Album Review: One Direction 'FOUR'

I found myself to be so much more excited for this album than previous One Direction albums. I'm not sure why, but I had a good feeling about it, so come 18th November I couldn't wait to pop into HMV and make my purchase.

My instant thought after listening to it through once, was that it has a much slower and grown up sound to it. It's definitely very different to previous One Direction albums - they've steered away from the boyband pop songs we're used to hearing from them.

I recently saw and interview with Harry and Liam and one of them said that 'FOUR' is an album that can be liked  and appreciated by not just One Direction fans, but by people who are just music fans too. I think that sums up the album to a T.

It isn't obvious it is a One Direction album, which I like. I hope it means they are being taken more seriously, and not just another average pop boyband with pretty faces, and that they are recognised for their songwriting talents too.

I bought the deluxe version of the album (or the ultimate edition as they are calling it). It comes with four bonus tracks and if i'm being completely honest, three of the four are probably my three least favourite from the album. However, I still really like them and would definitely recommend going for the deluxe album if you're not sure.

I also wanted to mention that the first thing I thought when listening to some of the tracks for the first time is that they had a bit of a county vibe going on with them - maybe it's just me! I kinda like it though.

Oh and something else I really wanted to point out, that I am so in love with on this album is the guitars. A bit random, I know, but I am a sucker for a good guitar solo and 'FOUR' is not short of them. Especially in the song 'clouds', I think the guitars are incredible. I don't know if it is actually any of the boys playing (I doubt it), but it is one of my favourite things about the whole album.

As per usual, I have picked out my favourite songs from the album...
Where Do Broken Hearts Go
Night Changes
Stockholm Syndrome
Act My Age

Buy the album here


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