it but a ‘dancy’ up-tempo beat it just makes you want to get up on the dance floor. This is a song that everyone will chant through the chorus and I have no doubt that it will go off when they sing it on tour.
Track 11: ‘Through The Dark’
This song is the same sort of style as ‘Happily,’ but not quite as memorable. Once again this is another song with great lyrics and it really shows of their vocals but it won’t be a big hit and it doesn’t really stay in my mind when the album has finished. However it is still a fantastic song with a folk feel to it.
Track 12: ‘Something Great’
Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody helped out one Direction on this one and critics say that there is the resemblance of Snow Patrol’s music in here. This isn’t one of their potential hits, more or less just an album filler but it is still a great song of course, along with every single tune on here!
Track 13: ‘Little White Lies’
‘Little White Lies’ is a catchy pop song that keeps the album going just before the end. We’ve had ‘Little Black Dress’ so why not ‘Little Black Lies?’ I am a huge fan of this song – one of my favourites!
Track 14: ‘Better Than Words’
This is a fantastic way to end another great album by One Direction. ‘Better Than Words’ is a ballad that the boys do so well, and as they get more experienced their ballads are just getting better. 1D chose to finish off with what they do best and that was definitely a smart move. This final song just leaves me wanting to know what will follow in the months to come.
Overall, there is nothing out of place on this amazing new album. I’ve had it on repeat for days and don’t think that I’ll ever get sick of it. It’s great that we get to see the boys mature and grow as artists in not just their appearance, but their music as well. I still believe that this is the beginning for One Direction and I cannot wait to see what they have in store for the future. If you are not a 1D fan, I suggest you listen to ‘You and I,’ ‘Right Now’ and ‘Little White Lies’ because these sort of songs can appeal to any age group – they aren’t your average boy band music. But if you are a Directioner, I have no doubt that this will be your favourite album to date!
I give ‘Midnight Memories’ by One Direction 5 out of 5 stars.