Having announced their hiatus back in 2015, One Direction have gone their different directions and now each of the boys have solo careers that most artists only dream of. The question does arise though, are they better apart than they were together? All of the boys have gone on to make such amazing music individually that it leaves you wondering whether perhaps they were restricted a lot within 1D.
Harry, who this article is really about, has released his self-titled debut album and I'm absolutely obsessed with it (to put it mildly). In his solo album, I have found that very rare thing, an album you can listen to over and over again and not end up dead bored with. Am I surprised that he pulled it off? No, not at all. It was obvious right from the X-Factor days that Harry was ridiculously talented. His LP hit the top spot in the UK the first week, with combined chart sales of 57,000 units, 47,000 of which were physical sales and digital downloads.The album took Number 1 on the 'Official Vinyl Albums Chart' as well as debuting at Number 1 in Australia, The Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, The Czech Republic, Scotland plus territories in the Middle East and South East Asia. So, the boy can do no wrong really.
Whilst you could hear Harry in One Direction, it clearly did disguise that beautiful voice because honestly, his album is like honey for the ears and I was so amazed at just how good his voice is. It really is something so special. One thing that I really like about the album is its distinct lack of 'overwork' in terms of autotune and effects. It sounds the same during a live performance as it does on the album and that is so very rare and always draws me in to liking the artist a lot more.
This album stands alone as the very first time I have purchased an album in vinyl because, in all honesty, I couldn't not purchase the vinyl version. As I write this, I don't have a record player in the UK yet but I do have grand purchase plans because the sound quality on vinyl is heaven. If you're interested, the vinyl will set you back about ￡20
The album comes across as so personal and so genuine that you can't help but admire him putting himself out there, heart on sleeve and that's so endearing. I realise that Harry's step-dad (may he rest in peace) thought that it sounded like there was a duck in the track (there isn't, it's just his voice with an effect) but 'Woman' really stands out as one of my favourites of the album. Lyrically, it is simple but vocally and melody wise, it's addictive. Please don't push me to pick just one though. I like the entire album which is also very rare for me.
When Ed Sheeran's 'Divide' came out I thought that it would be the album of 2017 without a shadow of a doubt (it's another album which I am totally obsessed with) but now it's a toss up between Ed and Harry for me. I won't pit them against each other though, two amazing musicians who both deserve recognition for amazing albums.
Overall, I really just adore this album and I'm trying to get my hands on some tour dates etc for you guys. Hopefully, I get to attend one of his concerts this year because #lifecomplete. Congrats on an absolutely amazing debut album Hazza.
Definitely listen to:
- Sweet Creature
- Sign of the Times
- Two Ghosts