Harry Styles has returned with new music after almost three years since the release of “Fine Line” in 2019.With the amount of success from “Fine Line,” standards remained high for the former One Direction member. Harry Styles released his third studio album titled “Harry’s House” May 20.
Music for a Sushi Restaurant
Being the first song off the album, “Music for a Sushi Restaurant” sets the tone for a great album. With ’70s inspired music and clever lyrics, the song is sure to get you on your feet. Lyrics like “I could cook an egg on you” and “if the stars were edible” give a playful use of food to which Styles no stranger. From “Watermelon Sugar” to “Music for a Sushi Restaurant,” food is surely a topic that will be seen again throughout the album. Overall, the song is a feel-good song anyone can blast when needing a pick me up.
Late Night Talking
“Late Night Talking” was first shown to the public when Styles performed in front of thousands at the Coachella Music Festival in mid-April and was a crowd favorite. The ’80s synth in the background takes you back in time or even to a roller rink. Following MFASR, “Late Night Talking” keeps the pace high and energetic.
As mentioned earlier the food and drink references keep coming; the song titled “Grapejuice” begins with more of an edgy guitar as Styles whispers to the listener but quickly changes pace. Turning into a soft and playful tune, it seems as though Styles pokes fun at desire for wine. Throughout the song, the listener goes on a journey with Styles as he becomes drunk of red wine rather than the white wine and pink Moscato he claims to be tired of.
As It Was
The first, and so far only, single of the album, “As It Was” is in the running for Billboard’s Song of the Summer. The high energy song was released April 1 and has remained in Billboard’s Top 100. Using the ’80s synth pop sound once again, Styles has managed to create yet another song to get you dancing. One of the saddest songs on the album, as per Styles in an interview with Zane Lowe, the high energy is felt from the very beginning including the voicemail by Styles’ goddaughter.
As we reach the half point of the album, “Daylight” keeps the ’80s and ’70s inspired music by creating another upbeat song. The song keeps it sweet, especially with lyrics like “you’d be the spoon, dip you in honey, so I could be sticking to you” keeping listeners close to Styles’ heart.
Do not be fooled by the title, “Little Freak” is a slow and heartbreaking song about accepting one’s flaws in a relationship. Lyrics throughout the song like “I disrespected you, jumped in feet first and I landed too hard, broke an ankle, karma rules, you never saw my birthmark,” puts into perspective how one might put too much into a partner who is not giving the same energy and how you can get hurt in the end.
Well, if you have not shed a tear after “Little Freak,” it is time to pull out the tissues. Styles in his own words has stated that “Matilda” is advice to someone he knew personally going through some issues that he believed were not healthy; he uses Roald Dahl’s book “Matilda” as a gateway to express that pain by using the character of Matilda. “You can let it go, you can throw a party full of everyone you know and not invite your family” is just one set of lyrics that depict the pain people can feel when having a strenuous relationship with their parents and or family.
Throughout the album we hear the influences of ’70s and ’80s music and it is even more evident in “Cinema.” From the bass guitar added by John Mayer, to the catchy lyrics, “Cinema” is sure to get you looking for the closest roller rink or finding a pair of bell bottoms.
Very much alike to “Cinema,” the bass guitar by John Mayer again has let this album be cohesive with the ’70s and ’80s influence. Both songs hold similar bass lines and harmonies and could even be songs of the summer if given the chance to be singles.
Listening to the song for the first time the lyrics seem confusing and out of place, almost like random thoughts put into song, which at the time makes sense, but after listening for hours the song is a metaphor for a failing relationship. “A small concern with how the engine sounds
We held darkness in withheld clouds, I would ask, “should we just keep driving?” This set specifically shows how some people choose to ignore the problems and “just keep driving.” Throughout the song random items seem to be worded off but can show how sometimes people get sidetracked by many things, not allowing them to pause and think about the problems at hand.
As we reach the end of the album, “Satellite” is the turning point for a more calming and peaceful ending. Just like the name, the song gives a sense of floating and letting life take you wherever it plans to. Though lyrics like “you got a new life, am I bothering you?” gives insight into an ex not wanting to open up or not wanting to talk to Styles.
You might think as a guy, Styles might not admit the faults boyfriends have and he himself might even have but, that is exactly what the song is about. The song is Styles’ way of telling partners how we accept boyfriends into our lives no matter how much they damage us. Throughout the song Styles’ even states how we go back to our boyfriends no matter the damage, making us the fool for letting us to get hurt again.
Love of my Life
Romance is an evident theme in this album, but you cannot get any more romantic than a song titled “Love of my Life.” However according to Styles, it is not about a romantic relationship with a person but his hometown. Even though it is a song about love for a town, the romance is there and evident and able to give your partner the perfect message of how much you love them.
Overall, Harry’s House is a mixture of sounds with cohesion, from the ’70s and ’80s inspiration to tracing back to his roots of folk music in his first album, Styles knows how to make an album. Like his second album “Fine Line,” award nominations are soon as Styles’ welcomes us into his home, the music.
Itzel Giron is the multimedia editor and can be reached at [email protected]; @by.itzel.giron on Instagram; @itzel_anahi_16 on Twitter.