Key Item: Alpha-Industry jade green flight bomber jacket
Color Concepts: Neutrals
Shoe Situation: Yeezy Boost 350
Accessory Must: “I Came Here To Break Hearts” cap
Zayn proves once again that he’s pulling a classic Justin Timberlake and finding his true success out of his solo career versus the boy band that brought him into the spotlight. My prediction? Zayn’s debut album Mind of Mine will solidify his place into the pop/R&B sensation that’s taking over radio waves. His latest single, “BeFoUr” takes on a darker vibe as Malik hazily sings, “So say what you wanna say, what you want, shame is you won’t say that to my face.” Poetic lyrics flow effortlessly out of Zayn’s mouth as a striking beat pulls you in with every verse. Layered pretty harmonies (reminiscent of a young Justin Timberlake) plague the chorus in the sexiest way. Don’t even get me started on that falsetto. I will now refer to Zayn as the reincarnated Justin Timberlake. This is just the beginning for Zayn and he knows it…
A rugged unshaven Zayn Malik is seen brushing noses with blonde bombshell/model Gigi Hadid. Their hands travel and Hadid smirks at her man. Their sensual caresses highlight every sexual innuendo heard in Malik’s first solo single to the world, “Pillowtalk”.
The lyrics are poetic, raw, sexy, and honest. Everything we wanted to hear from Zayn, something different and true to himself. He creates an entire world out of one place; a bed. “So we’ll piss off the neighbours, in the place that feels the tears, the place to lose your fears.” Zayn’s voice is as flawless as we remember, he makes every note sound just as exquisite as the next. Although this is a pop song, it’s very different from a top 40 1D single as the video also portrays; artistic creations show naked bodies, paint, beautiful visual effects, and more. Malik experiments with more R&B sounds on “Pillowtalk”, something that suits him very well. If this is any indication of what the rest of this new Zayn chapter sounds like, then bring it on, I’m ready.
Malik’s debut solo album, Mind of Mine comes out March 25. Mark your calendars.
One Direction is a boy band. It’s true. But you know what? IT DOESN’T MATTER.
Their new album “FOUR” is pure POP. You can’t deny it, they know exactly what they are doing and it’s working. Every song is guitar and drum heavy with a pounding shouty chorus saying “Baby, you’re the best, I’ve loved you since I saw you…” (just kidding, that’s not an actual lyric…maybe?)
The album is now available on iTunes and is having a nice group hug with Taylor Swift’s songs in the top ten. The sappy “Night Changes,” the beautiful easy-going “Fool’s Gold,” and the drum heavy “Girl Almighty,” are all littered in the top ten currently at 11:58 pm, Sunday night.
Songs like “Where Do Broken Hearts Go,” have that top secret pop potion in them that make them stink up your brain for days. You’ll find yourself scrolling the internet as you start yelling “WHERE DO BROKEN HEARTS GO?!?!” Then you’re like damn you, One Direction. Yeah, this one is doing that to me.
A lot of these songs deal with relationships and love, just kidding. All of them involve themes of love in some sort of way. “18” says “I have loved since we were 18, long before we both thought the same thing, to be loved and to be in love.” Every lyric seems to be a cliché we’ve all heard a million times, but when Harry Styles sings it, it becomes more beautiful. The shouty, but catchy, “No Control” shows the never ending pull of love on a young person, “I got no control, powerless, and I don’t care, it’s obvious, I just can’t get enough of you.” One of the first tracks I heard off this album is called “Fireproof.” I know this is going to sound crazy but this song gives off a Fleetwood Mac vibe, totally guitar/drum beat driven with simple verses and awesome harmonies and backup vocals. I love everything about it. “Fireproof” is also dipped in the famous One Direction love potion, “Nobody loves you baby, the way I do.”
“Stockholm Syndrome” seems to be cut from a different cloth than the rest. One Direction ventures into some pop-electronica that works extremely well with their falsetto and effortless harmonies, of course.
“Clouds” is another track that has a very unique sound that stuck with me. The chorus almost sounds like something you would hear from an alternative band–very powerful. The pre-chorus moves up an octave every couple words and it’s really cool to listen to. These boys did a great job at expanding their expertise in the studio to create some songs that were different for them.
When I first heard the album would be named “FOUR” I was like that’s a weird title, then I remembered that this is their fourth album and I couldn’t believe it. I had completely forgotten about most of their other albums. But I think that’s kind of what is expected from a pop band. You grow after every album, and “FOUR” is relevant to right now, so for the moment this is going to be extremely successful and then when the next album comes out, the cycle will begin again.