FOUR Review

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One Direction’s newest album, FOUR, is unlike anything they’ve done before. Prior albums have included mostly pop songs that stick in the listener’s head, but they lacked meaningful lyrics. Midnight Memories, their last album, showed signs of their growth. But it seems everything has fallen into place on this album.

FOUR includes songs that are heartfelt and meaningful. The members, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, and Niall Horan, all wrote songs on the album. In a world where artists usually remix songs from other people, it’s refreshing for One Direction to have original pieces. And I think the originality really helps the album. The songs are from personal experiences, ones that fans, or even someone who just hears the song on the radio, can relate to.

With this album, I feel like they can escape their image. And by that, I mean people won’t just disregard them because “they’re just a boy band”. It shows another side of them, a side people who aren’t fans will like. I’m sure people will be surprised when they find out the new song they like that’s playing on the radio is sung by One Direction.

Tracklist:

  1. Steal My Girl

2. Ready To Run

3. Where Do Broken Hearts Go

4. 18

5. Girl Almighty

6. Fool’s Gold

7. Night Changes

8. No Control

9. Fireproof

10. Spaces

11. Stockholm Syndrome

12. Clouds

 

Exclusive Bonus Tracks:

13. Change Your Ticket

14. Illusion

15. Once in a Lifetime

16. Act My Age

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Taylor Swift’s New Album Confesses Old Feelings For Harry Styles

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Taylor Swift’s new album, 1989, has just recently been released. Of course, it has caused a frenzy of people giving their opinion on her “new style”. The famous red-lipstick-wearing singer has abandoned her country flair (even though that happened a long time ago), and switched to full on pop. Like every other album, Swift mostly sings about her many ex-boyfriends.  She even confirms that in the second track on the album, “Blank Space” : “Got a long list of ex-lovers they’ll tell you I’m insane.”  Well, if you said it, Taylor!

But this album seems like it’s focused on one ex in  particular. One ex that’s in a band that contains the word “one”. Of course I’m referring to One Direction member and teenage heartthrob, Harry Styles. The clues that aim towards Styles are evident once you listen to the songs and look at the lyrics.

We’ll start with the song “Style”. I’m not kidding, the name of the song is actually Style. Swift talks about a “long hair, slicked back, white t-shirt” ex in the song. For some reason ‘hair’ comes up a lot in the album, such as in the single “Shake It Off” where she calls over a “fella over there with the hella good hair”. Well, Styles does have good hair. But, back to “Style”, it’s about Swift talking to her boy about cheating on her. At one point she screams “Take me home / Just take me home, yeah. Just take me home”. Hm, that’s funny, I think I’ve heard that before. Oh yeah, “Take Me Home” was the name of One Direction’s second album which was released in Nov. 2012, shortly before “Haylor” was official. Another poke at Styles, or just a coincidence?

But “Out of the Woods” might be the song most clearly about Styles. It talks about wanting to know if her relationship is official and if they can be seen together. She actually asks, “Are we out of the woods yet?” over 60 times. Even saying, “Looking at it now, last December we were built to fall apart, then fall back together.” Haylor’s first public outing was in Dec. 2012 in Central Park. And interestingly enough, Swift has a song called “Welcome To New York’ on the album, of course where Central Park is located. Somehow that song now qualifies her to be the new ambassador of NYC.  “Out Of The Woods” is most definitely about her at one point secret relationship with Styles.

But not every single song is about Harry. “Bad Blood” isn’t about an ex-boyfriend, but rather an ex-friend. Rumors have been flying that the song is about fellow female popstar, Katy Perry.

Swift told Rolling Stone this about Perry, “’Oh, we’re just straight-up enemies. And it wasn’t even about a guy! It had to do with business. She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me. And I’m surprisingly non-confrontational – you would not believe how much I hate conflict. So now I have to avoid her. It’s awkward, and I don’t like it.”

Even though Swift claims her feud with Perry has nothing to do with a guy, it may have something to do with it. Perry was seen with Styles at Nobu restaurant in Malibu back in Sept. Could “Bad Blood” be a form of revenge? For some reason, everything always links back to Styles.

Although investigating and looking into the lyrics of 1989 is fun, the album isn’t a masterpiece. It does deliver songs that are catchy and will stick in your head for days, weeks, even months. But Swift always creates songs like that. If you’re a Taylor Swift fan you’ll love it, and if you’re a One Direction fan you’ll love laughing at it.

Where We Are Tour Concert Experience and Review

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One Direction has wrapped up their third tour, the  Where We Are Tour. The lengthy tour started in April 2014, in Colombia, and ended in early October, in Miami, FL. Unlike the prior tours, all the venues for this one were stadiums. Allowing there to be a lot more fans, and a lot more noise. Believe me, my ears will never be the same.

I attended the Aug. 4 concert at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. I was awaiting the concert for many months, so I was a mixture of happy, excited, and nervous on the day of. The concert not only included One Direction, but my other favorite band, 5 Seconds of Summer. They were the opening act, which was much anticipated (They’re having their own tour this summer, which I will be attending, too).

We left at 5 p.m. for the 8 p.m. concert to make sure we got there in time. There was traffic getting to and into the stadium, which was a given. While waiting in our car we talked to a police officer who told us that Ashton Irwin from 5 Seconds of Summer had walked by him a little earlier. Then we approached the opening to the stadium, and a group of hundreds of girls started screaming and running towards the SUV next to us. The truck made a quick turn into the side of MetLife, while security kept girls from jumping onto it. It seemed we were next to a member of One Direction the whole time, and didn’t even know it.

As if that wasn’t enough excitement, we went into the stadium and found our seats. We were in the nosebleeds, but it wasn’t that bad. You were able to see the big stage clearly. We waited in the hot sun for a while, and then they showed a 5sos promo. The crowd went crazy. Then, “Highway to Hell” came on, indicating it was time. The band was great, and it showed as thousands of fans sang along to their songs. They were the best opening act (which they don’t deserve to be called anymore) that I’ve ever saw.

After that, there was a pretty long wait for the big show. But it was cool to see the darkness of the night come upon us as the stadium filled. Helicopters flew ahead getting shots of the crowd. They played music and everyone sang together and danced. At one point, everyone did the Macarena.

Finally, the big show started. Parts of the band’s songs started playing, and then a video of them appeared on the jumbotron as music blared. The video showed them all over the world doing different activities. Then, they finally appeared.

Throughout the show they sang new songs, and some of their old songs. It was a great atmosphere and as a One Direction fan, it really was great to see how they, and their music, have developed over the years.

Track List:

Midnight Memories

Little Black Dress

Kiss You

Why Don’t We Go There?

Rock Me

Don’t Forget Where You Belong

Live While We’re Young

C’mon C’mon

Right Now

Through the Dark

Happily

Little Things

Moments

Strong

Better Than Words

Alive

One Thing

Diana

What Makes You Beautiful

You and I

Story of My Life

Little White Lies

Best Song Ever

It was a great experience, and after that, I definitely want to go to another. One Direction’s new album, FOUR, comes out in November. And hopefully that means a new tour. I, for one, will absolutely be going.