Likes: Live While We’re Young, Little Things, Over Again, They Don’t Know About Us
Overall: Catchy production, weak lyrics.
One Direction slickly dodges the sophomore jinx on “Take Me Home” with a catchy collection of flirtatious songs bound to make their female, teenage audience giggle and blush. I use the word flirtatious because the lyrics, unlike those from past boy-bands, aren’t overwhelmingly romantic or poetic. They illustrate youthful, surface emotions usually attached to a crush or someone you’re just physically attracted to. Some might find this to be realistic and age-appropriate, as many teenage boys (or guys 1D’s age) are often far from being deeply enamored and seeking commitment in relationships, but from an artistic perspective, the lack of lyrical passion and depth might be viewed as a weakness. What might also be considered a fault is the fact that most of the songs sound the same, although the presence of pop-rock is bracing in age of dance music. Vocally, the group is impressive in spots and sound more mature than anticipated. Is “Take Me Home” a revolutionary work of art? No, far from it. Is it enough to keep One Direction around and on the chart until their next album? Yes. If they want to have some longevity past the flash in the pan, however, they will indeed have to mature and sophisticate their sound. An album sampler is below.