One Direction album goes in new direction

Members of One Direction perform at Hordern Pavillion in Sydney, Australia, for their Up All Night Tour. (Courtesy of Eva Rinaldi under Creative Commons 2.0)

he famed boy band from Britain and Ireland has been releasing tracks from its upcoming album for the past month or so, with each being better than the one before it.

With the recent exit of Zayn Malik from the group, the four men comprising the group — Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne — have been consistently serving hit after hit, proving that Zayn’s absence will not impact the band’s ability to produce quality music. The most recent releases, “Drag Me Down,” “Perfect” and “End of the Day,” each offer a new sound for the pop group.

They have been experimenting with more rock sounds, as heard in “Drag Me Down” as well as “End of the Day.”

Yet, the song “Perfect” goes beyond that of a typical pop song, as it is the long-awaited response to Taylor Swift’s many musical jabs at Styles and their brief relationship in 2013.

Swift has written several songs that have referenced aspects of their fleeting romance, all of which place a great deal of blame on Styles as to why it did not end on a pleasant note.

Her songs, like “Style,” “Out of the Woods” and “I Knew You Were Trouble,” to name a few, have blatant references to aspects of their relationship, including paper airplanes, poor communication and lack of a definitive label.

This album release comes on the heels of Swift gaining tremendous publicity from her 1989 World Tour.

For this tour, Swift has had different famous guest artists at every concert, including Idina Menzel, Fetty Wap and none other than Mick Jagger.

The songs “Style” and “Out of the Woods” can both be found on Swift’s album “1989.”

If you are like many music fans, you are likely tired of Swift airing her dirty laundry and relationship drama through her songs, capitalizing on bringing her exes down in the form of a catchy single.

Well, One Direction sure wasn’t going to stand for it, and their response is the song “Perfect.” For starters, the song sounds like Swift’s “Style,” and when played together, the two blend perfectly (lol).

The song is a sarcastic comment on how Swift looks for something to “write (her) breakup songs about,” and if she’s looking for that, then they are perfect for her.

The lead into the chorus, “if you like causing trouble up in hotel rooms / And if you like having secret rendezvous,” is a direct reference to Styles and Swift spending time together, jetting around to secret locations and staying in hotel rooms to avoid being photographed by the paparazzi.

Another line that echoes “Style” is the line, “If you like midnight driving with the windows down,” since in “Style,” Swift sings, “Midnight, you come and pick me up, no headlights.”

The jab at Taylor Swift’s tendency to write most of her songs about her personal life to the extent that the subjects are obvious is much needed, and quite well done. If “Perfect” is just a glimpse into what One Direction’s upcoming album will bring, then it should undoubtedly be a big success.

Sources at Wikipedia claim that Horan, Malik, Payne, Styles and Tomlinson auditioned as solo acts on the X-Factor in 2010.

While none of them failed to make it past the initial elimination by their lonesome, the boys were encouraged to form a group.

Having discovered the power of teamwork, the boys took home the third place trophy and near-instant acclaim and popularity.

Their catchy “What Makes You Beautiful” catapulted to the top of the UK Singles Chart the following year and closed the 2012 Summer Olympics.


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