TRACK 8: “Happily”
SOUNDS LIKE: The bass line from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros‘ “Home” taking a twirl with The Lumineers
Remember that indie song that infected almost every major brand’s commercials from Microsoft to the NFL for the past few years but you never quite know who it is? “Alabama, Arkansas, I do love my ma and pa…” That’s “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and 1D lifts the main jangly bass line for one of the better tracks on the album. Choice Taylor Swift ex, Harry Styles, lends a hand with the words and he does good, singing excitedly about how him and a certain someone are on fire. Easily one of the best tracks on the album: fiddles, banjos and stomps feature heavily, perhaps inspiring a new wave of young music listeners to fall into the current hipster-country lifestyle trend. Diet Snapple in mason jars!
TRACK 9: “Right Now”
SOUNDS LIKE: OneRepublic and Bastille had a fireside sing along with a baby wolf
You’re not imagining things: “Right Now” sounds a like a OneRepublic track because go-to songwriter and leading man Ryan Tedder co-wrote it. Indie darlings and cover-song virtuosos Bastille also influence this layered, echoing song about longing for a loved one. Although it lacks some of 1D’s signature flare for clever lyrics, there is a maturity here that could easily make this song a stadium sing along or an emotional backing track on Grey’s Anatomy. Don’t miss the wave of “ahhh-ooohh”s repeating throughout, reminiscent of a pack of dandy wolves on a full moon.