Harry Styles: Fine Line Album Review

The perfect balance between non-toxic masculinity and flamboyance is epitomised in Harry Styles’s newest album, Fine Line. He created something that feels both nostalgic and timeless at the same time, in which his captivating personality can bleed into every note.

While his first self-titled album followed the joys and follies of being in love, this second one takes you on a journey of heartbreak with the undertones of 70s psychedelic-pop feels and folk-rock influences.

The sounds drastically change from track to track, following the emotional roller-coaster that is this breakup, to the point where it`s almost structured like a run thru of the stages of grief.

The album starts with a sort of hopeful desperation to have this love last forever, but lines like Adore You`s “you don’t have to say you love me, you don’t have to say nothin’, you don’t have to say you’re mine” lead us to a predictable fall from grace that comes in the shape of Falling, a painfully beautiful ballad that could be considered the climax of the album. Here he brings his agony to the surface making you nostalgic for a love you never knew you needed.

It closes on the track Fine Line which pieces together the journey with an ethereal sound. It brings together the wresting emotions of love and hate identified in the previous tracks and underlines the difference between love and lust presented throughout the album, while he misses the joy described in Watermelon Sugar, the emotional openness of Golden is alluded to never have been reciprocated.

It`s easy to understand why Styles, of all the former One Direction members, is the one to have found the most success: he has the power to make you wish that each of his songs is about you as they become a perfect soundtrack to your own memories.

Sub-edited by Gemma Rootes

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