There’s no denying the fact that when One Direction’s biggest hit ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ comes on the radio, it is impossible not to sing along (don’t you dare try to convince me that you don’t). This renowned 5 member boyband from the UK are said to have become bigger than the Beatles - yes, you heard me, THE BEATLES. The group of guys with a 2 second long climb up the ladder of fame consists of Zayn Malik (the pretty one), Harry Styles (the curly haired one), Liam Payne (the muscular one), Niall Horan (the compulsory Irish one), and Louis Tomlinson (the short one). They have released two studio albums that consisted of nothing but the expected cookie-cutter pop music; not to say it wasn’t good - it was just everything you’d presume would come from a fresh faced young boyband. However, on October 28th, a song was released that made everyone cock their head and wonder if they had accidentally clicked on the wrong Youtube link. This new single from their upcoming album Midnight Memories is titled ‘Story Of My Life’. It’s a smooth, guitar-driven song that seems to have been largely influenced by folk and alternative music, and thankfully the lyrics are a wee bit more insightful than we’ve seen in the past (ie. “We’re like na na na, then we’re like yeah yeah yeah”… Repeat 20 times). Perhaps they thought it was about time to record a song that was more fit to their personal tastes in music, rather than the typical, crowd-pleasing, bubblegum pop. The song starts soft and transitions into a fuller chorus, which remains true to the boys’ strong harmonies with the drum and acoustic guitar keeping an enticing beat. Does this foreshadow that the one direction they're heading in will be touring their new album in underground pubs and selling it only on vinyl in smelly old record stores?
LONG STORY SHORT: Filled with emotional lyrics and solos that could cause a nation-wide swooning epidemic, this song is a definite success in my books. It’s the type of song that just makes me want to ride a horse bareback through a stark desert, or something deep and intense like that, you know? The songs that just make you think of a galloping horse? Yeah, it’s one of those.