One Direction - 'Take Me Home' First Listen!
MTV give their verdict on The X Factor band's second album...
One Direction have already taken the world by storm with their debut album Up All Night, and now, the lads are about send Directoners across the land into a frenzy with their second studio LP, Take Me Home.
The LP - which features thirteen tracks of 1D goodness - is bound to make their fans weak at the knees, with Take Me Home seeing the lads acting a little more grown up.
However, it still has its fair share of sugary sweet sentiments about first romance and unrequited love, but it also touches on more mature themes as the fivesome also croon about sleepover sessions with the girls of their dreams on several of the songs.But they haven't matured too much. It's that ability to maintain enough innocence that makes these kinds of sentiments more swoonworthy than cringeworthy.
And, while many other pop acts are still angling for EDM-heavy records, this album has a more live band feel, with guitar and drums playing heavily into the sonics of Take Me Home.
Bouncing between slower tempo tunes and up-tempo tracks, the album includes production and songwriting credits from a number of A-listers like Ed Sheeran, Dr. Luke, Shellback, Toby Gad, and of course, Rami Yacoub, Carl Falk and Savan Kotecha - who not only worked on a handful of tracks on this album, but also penned 1D's smash hit What Makes You Beautiful.
After kicking things off with their lead single, Live While We're Young, the album's second song is the butterflies-inducing Kiss You.
The album gets its cheeky title from this song's chorus, where the boys sing, "If you don't wanna take it slow/You just wanna take me home/ Baby say, 'Yeah'/ And let me kiss you."
If that wasn't enough pop power to make Directioners plot ways to take the guys home with them, the "na na na" breakdown and Motown-tinged melody certainly will leave fans wanting more.
Another standout tune is the Shellback-produced number Heart Attack. With its staccato, bouncy beat, the guys make heartbreak worth dancing to as they pine about a girl who is too hot to get over. (Haven't we all been there?)
"You're giving me a heart attack/ Looking like you do," the guys share, later adding: "Never thought it'd hurt so bad getting over you."
Rock Me pays homage to the anthem rock of Brit acts like Queen with its big, stadium beat. But, Harry and Co still manage to reel it in with nods of an acoustic guitar.
The chorus is a bit silly, but certainly gets the job done in all its toe-tapping goodness: "I want you to rock me/ I want you to push the pedal/ Heavy metal/ Show me you care."
There's a number of slow songs on the album, including two folk-tinged tracks penned by Sheeran (their single, Little Things, as well as the break-up-to-make-up ballad, Over Again).
And while they are all strong and definitely show the vocal range of the guys in the band, their track, Last First Kiss, certainly will have girls hitting repeat.
It follows the guys as they share their true feelings with their crush. Slow and steady, the guys sing: "Baby, let me be your last first kiss/ I want to be the first to take it all the way like this." It would be hard for any fan to resist the subtle hints dropped by the lads on this track.
The swoons don't end there. The deluxe edition of the album includes Irresistible.Co-written by all five guys in the group, it is full of longing.
"Midnight ain't no time for laughing/ When you say goodbye," they sing, "It makes your lips so kissable/ Your fingertips so touchable/ And your eyes irresistible." If those admissions don't melt your heart, we're not sure you have one.
Final Thought: One Direction show why they are the biggest boyband in the world, with their sugary-sweet poptastic sounds and loveable lyrics, while also experimenting with guitar ballads - giving the album a much more credible feel. A must have for any 1D fan, proving that One Direction's quest for world domination isn't over yet!
MTV.co.uk verdict: 9/10
Take Me Home is released on Monday, 12th November.