One Direction – Take Me Home
Text: Joelle Chong
UK boy band One Direction returns with their sophomore album Take Me Home after finding success in the US, proving once again, that they are not popular just because of their pretty faces.
Title track ‘Live While We’re Young’, released back in September, is a sweet bubblegum pop track which will definitely give the Backstreet Boys and N’SYNC a run for their money back in their heyday.
Unfortunately, the album contains of mainly upbeat dance pop tunes such as ‘I Would’ and ‘Heart Attack’, which start to sound similar over time. A good thing they were not placed back to back or they would have sounded like one long song.
If anything, the ballads are the saving graces of the album.
One Direction’s vocals truly shine when they sing against a stripped-down, acoustic melody such as ‘Little Things’ and ‘Over Again’. The five members emote through their singing and their harmonisation in these songs proves why One Direction is simply not just a one-hit wonder.
While the guitar-led ballad ‘Change My Mind’ is a heart-warming song, the composition and arrangement of its melody and the boys’ performance remind us of a slower version of the band’s hit ‘What Makes You Beautiful’.
One Direction is making progress, albeit tiny steps each time; however, it will take a while before the band changes their musical direction. After all, why change if it is working fine?
Recommended tracks: Live While We’re Young, Little Things, Last First Kiss, Change Me