Los Angeles - One Direction may have been down 1 member but they made sure to release a satisfying 5th album.
"It's inevitable that everything that's good comes to an end," sings One Direction on Love You Goodbye, a wistful song from the British band's fifth studio album, Made in the A.M.
The tune is about a romance's demise, but the quartet - this is their first album since Zayn Malik's departure - could just as well be addressing their upcoming hiatus. Since their first album, 2012's Up All Night, One Direction's skyward trajectory has seen the band seamlessly segue from chart-topping albums, reliably delivered every November, to sold-out stadium tours with little downtime in between.
A photo posted by One Direction (@onedirection) on Nov 5, 2015 at 4:35am PST
One Direction has always been musical magpies - closely referencing The Who on Best Song Ever or Def Leppard on Midnight Memories - and that habit doesn't stop here. With its echoes and big drum beat, album opener Hey Angel conjures up Robbie Williams; the breakdown of the hit single, Perfect, mines Style by Harry Styles' ex, Taylor Swift; and don't even get me started on the similarity between acoustic crooner I Want to Write You a Song and the Beatles' Blackbird.
Despite the imitation game, One Direction's strength has always been the vocal arrangements and the satisfying pop hooks the lads bring.
A photo posted by One Direction (@onedirection) on Oct 21, 2015 at 6:26am PDT
On Made in the A.M., they add in a playful experimentation, perhaps emboldened by their pending break, on doo-wop and horn-flavored Never Enough, which is, oddly enough, punctuated by caveman-like grunts, and the exuberantly retro Olivia.
Should this be their swan song, they leave on a high note.
Watch to 1D's Perfect below:
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