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EDITORS’ NOTES

One Direction’s fourth album finds the band at a crossroads: attempting to push against the musical restrictions of being one of the biggest bands in the world without losing their appeal. So out goes the joyous sugar rush of their early singles (even lead single “Steal My Girl” feels relatively muted), replaced instead with the contemplative slow burn of the lovely “Night Changes” and the Ed Sheeran-assisted “18.” There's still youthful exuberance (the lustful “Girl Almighty”), but this more pensive, thoughtful side suits them well.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

One Direction’s fourth album finds the band at a crossroads: attempting to push against the musical restrictions of being one of the biggest bands in the world without losing their appeal. So out goes the joyous sugar rush of their early singles (even lead single “Steal My Girl” feels relatively muted), replaced instead with the contemplative slow burn of the lovely “Night Changes” and the Ed Sheeran-assisted “18.” There's still youthful exuberance (the lustful “Girl Almighty”), but this more pensive, thoughtful side suits them well.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
22.1K Ratings
22.1K Ratings
Real61 ,

New Sound

Based on the free song, Fireproof, One Direction has a whole new sound for this fourth album. It seems like there is a bit more of a folk influence. If you loved Story of My Life, you’re in luck because this new album is full of chill sounds and fun lyrics. It’s so interesting to see how much this band has changed over the course of 4 years.

itsabagel ,

Fireproof is AMAZING

Your new single is perfect I can't even wait to here what you have coming up!
Love you boys xx

OriginallySkeptical ,

Great

Definitely listen to: Fool’s Gold, Stockholm Syndrome, Girl Almighty, Clouds, No Control. Was not a fan before, but One Direction’s new experimental sound hits the nail on the head, and each song is surprisingly unskippable. One of the best releases of the year. Impressive production, well-paced. While Tomlinson and Payne take up the bulk of the songwriting on this go round, it’s Styles’ two lyrical contributions that really shine; Where Do Broken Hearts Go is a huge power anthem that’s destined for radio and is a welcomed ear worm. His second song, Stockholm Syndrome, is an exciting electronically-driven hint as to what may come next for their music. Malik’s vocals shine as always, his range impressive and bringing to the table vocal power that rivals some of the more-respected vocal artists in the charts today. Fool’s Gold is my personal favorite on the album, their nostalgic and pining lyrics showing off their vocal ability yet never crossing the line into sappy. With FOUR the members of One Direction prove that their 15 minutes of fame are not drawing to an end; their careers are just beginning, and they are more than capable of carving an exciting and memorable path in pop music history. They’ve finally proven they have staying power; FOUR really changes the game, and they do so with a newfound ease, maturity, and confidence, but with the same approachable charm that captured teen hearts with their first release, Up All Night. This album isn’t just for the kids this time — everyone can enjoy FOUR. One Direction, it seems, are growing up. I’m excited for what that means next.

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