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1D finds new ‘direction’

OneDirection

Following the departure of Zayn Malik in March 2015, One Direction’s Madison Stowersfuture seemed uncertain. With the recent release of Made in the A.M., however, the four-piece asserted its dominance as the most successful boy-band in the world.

The soulful single “Drag Me Down” is a powerful arena rock song, among the best in the group’s catalog. It contrasts strongly with A.M.’s ballads, “Infinity” and “If I Could Fly,” which contain some of the record’s most poignant lyrics. The former is a moving orchestral piece; the latter, a touching piano ballad reminiscent of Phil Collins. 

“What A Feeling” is a solid piece of ‘80s-flavored pop, while “History” borders on ‘50s doo-wop. Country-infused tracks such as “Love You Goodbye” and “Long Way Down” stand out against the group’s pop oeuvre. “Never Enough” sports an a capella intro, showcasing the quartet’s vocal ranges and arguably serving as A.M.’s best track.

The album’s deluxe version contains four bonus tracks: “Temporary Fix,” “Walking in the Wind,” “Wolves,” and “A.M.”

“Temporary Fix,” with its rousing pop-punk, segues into the indie-influenced “Walking in the Wind.”

The most heartfelt track of all is “A.M.” A more fitting album-closer could not have been chosen; it provides a meaningful end to Made in the A.M., signalling the beginning of the group’s one-year hiatus.

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