One Direction Midnight Memories, album review: 'A clumsy attempt at rock'
The boy band's third album is a fumbling transition from pop to rock
The classic Difficult Third Album syndrome is even more problematic for boy bands.
Take That successfully managed the process incrementally, but Midnight Memories finds One Direction fumbling the transition with clumsy attempts to adopt ill-fitting rock livery.
It's OK on tracks like “Best Song Ever”, where their pop sound and harmonies are slightly fattened up with power-chords and chunky drums; but the title-track itself is too sharp a turn into Bon Jovi/Def Leppard territory, heavily reminiscent of “Pour Some Sugar On Me”.
Meanwhile, the affectation of big rock guitar and spandex vocal snarl stains “Little Black Dress” with insincerity.
Elsewhere, “Something Great” applies Springsteen dynamics to routine fluff, while the careering new-wave guitar riff and cycling synth of “Why Don't We Go There” suggests a fancy for some of that Killers cred.
Download this: Best Song Ever; Diana
Watch the new House of Cards series three trailerTV
Oscars 2015It was the first time Barney has compered the Academy Awards
Oscars 2015 From Meryl Streep whooping Patricia Arquette's equality speech to Chris Pine in tears
Oscars 2015 Mexican filmmaker uses speech to urge 'respect' for immigrants
Oscars 2015 Bringing you all the news from the 87th Academy Awards
TV ReviewThe intrigue deepens as we delve further but don't expect any answers just yet
Razzies 2015 Golden Raspberry Awards 'honours' Cameron Diaz and Kirk Cameron
Film Hollywood's new leading lady talks about her Ramsay Street days
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 The black and blue dress: Makers considering a white and gold version
- 2 Man to be beheaded in Saudi Arabia after ripping up a Koran and hitting it with his shoe
- 3 Husband and wife die holding hands within hours of each other after 67 years of marriage
- 4 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 5 The remarkable archaeological underwater discovery that could open up a new chapter in the study of European and British prehistory
Skrillex and Diplo's 24-hour DJ set shut down by police after 18 hours
Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl: First look at Oscar winner as transgender artist
Drake matches The Beatles' record with 14 singles in top 100 chart at the same time
Aidan Turner interview: 'being a sex symbol is a little awkward'
Oscars 2015: Get a sneak peek inside this year's outrageous $125,000 goodie bags
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Russia's roadmap for annexing eastern Ukraine 'leaked from Vladimir Putin's office'