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One Direction: Midnight Memories Album Review

December 09, 2013

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One Direction: Midnight Memories Album Review - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Dec 09, 2013
( Rating: 4 Star Rating)

One Direction just released their third studio album Midnight Memories, and we think that 1D has found some new, exciting directions for their sound. Find out more in the Kidzworld Album Review of Midnight Memories!

Midnight Memories is 1D's third albumMidnight Memories is 1D's third albumCourtesy of Sony

Midnight Memories

One Direction may be a "boy" band, but their third studio album sees the boys maturing in both their sound and their lyrics - in fact if you check out the writing credits on each song, you'll notice that at least one member helped pen nearly every track. Unlike the straight up pop and ballad offerings of the first two albums, 1D change it up by adding some arena rock and folk rock elements to their songs, as well as providing lyrics that are more contemplative than ever before. On an album packed full of songs, not every single one will be a winner, but each one shows them trying out something new - whether it's tapping into an '80s glam sound or channeling The Lumineers cosy acoustic love songs. Don't worry though, it's not all songs about growing up and love lost or found - there are some  tracks mixed in as well - just think of the irst single off the track "Best Song Ever".

The video for Best Song EverThe video for Best Song EverCourtesy of Sony

Funnily enough "Best Song Ever," is not really the best song on the album - although we admit it's pretty catchy and fun. There are a few standout tracks on this record, one of which is the upbeat "Happily", co-written by Harry Styles this foot-stomping, hand clapping tune is like candy for your ears. One of the best melting moments on the album is the almost-but-not-quite too sappy "You & I", and "Diana" has all the spiky energy of an arena rock song straight from the '80s. "Midnight Memories" is the song most likely to get you jumping up and down, but many of the rest of the tracks on the album have more of a folky-bluegrass undertone to them. All in all, it's exciting to see One Direction growing up and learning new tricks beyond the regular boy band stuff - if Midnight Memories is anything to go by, then they'll have the ability to stay on top of the pop scene for a long time to come.

One Direction in Teen Vogue, September 2013One Direction in Teen Vogue, September 2013Courtesy of Teen Vogue

Track List

  1. Best Song Ever
  2. Story of My Life
  3. Diana
  4. Midnight Memories
  5. You & I
  6. Don't Forget Where You Belong
  7. Strong 
  8. Happily
  9. Right Now
  10. Little Black Dress
  11. Through the Dark
  12. Something Great
  13. Litle White Lies
  14. Better Than Words
  15. Why Don't We Go There
  16. Does He Know
  17. Alive
  18. Half a Heart

Midnight Memories Album Review Rating: 4

Check out "Story of My Life", the second single off Midnight Memories, below!

 

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