**** Good strong debut album just why release one of the weakest songs as a single? other than the fact it's a ballad. With a pop rock sound they are different to JLS's RnB and The Wanted's dance electro pop whilst appealing to a younger fan base then McFly. 106 weeks in the UK top 100. UK#2 and Ireland#1. US#1. 957,200 copies sold in the UK. Last edited: 01/12/2013 20:11
**** Good debut album, Standouts for me are More Than This, Save You Tonight & What Makes You Beautiful, The only gripe i have is a few tracks sound exactly the same, Hopefully they have more diversity on there next album.
* wat vreselijk en kinderachtig allemaal. dit is muziek voor kinderen in groep 8 en brugklasser's. Maar dat ze er mee scoren snap ik totaal niet. Dit mag in de prullenbak samen met muziek van o.a. Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez & The Jones Brothers.
*** The general public of people younger than me have a bad habit of really getting behind some really awful music. You'd hope that it'd just be insipid, but often it's really, really consistently awful. The phenomenon that is One Direction seemed to spring up overnight without me noticing, but what do they have to show for it? Incidentally, no major flaws that make me want to hate them! In fact they have a good tendency to provide catchy songs with good harmonies. However, this is a whole album and I can't say that my interest didn't start to wane relatively quickly. Primarily because apart from the occasional ballad, the production is all force and it becomes labourious to tolerate. In any case, I'll stick to the positive of thank goodness they're not awful! 3.25
**** I never thought I would ever listen to a One Direction album. The stigma surrounding the concepts of boybands and their voices was supposedly too 'uncool' to bother with, but the irresistible and catchy nature of What Makes You Beautiful and One Thing, coupled with their continued consistency and variety with Gotta Be You and More Than This, I just had to give it a try.
Overall this is actually a very solid debut album! There are a great variety of catchy pop-rock songs, to strong ballads to even some electro-pop tracks at the end of the track listing. The production is almost flawless and supports their occasionally lacking vocals.
There are no really awful moments either. I find the weakest tracks to be Up All Night, I Wish and Same Mistakes, and only those are a little bit underwhelming. The highlight is clearly One Thing but What Makes You Beautiful, Gotta Be You, Tell Me A Lie, Save You Tonight and Stole My Heart are all really fun and enjoyable! The other unmentioned tracks are still quite good.
Unfortunately the bonus tracks aren't worth listening to either, I would personally stick to the normal CD.
It's a pity that their singles off their next album haven't impressed me as much, but their performance in the charts in the future will certainly be interesting.
Track listing: (Number in brackets denote rating of 6, * indicate released singles)
1. What Makes You Beautiful * (5) 2. Gotta Be You * (5) 3. One Thing * (6) 4. More Than This * (4) 5. Up All Night (3) 6. I Wish (3) 7. Tell Me A Lie (5) 8. Taken (4) 9. I Want (4) 10. Everything About You (4) 11. Same Mistakes (4) 12. Save You Tonight (5) 13. Stole My Heart (5)
Album average: 4.38 Album grade: B
Bonus tracks: 14. Stand Up (2) 15. Moments (4) 16. Another World (4) 17. Na Na Na (3) 18. I Should Have Kissed You (4)
Album average: 4.11 Final Album grade: B- Last edited: 14/04/2013 10:49