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Harry Styles' Fine Line: What You Need To Know
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Harry Styles' Fine Line: What You Need To Know

After gliding to the top of the album charts on both sides of the Atlantic with his 2017 debut LP, the former One Direction man is back this week with it's keenly-anticipated follow-up.

His second full-length offering Fine Line makes its arrival in stores today, here's everything you need to know...

 

A little background...

Since the release of his self-titled debut album in 2017, Mr. Styles has enjoyed his first solo headline tour, which took in more than 80 dates across North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. He also unveiled a behind-the-scenes documentary charting the making of his debut in the studio.

The first word of a follow-up came in August this year, when it was reported that Styles was putting the finishing touches on his second studio album. The first single 'Lights Up' emerged in October, with the album announcement following shortly afterwards in November.


Who's producing it?

Kid Harpoon and Tyler Johnson have done most of the legwork on the production side of things, but there are also key contributions from Greg Kurstin, Jeff Bhasker, Mitch Rowland and Sammy White. Some of the alum has been recorded at the legendary Shangri-La studios in Malibu, California, owned by Rick Rubin.


Any special guests?

Not in terms of performers, no. It's pretty much just Harry on his own here.


What does it sound like?

Styles told Rolling Stone in a recent interview that the new album is “all about having sex and feeling sad”, and while that may be true of the lyrics, from a musical point of view Fine Line isn't anything like as downbeat as that description might suggest.

Sure, there are hints of melancholy even amongst the slick pop of songs like 'Adore You' and 'Watermelon Sugar', but elsewhere across the album, particularly on the euphoric 'Lights Up', the feeling is one of optimism and hope.


Does it deliver?

If you're a fan from the One Direction days then you may well be the kind of person who would've loved Fine Line even if it was bang average, but it's considerably better than that. There's no shortage of artists making slick pop records right now, but there aren't many that create the same sense of warmth found across the new album's 12 tracks. Of all the solo efforts released by his former bandmates so far, this is arguably the most accomplished yet.


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