by Meredith Hooper
One Direction’s new album, Made in the A.M., comes at a time in between the last show of their sold out “On The Road Again” tour and the band’s recently announced hiatus. With the absence of their fifth member, Zayn Malik, the band remains strong as a four-piece group.
Coming back for their fifth album with a more grown-up feel, One Direction does not disappoint. With songs reminiscent of The Beatles and the Rolling Stones, they are sure to put themselves high on the charts with music that is pleasing to fans young and old.
Current radio regulars like “Drag Me Down” and “Perfect” attribute to the album’s success as a whole, but most sales are credited to fans, who call themselves “Directioners”. Feel-good tunes like “Olivia” are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to creativity and variation between songs.
One thing is for sure, all the songs, especially “History” and “Love You Goodbye” could be interpreted in different ways for everyone.
Sporting lyrics like “Keep getting the feeling you wanna leave this all behind, thought we were going strong, I thought we were holding on, aren’t we?” and “Mini bars, expensive cars, hotel rooms, and new tattoos, and the good champagne, and private planes, but they don’t mean anything,’cause the truth is out, I realize that without you here life is just a lie” gives a questionable insight into what might be the cause of the hiatus.
Although the release of this album comes coincidentally on the same day as Justin Bieber’s long-awaited “Purpose”, sales of “Made in the A.M.” were not easily affected, with an amazing 973,000 sales worldwide.
“Their fan base is largely teenage girls, and people don’t always want to validate music that young women enjoy.” said Brittany Spanos, of the Rolling Stone Magazine.
One Direction also demonstrates variety with songs like “If I Could Fly” which is acoustic piano and a soft melody, but “Temporary Fix” shows a more rock and guitar-based side of the band. The maturity seen in this new album rivals those of rock bands of the 1970’s and 80’s.
When asked if this was the band’s best album, co-songwriter Julian Bunetta replied with, “Of course, not! The best is yet to come.”
After listening to this album, you will be anxiously waiting for what is to come from the band in the future.