12 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

One Direction’s fourth album finds the band at a crossroads: attempting to push against the musical restrictions of being one of the biggest bands in the world without losing their appeal. So out goes the joyous sugar rush of their early singles (even lead single “Steal My Girl” feels relatively muted), replaced instead with the contemplative slow burn of the lovely “Night Changes” and the Ed Sheeran-assisted “18.” There's still youthful exuberance (the lustful “Girl Almighty”), but this more pensive, thoughtful side suits them well.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

One Direction’s fourth album finds the band at a crossroads: attempting to push against the musical restrictions of being one of the biggest bands in the world without losing their appeal. So out goes the joyous sugar rush of their early singles (even lead single “Steal My Girl” feels relatively muted), replaced instead with the contemplative slow burn of the lovely “Night Changes” and the Ed Sheeran-assisted “18.” There's still youthful exuberance (the lustful “Girl Almighty”), but this more pensive, thoughtful side suits them well.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
211 Ratings

211 Ratings

Lexi358 ,

I LOVE ONE DIRECTION

I'm so proud of the boys to make it this far. It's amazing what a huge impact they have made on so many girls lives. I have made so many amazing friends through one direction and there music is truly uplifting. Congratulations boys, may this be your best album yet.😊
Ps they should come to London, Ontario, Canada

Falalalalaaaaaa ,

Marketing does it an injustice; It's Fantastic

I'm going to be honest - I have No Control (pun intended) when it comes to this band, but this album is particularly phenomenal. Whoever decided on the singles from this album should be shot frankly - it was a poor marketing decision. While Night Changes and Steal My Girl may shine on their own, they are dull in comparison with the rest of the album. Let's go through the tracklist:

1. Steal My Girl - Fun, and good for singing along to, paired with a quirky music video, it's a fine track. Just fine. Lyrically less impressive than later tracks, but fine.
2. Ready to Run - This song might be the best song lyrically on the entire album. Just gonna put that out there now. The chorus is perfect for belting along, whether you're a mindless listener or if you want to engage in the lyrics.
3. Where Do Broken Hearts Go - This track should have been a single. Honestly, it's incredible. The bridge in particular is where this song shines.
4. 18 - This song recalls everything we all loved about Little Things, due in part to it having also been written by Ed Sheeran, while conveying a more mature sound, consistent with the rest of the album. This tune feels more acoustic, more calming. If you're gonna cry over any part of this album, it's probably gonna be Louis' part at the end of this song. Just sayin'. Louis brings rich emotion in addition to vocal talent, and is the reason I cry like a little baby. I might be a tiny bit biased.
5. Girl Almighty - Does anyone have any idea what the lyrics of this song mean? Not really. Her light is as loud as as many ambulances as it takes to save a saviour? WTF? Does anyone care that we don't understand it? NOPE! This is everyone’s jam. It's the sort of tune you can't help but dance to, even if you're driving. Blast this in the car with the windows down this summer, and you'll be happy as can be.
6. Fool's Gold - This song is a stand out in that it is so vastly different than anything One Direction has ever done before. The vocals stand out particularly in this song, and, ok, yeah, you might cry over this song too. It's a mellow track, and a moving one at that, and I find I can't help but love it.
7. Night Changes - If you haven't seen the music video for this song, don't look it up. Forget it exists. If you've seen the music video, forget it exists too. It doesn't do the song justice. The music video is fun, but ill-suited; where Director Ben Winston strove for amusing, he should have gone for more serious, intimate feel. This song is lyrically mature and melodically addicting.
8. No Control - Oh, No Control. Where do I begin with song? This song is my favorite track on the album, I'm gonna be honest. It's upbeat, it's fun, it's a song about sex. That can't be denied. And yet No Control does something so many songs about sex fail to do: it doesn't lack lyrical depth. There's a wit in the writing, innuendo and metaphor combined artfully. Louis Tomlinson leads the track vocally, and absolutely slays. For real. This song is the sort of song you want blasting in the background while you sip lemonade on the beach. It’s an ideal song for summer.
9. Fireproof - Fireproof is a masterpiece. This song is a warm bath, a cup of tea, and cuddles on the couch. This song feels like home. It warms you up inside, making your ears happier than they've ever been.
10. Spaces - Spaces has always been a wonderful song, but since Zayn left, I'm about 80% more likely to cry over it than I was before. Lyrically, this song is soul-crushing, but in the best possible way. This isn't the best track on the album, but if you want to mope alone in your room over a tub of Ben & Jerry's, this is the ideal song for it.
11. Stockholm Syndrome - Melodically interesting, the lyrics might leave you wondering a little. As Harry Styles himself has confessed, this song is about a nympho. And it's fantastic. The vocals on this song are thrilling, echoing despite the fullness of the background. It's almost haunting, and definitely engaging.
12. Clouds - This song. THIS SONG. To give you an indication of how good this song is, I'll let you in on a secret: this is the first song on their setlist this tour, and that's a place well deserved. This track feels a bit like a 5SOS song, and Harry Styles absolutely slays the chorus, showing off his vocal abilities on the lengthy, LENGTHY notes. It's even better live. This is the sort of song you head bang along to in the car and try not to accidentally do the same with your feet.

Overall, Four builds on the musical maturation evident in Midnight Memories, bringing an increased lyrical depth and further distancing the band from the pop sound that was so evident in their first album. And all of these things are good things. It's a great album, and I'm not just saying that because I love this band.

Alley😂 ,

LOVE THEM

Five years already! Fan since the first year! Love you guys!

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