Harry Styles, of former One Direction fame, has carved quite the legacy for himself as a solo artist. The man has rarely had a misstep in his career, and since parting ways with One Direction, he has dabbled in acting and modeling alongside singing/songwriting.
After debuting as a solo act with his eponymous May 2017 studio album, he has the music world buzzing once more with his latest foray into singing/songwriting with the 2019 album Fine Line.
Background: The Inspiration Behind Styles' Second Album
About the album, Harry has said that:
"It is all about sex and feeling sad."
In his sophomore album, Harry Styles channels his musical heroes: the likes of David Bowie, Pink Floyd, and Joni Mitchell to bring fans a psychedelic rock record that, at its heart, is a melancholy-laden goodbye to his estranged lover.
Before the album was released, Harry dropped three singles to offer fans a glimpse into his album.
The singles, "Lights Up", "Watermelon Sugar", and "Adore You" signaled the end of Harry's teenage-heartthrob-boy-bander image and heralded the arrival of a 1970-esque psychedelic pop-rock icon.
What Music Critics Are Saying About Harry Styles' Newest Album, Fine Line
Harry Styles' newest album has been a hit with the fans and critics the world over. Boasting mostly positive reviews, Fine Line has received acclaim for the musicianship and the songwriting. Harry's decision to be more explorative in themes and musical styles also ultimately proved to be a winning stroke.
On the review aggregator Metacritic, Fine Line holds the score of 77 out of 100, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
On The Guardian, the album holds a 4 out of 5 stars. Gregory Robinson, a writer for The Guardian applauds the album as being "confident, convincing and catchy".
Alexandra Pollard, writing for The Independent also gave the album 4 out of 5 stars. She singled out songs like “Sunflower, Vol 6”, “Falling”, and “Cherry” as being the standouts and praised the album and said:
"It may not reach the pinnacle of sex or sadness, but Fine Line is a fine album nonetheless."
Rolling Stones also commended Harry Styles for experimenting with Fine Line. A contributor for Rolling Stones, Nick Catucci gave the album 4 out of 5 stars and called the album "excellent" and "outstanding".
Madison Vain, of Esquire Magazine, was particularly complimentary of the album, and called Harry Styles' new album "outrageously good". Singling out songs like “Sunflower, Vol. 6”, “Golden”, and “To Be So Lonely”, she also said of the album:
Confident and vulnerable, Fine Line, redefines manhood for the 2020s.
Harry's album was also the subject of much praise by The New York Times. A writer for the newspaper, Jon Pareles, has called the album "a production tour-de-force" and said of the album:
"There are plenty of moments, even in lesser songs, when instruments merge in shimmering brilliance and voices stack up in surreal stereo fireworks"
Harry's newest musical odyssey, Fine Line also garnered him much love from his fans. His fans, whom he affectionately refers to as Stylers, have supported him through thick and thin.
This album was no different. Already projected to be a chart-topper, Fine Line is predicted to move 420,000 and 440,000 units in its first week, thereby making it one of the biggest albums of 2019.