Pop sensation Harry Styles is set to release his third album on Friday, a sweet collection whose twangy synths and smooth acoustics complement the personal lyrics of his most intimate record to date.
The former boy band idol for the teenage masses has become an idol for all, and the suave tones and tender adulation of “Harry’s House” betray a pop star in love.
The album conjures up the sonic equivalent of a warmly lit Californian afternoon by the pool, while showcasing Styles’ increasingly honed songwriting skills – who are increasingly vying for make you blush.
“I feel like it’s kind of a collection of all my favorite things and feels a lot like the album I’ve always wanted to do, so I’m really happy,” Styles said after performing Thursday morning. on the stage of the show “Today”. at Rockefeller Plaza in New York.
“It’s definitely the most personal record I think I’ve made,” he said on the show. “Obviously the pandemic and everything that happened added to the way it was made. It was made by a few people in a small room.”
“I think it’s the freest music I’ve ever felt.”
Styles, born in England, was catapulted to fame as part of One Direction, which reigned from 2010 to 2016 and remain one of the best-selling boy bands of all time.
Styles released his first solo album in 2017 and soared to the top of the charts, followed by 2019’s “Fine Line” which was also a resounding commercial success.
And as his solo career blossomed, Styles came to embody an emotionally available crooner whose charisma, fluid style and sense of compassion saw him dubbed a champion of inclusion.
In his new song “Boyfriends,” he comes across as the dreamy antithesis of…all boyfriends, traversing the flaws of toxic masculinity and presenting himself as an ally to those who are heartbroken.
– Emotional, but make it sexy –
But he’s more than a bleeding heart: Styles is thirsty.
After the thinly veiled ode to cunnilingus he gave with the hit from his second album “Watermelon Sugar”, the artist’s most vigorous references on “Harry’s House” include wet dreams, orgasms, erotic suffocation and side breasts.
“Green eyes, fried rice,” he sings on the “Music for A Sushi Restaurant” bop.
“I could cook you an egg.
It’s just one of many lyrical choices that read particular works but in practice, a testament to the artist’s honed poetic chops and budding drive to unveil the contours of his desires.
Styles is believed to be dating Olivia Wilde, who cast him in the upcoming psychological thriller ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ which she directed.
“I bring the pop to the movies / You pop when we get intimate,” he sings in the chorus of the heart-pounding disco track “Cinema” — a sexual ballad of a song that seems to reference his relationship with her.
But for all his suggestive lyrics, Styles – whose rise to stardom has come with scrutiny of how famous artists are stalked about their personal lives – prefers to keep his affairs private just that.
He’s had to probe his sexuality and love life for years, but in a recent interview he said he finds those questions “outdated.”
“The point of knowing where we should be moving towards, which is accepting everyone and being more open, is that it doesn’t matter,” he told Better Homes and Gardens in an interview published last month. “It’s about not having to label everything, not having to clarify the boxes you tick.”
That attitude certainly works for Styles, who, upon the release of his third album, counts himself among the world’s most endearing pop stars.
His consummate sympathy was on full display as he headlined last month’s Coachella festival, donning a multicolored disco ball and stripped of a jumpsuit to tease his new music in front of a sea of screaming, hormonal fans.
“It’s big here, isn’t it?” he joked, relying on the charm he imbued with his music – shy but sexy, modest but glamorous, a modern pop star on top of the world…AFP
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