Liam Payne’s LP1 - What You Need To Know
The One Direction man becomes the fourth member of the band to drop a solo album. It’s called LP1, it arrives in hmv stores today (December 6th) and here is everything you need to know about it…
A little background...
Almost four years after One Direction announced that they were going on hiatus and a full two years after he dropped his first solo single, Payne finally unveils his solo album.
It was supposed to be with us a lot sooner, as soon as the start of 2018, with Payne stating that it would follow hot on the heels of his debut single ‘Bedroom Floor’. But the delays kept coming, as did the singles. Seven in all, all slowly building up to the album's release.
To give the delay some context, a lot happened to Payne during the album's creation, he became a Father, toured extensively and also became the face of Hugo Boss, a campaign which, we imagine, meant rather a lot of time in the gym...
Who’s producing it?
As you’d expect, with Payne’s star power and worldwide fanbase, it’s a who’s who of current producers. OneRepublic man Ryan Tedder is on there, providing ballad ‘Say It All’, production team The Monsters and the Strangerz, who've provided hits for Maroon 5, Camila Cabello and Demi Lovato, are on there.
Norwegian super producers StarGate, Steve Mac, who helped One Direction write so many of their early hits and former Ordinary Boys frontman Preston are all on there too. The list is lengthy and very impressive.
Any special guests?
Bloody loads. Rappers Quavo and A Boogie wit da Hoodie, singer-songwriter J Balvin, Rita Ora, dance producers Cheat Codes as well as big-time hitmakers Zedd and Jonas Blue.
What does it sound like?
LP1 comes in at 17 tracks, so there’s a lot to take in here, but Payne’s sound is slick R&B. It’s the sound of someone who grew up listening to Usher, Pharrell Williams and Justin Timberlake channelling all that.
Built around fizzy production and big, big choruses. Payne’s take on R&B is cleaner and more straightforward than his influences and even his former One Direction bandmate Zayn Malik.
Does it deliver?
Four years in the making and with seven singles already out in the world, fans will just be relieved the album is finally here. It establishes Payne's sound and caps off this first phase of his solo career.