One Direction’s ‘Midnight Memories’ – What You Need To Know
The global pop phenomenon return with their third album this week. Here’s the skinny on the hugely anticipated Midnight Memories:
What’s The Background?
For the third November in a row, One Direction are back with a new album, but it’s not like they’ve been away recording for very long. The world tour in support of their second record Take Me Home, which kicked off in February at London’s O2 Arena actually only came to an end on November 3 in Toyko, but during that time the band have found time to promote their hugely successful film This Is Us.
Are There Big Name Collaborators?
Loads and loads. As with their previous effort, there’s a track penned by McFly, with this particular ditty titled ‘Don’t Forget Where You Belong’.
Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody is also onboard, having penned a big ballad with Harry Styles named ‘Something Great’. One Republic’s Ryan Tedder features too, co-writing a track titled ‘Right Now’.
Most of the co-writers on the record come from songwriting superstars Ed Drewett, Julian Bunetta and Wayne Hector. Drewett’s range of credits include The Wanted’s ‘Glad You Came’ and Olly Murs’ recent hit ‘Dear Darlin’’, Bunetta has written for the likes of Hilary Duff and Leona Lewis in the past and Hector is the man credited with over 30 of Westlife’s hits.
What Does It Sound Like?
The band themselves have described Midnight Memories as a rockier record, which is a far summation. What’s more evident than anything is how keen Simon Cowell and his team are to make sure the band stay on top of current trends. Across the record you can hear the distinct tones of Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers alongside the big indie soundings of Coldplay and Snow Patrol.
There are fewer ballads and less bombastic pop. It’s slickly produced, four-to-the-floor, very poppy rock mostly.
Does It Deliver?
This record won’t change anyone’s mind about One Direction, but it certainly won’t slow down the juggernaut either. The band clearly feel like they’ve found a formula that they’re very happy with (and the record/ticket/merchandise sales don’t exactly dispute that) and are keen to stick with it.
Anyone hoping for a curveball will be disappointed, this is business as usual, which will suit most fans just fine.
One Direction’s Midnight Memories is out on Monday 25th November. Available in-store as an hmv exclusive version with 4 postcards. You can hear the album’s lead-off single ‘Best Song Ever’ below.