There was never a star of the UK group One Direction
since it was a boy band, but we all know the unofficial frontman was always Harry Styles
. There are some voices that are meant to sing in groups (cough cough, dull ZAYN
for instance) - meaning they wouldn't necessarily stand on their own, but together with other voices, they could blend and compliment each other quite well. Styles, on the other hand, never had a voice suited for groups. He was meant to stand on his own.
He may have taken a little bit longer than ZAYN, who shot out Mind Of Mine
almost immediately after his departure from the group, but it looks like Styles put a lot of thought into his debut solo single, "Sign of the Times." Despite the title, it's definitely the polar opposite of 2017. Nearing almost six minutes and sounding like something off of David Bowie
's Ziggy Stardust
's A Night At The Opera,
it's a 70's rock-tinged piano ballad that showcases Styles' range and knack for melodies. While ZAYN is mansplaining the meaning of casual dating to young girls and Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne are off being fathers, Styles is blossoming and maturing musically. Loyal One Direction fans will continue to follow and non-1Ders like myself will start to latch onto Styles' reinvented sound. It's unexpected, powerful, and if it's any indication of how the rest of the debut record will sound, well then we simply can't wait much longer. Ever since One Direction started, people wondered which member of the group would become the next Justin Timberlake, and the answer couldn't have been more obvious.