“Up All Night” tops the chart
Together Louis Tomlimson, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Nial Horan and Harry Styles make up the hot new boy band, One Direction, that is topping the charts internationally. The boys were not originally a unit but through the popular British show, the X-Factor, the boys came together.
The music group failed individually in auditions for the X-Factor but were saved when judge, Simon Cowell, recommend that the boys put their talents into one and form a musical group. The group than went on to be called One Direction and won third place on the show.
March 13 One Directions first album, Up All night, became available in North America. The seemingly unheard of band soon spread like wildfire across America. The album quickly excited fans of Justin Bieber, Jonas brothers and other tween-pop fans.
The first track starts off with the irresistibly, catchy single “What Makes you Beautiful.” “What Makes you Beautiful” contains a catchy chorus that makes anyone want to sing along and refuses to leave your head. In the U.S, the single has become viral and has hit the highest on the Billboard Hot 100 for a UK act since 1998.
Other tracks include the album’s third hit single, “One Thing.” Along with “What Makes you Beautiful,” the song is upbeat and ‘party ready.’ The song magnifies the boys up-tempo voices and highlights the ‘plucky’ guitar sounds in the back ground.
The album has not only songs that make the listener want to pop out of their seats, but also songs that went for more of a ballad feeling. Songs such as “Same Mistakes” “I Wish,” and “More than this” emphasize the lyrics and really convey the heartbreaks of a teenage relationship. The songs slow tempo and melodic piano in the background provide a good variation for the band.
With 15 brand new songs, there is bound to be one ‘iffy’ song. And for One Direction, the song is “Stand Up.” The lyrics to the song chant “I’m a thief. I’m a thief” which comes off a tad cheesy. “Stole my Heart” tries to set the scene of a love chase but instead fails at making the scene anything but childish.
Overall, the album targets teenagers as their main listeners. The album can be expected to continue to replay on day time radios and lurk at the top of charts around the world. The boys seamlessly harmonic voices earn five stars and are moving in the right direction.
Written by Natasha Hossain