Artist – One Direction
Album – Midnight Memories
Year – 2013
Genre – Pop
I will say this now. I like some One Direction songs. I think some of their songs have really good qualities. I think this is a good song. I think it has great musical quality. And that’s OK. Anyone offended? No? Good, let’s move on then.
First off, as is noted by many music critics, most of the songs on this album are actually quite a departure from older One Direction material. This song is not an exception. It starts with a really quick paced and nice acoustic guitar riff. Musically, the song is at its most interesting when it’s at its most powerful, so we’ll get back to that.
Let’s face it, we came here for the voices. And the boys don’t disappoint in this one. The verses and prechorus are a great buildup to what’s coming. You expect a big, insanely catchy, in your face chorus, and you get one. Their voices, though they may or not be modified, sound great. Your brain naturally wants to hear certain chord progressions, melodies, and harmonies. I’m strong believer in not fighting that, no matter what genre the music is. This chorus literally pleases every part of my brain. The melody is well crafted, and it sticks in your brain for hours. Trust me, and almost every teenage girl out there, it does.
The harmonies are wonderful, as per usual with this group. But back to those instruments. The powerful synths and effects behind the group, as well as the pulsing drum really works to great effect. It had me pounding right along, which is a good sign. The chorus really is the highlight of the song in all aspects, and that’s quite evident by all the elements coming together to form a potent and incredibly hooky combination.
But there is something that surprised me about this particular song. The lyrics may not be top ten lyrical triumphs of all time, but they do hit the romantic core in me, and I suppose most everyone who likes the song. The imagery is what really works, as when they sing:
I take her home
I drive all night to keep her warm
And time is frozen
The story of my life
I give her hope
I spend her love
Until she’s broke
I can picture exactly what they are singing about. Driving someone to keep them warm is a true sign that you really care, and I think many can relate to the feelings of love, caring, and loss expressed in the song. That’s partly why it sticks with us and is so memorable. Those moments of true compassion and love seem to last forever in our minds because we cared so much about those we loved. It’s quite a palpable thing, and you can really feel it and picture it when you hear the lyrics.
There is absolutely no shame in listening to this kind of music. Like I said, I am a firm believer in looking past the bullshit of what seems “cool” to listen to, and just accepting what your brain wants to hear. Sometimes that takes a little bit of picking apart to figure out, and I know not everyone likes the same things and that’s ok, but what is NOT ok is to be afraid of liking something or not listening to something because you worry about what others think of it. It’s ok to like whatever you want to like, and I hope that you like this song, because I sure do!
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