- Harry Styles

Harry Styles - Harry Styles
CRITIC SCORE
66
Based on 21 reviews
2017 Rank: #465 / 522
USER SCORE
68
Based on
188 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Rolling Stone

On his superb solo debut, the One Direction heartthrob claims his turf as a true rock & roll prince, a sunshine superman, a cosmic dancer in touch with his introspective acoustic side as well as his glam flash.

80
DIY

‘Harry Styles’ is clearly a by-product of its creator’s musical tastes and interests.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Harry Styles feels comfortable and readily worn-in.

75
Entertainment Weekly

Reconciling the folkie and the rogue hardly seems like Harry’s priority; instead, the 23-year-old basks in the privilege of paying tribute to his many musical heroes, and trying on all the styles that fit.

75
A.V. Club

On the one hand, it’s a wholly safe product, relying on familiar signifiers with decades of proven success. But it takes a bit of risk in asking Styles to take them all on himself, to present himself not as just a singer or frontman but also an artist, one who aspires to someday be considered among the pantheon of the greats.

75
Pretty Much Amazing

Harry Styles is fun listening and will rightly soundtrack many a summer. But after demanding to be treated as a capital-A Artist, Harry Styles finds himself atop a pedestal without anything to say. Whether or not that changes, he sure is pretty to look at up there.

70
AllMusic

Harry Styles works exceedingly well as a modern pop album and an extension of the One D sound and brand, but as the kind of personal statement Styles wants to make, it comes very close, but ultimately falls just short.

70
Clash

With his debut, Styles manages to escape the notorious curse of former boy banders, turned leading men, creating an immersive, reference-fuelled tribute to classic rock for the millennial generation.

70
musicOMH

There are plenty of signs though that, given time, Styles could carve out quite a niche for himself in the confessional singer/songwriter bracket.

68
Sputnikmusic
Conventionally speaking, this sort of straightforward and well-performed hard rock has been M.I.A. in the last decade, and it's nice to hear it brought back so confidently, even if it is just another marketing technique.
68
Pitchfork

The One Direction member’s solo debut pays fine tribute to classic rock’n’roll and shows off his exceptional voice, if not his enigmatic persona.

60
NME

Harry Styles’ debut album is a not-that-bad-actually mish-mash of Los Angeles’ style classic rock and ballads.

60
The Guardian

His debut album, Harry Styles, ticks every box on the Take Me Seriously checklist.

60
The Independent

Styles has opened himself up, as best he can, to his audience, and by gathering a solid team around him to help achieve that he’s created an immersive, well-produced collection of songs that isn’t trying to prove anything in particular to anyone.

60
Exclaim!
There seems to be a creative tug-of-war permeating the album: It could be the record label not wanting Styles to veer too far into singer-songwriter territory; it could be Styles himself afraid of penning music his predominantly younger audience wouldn't normally listen to. Whatever it is, it gives the album a minor but nonetheless pervasive identity crisis.
60
Time Out London

This album is no masterpiece, but it still feels like a promising start to his solo career.

60
The Telegraph

What is on offer ... are lilting melodies and scattershot lyrics set to picked and strummed acoustic guitars, paddling piano chords, yearning slide guitar licks and fiddly-diddly lead solos, handclaps and yelps.

58
Consequence of Sound

Fortunately, the missteps don’t detract too much from this ambitious, if slightly unfocused, debut.

52
GIGsoup

On his magpie solo debut, the former One Direction frontman Harry Styles serves up a series of 70’s rock poses that occasionally hit the spot but ultimately fail to convince.

40
The Needle Drop
Harry Styles' solo debut falls way short of its quality singles. Also HOW IS THERE DAD ROCK ON THIS THING?
30
Drowned in Sound

In trying to be all things to all fans, all critics, all expectations, all click-bait corners, Harry Styles has failed to make a defining statement.

May 12, 2017
thethirdverse
50
easily the best thing to come out of any of the one direction guys
May 13, 2017
EMR
53
This week we had two perfect examples of maturation in music. The first, american pop-rock band Paramore breaking out of their cage into a much more colorful and exciting album, and now, the ex-One Direction singer Harry Styles shining on his own in a solo effort that refutes (almost) completely everything he did with his previous bandmates. While both albums are undeniably referential in essence, Harry Styles' self-titled LP reads like a full exposure of his upbringing as a musical artist. ... read more
May 12, 2017
urlmahone
85
zayn is shook
May 14, 2017
blindbythelight
63
After Laughter bem melhor que essa porcaria
Aug 22, 2017*
EleanorRigby
68
With great influences of the 70's, harry releases his first solo album, with strong vocals, sonority turned pro rock and emotional lyrics. Harry has managed to create a beautiful and entertaining repertoire, not an innovative record, much less perfect, however it is still an interesting album, one of the biggest failures in this album are the compositions of Harry loaded with cliches, especially those about love relationships. Overall "Harry Styles" is a diverse debut album with ... read more
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May 12, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Columbia / Label
Pop Rock / Genres
hstyles.co.uk / Website
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Track List
  1. Meet Me in the Hallway
  2. Sign of the Times
  3. Carolina
  4. Two Ghosts
  5. Sweet Creature
  6. Only Angel
  7. Kiwi
  8. Ever Since New York
  9. Woman
  10. From the Dining Table


Added on: April 13, 2017