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One Direction’s Take Me Home once again establishes them as the princes of pretty-boy pop, and I mean that in the best and most flattering way possible.
The UK group, comprised of Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, and Niall Horan took the world by storm last year when their song, “What Makes You Beautiful”, became the fastest selling single of 2011.
Fans loved their fresh faces and swooned over their crooning, and in 2012, they show no signs of slowing down.
Take Me Home is an album full of head-bopping rhythms, dance-inspiring beats, and catchy, infectious choruses.
The attention-grabbing opening track, “Live While We’re Young”, literally had me jumping up and down to its chorus. I am not ashamed to say how giddy I got when they said, “Let’s pretend it’s love.” How cute!
This track has gained some negative attention for having a guitar riff similar to The Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” and still more criticism from Big Time Rush fans who say the video concept mirrors BTR’s video for “Windows Down”.
But in my opinion, that only makes this song better, because it has a rhythm and a video concept that viewers and listeners have already come to know and love.
“Kiss You” carried over the energy from the first song exquisitely. The fast-paced delivery of the lyrics and the fun, upbeat sound made this seem like the perfect song for fans to shout back to them at concerts.
I do have a bit of a problem with “Little Things”, but only because I thought “What Makes You Beautiful” spread such a good message about body image to young girls.
This song attempts to do the same, saying that the guys even love girls’ little flaws, but by listing those flaws, it seems to defeat the purpose a bit. For example, if it doesn’t matter, then why even point out “dimples on your back”, “your thighs”, and that “you still have to squeeze into your jeans”?
I will probably get a lot of flak from Directioners for that, but it’s still worth being said.
One of my favorite songs on the album was “Heart Attack”. It instantly became ingrained in my mind and I wanted to listen to it again as soon as it was over.
Simply put, One Direction has retained their staying power with the tween and teen set. If you’re a fan of pop music, then definitely press play.