Taking a turn from the manicured beats and bop-a-long choruses of debut ‘Up All Night’, this time round One Direction are getting serious. Delivering a ‘maturer’ sound, ‘Midnight Memories’ sees the boys rope in big drums and heavy handclaps to discuss the perils of heartache, jealousy and regret: ‘I’m sorry if I say I need you – when I’m not with you, I’m weaker,’ they protest in ‘Strong’. And there was us thinking that Louis’s Twitter account being hacked was a downer.
Cracking a cheeky grin through the emotional stuff is lead single ‘Best Song Ever’, which showcases enough anthemic production to soundtrack an Olympics highlights montage. There’s also the zippy, ’80s-inspired ‘Diana’ – a dead ringer for Don Henley’s ‘The Boys of Summer’. Credit to the lads for not resting on their cringe-pop laurels (we’re looking at you, The Wanted), but it has to be said: One Direction haven’t gone totally off-piste, it’s just that they’re heading that tiny bit closer to adulthood – and that’s no fun at all. Buy this album here
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