Artist: Niall Horan
Genres: Pop, folk-pop, the kind of music that makes you daydream about love.
Discography: This is Niall’s first solo album, but you can definitely check out his albums with One Direction: Up All Night (2011), Take Me Home (2012), Midnight Memories (2013), Four (2014), and Made in the A.M. (2015)
Choosing a favorite member of 1D is like picking a favorite movie: subjective, and… impossible. Some days, you might be absorbed/obsessed by Louis, but find yourself in a Harry mood a few weeks later. Totally normal. But if there’s one thing we can agree upon– it’s Niall’s constant amazingness.
Weather report: heavy showers of heart emojis
Dearest Niall AKA the Selfie King, thank you for blessing our ears with your solo music. I can already hear the sea of girls screaming at your sold-out tour dates.
Is the album great? Yes.
100% swoon? Yes.
Is he the folksy songbird of his generation? Yes.
Should you listen to it? ALL CAPS YES.
The epitome of awesome + humble + hilarious
Niall Horan’s Flicker is a vulnerable, kind, and articulated collection of uniformly solid ballads. Following the usual post-boy-band playbook, we get a thorough look at the singer’s emotional identity. Flicker is a melodically fun album – perfect background music for a drive to the cottage or cooking with friends on a Sunday afternoon.
Stadium-ready choruses and lighter-waving songs
One Direction’s resident goofball definitely challenged himself vocally and lyrically. That being said, songs like “Seeing Blind”, “Flicker”, “You and Me” are flushed with romance, beautifully crafted, and offer a tender introduction to heartaches and mysteries of young adulthood.
This lilting album will make your heart go “aww” more than once.
The lyrics are a charming amalgam of melodrama and insight: “And I want to tell you everything, the words I never got to say the first time around.”, “My heart is hoping, you’ll walk right in tonight.”
Contemporary folk roots that run deep
The 24-year old’s style offers an undeniable soul quality and great vocal control. Percussions are strongly featured throughout the album, enhanced with bluesy well-dressed guitar chords. While expanding his musicianship, Niall Horan is all in all an engaging songwriter and I look forward seeing his solo career blossom over the years to come. Color me impressed.
Tracks you kinda need to check out ASAP:
- “Too Much To Ask” (first song on my future wedding playlist)
- “You And Me” (second song on my future wedding playlist)
- “Slow Hands” (third song on my future wedding playlist)
- “Mirrors” (fourth song on my future wedding playlist)
Check out his latest tracks on Stingray Music!
1D die-hard fan only? No probs.