Music review

Of love & loss

Take Me Home is the second studio album by the English-Irish boy band One Direction, comprising Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson, who found instant success with their debut album ‘Up All Night’ (2011). Unlike the boy bands of the past, ‘One Direction’ was propelled to international success by the power of social media.

This second album is engineered for commercial success. The five members sound very much like a unit, with no single dominant personality. Maybe in future a Justin Timberlake, Ronan Keating or Robbie Williams may emerge like in the case of boy bands in the past.

The opener, Live While We’re Young, sounds similar to their earlier hit song, What Makes You Beautiful. Kiss You is the album’s catchiest number (If you don’t wanna take it slow, and you just wanna take me home, say yeah and let me kiss you!). The lyrics may need parental guidance, if teenagers take it too seriously. Little Things is an all-acoustic ballad. C’mon C’mon is a catchy song about teen romance. While Last First Kiss is yet another song about young love in the air, Heart Attack is a pop-rock song with well-knit verse and chorus.

Rock Me deviates from bubblegum pop of the previous tracks, with the boys pretending to be a rock band for a change. Definitely not boy band stuff. Change My Mind has a more mature feel. I Would is an uptempo song about yearning for a girl, who has a tough-guy boyfriend with “27 tattoos”. Over Again is a peppy song, which is part acoustic and part percussion. Back For You makes for an interesting number. They Don’t Know About Us has an interesting piano introduction bursting into a full chorus. The closing number, Summer Love, is a sad song about a break-up, but at the same time, lively in its harmony.

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