Louis Tomlinson - Walls
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2020 Ratings: #583 / 587
User Score
Based on 191 ratings
2020 Ratings: #997
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January 31, 2020 / Release Date
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Simco / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Spectrum Culture

Walls is an introspective look at growing up and finding yourself—and your voice.

60
NME

What could be tinged with resentment and grit – both from being effectively abandoned, and taking notes from the grumpier of the two Gallaghers – is actually just quite pleasant.

60
AllMusic

Like any other settled adult, he's perfectly content to stick to the reliable and Walls winds up being the most mature and natural of the ex-1D bunch.

60
The Young Folks

Even with the misses on the album, it’s refreshing to see an artist like Louis Tomlinson taking the time to get his bearings and release the album he truly wants to release.

50
Rolling Stone

Despite some promising moments, the One Direction member’s solo debut doesn’t quite assert enough musical independence.

48
Pitchfork

The latest One Directioner to go his own way tackles big themes, but the music is filled with the kind of dead-eyed vocal delivery and lazy drumming, strumming, and writing that all pop stars fear.

40
The Independent

The album – so full of drawling balladry and anodyne lyrics – is deeply unremarkable. Listening to it is like wading through a quagmire of banality.

40
The Sydney Morning Herald

Louis reaches for the dizzying heights of glittery Britpop, but falls short.

snowman
26
It’s like you asked a bot to listen to 100 hours of singer songwriter albums and then make its own album.
dumbmoonlight
70
One thing I admire in stan culture is: The more obsessed the person is with an artist, the more that person will try to make you obsessed. It's like "Birdbox", but switch the "alien" for a Spotify premium account. Yes, I can listen to 3 albums in 3 hours if three 3 albums have a 1-hour length. Duh.

While Harry Styles shine on the gay route and Liam Payne still refuses to open an OnlyFans account, Louis Tomlinson remembers himself he still has that 15-minute bonus attention ... read more
Doublez
48
Luckily Walls is not as chaotic as Liam Payne's LP1, but he's far from being as good musically and fun as Harry Styles' Fine Line. So yes, you might say, "but DoubleZ, you don't get it, it's a sad album that's about touching things, so there's no fun in it! It's true sometimes it's poignant and lyrically real because he talks about his sorrows and in particular about the disappearance of his mother and recently of his sister? Globally Walls is oriented on feelings and life and I understand ... read more
leonardo
78
the former member from One Direction finally has something to call his own! his debut album sets a very personal thematic to the audience, with lyrics that come from the heart. that’s pretty convincing given Louis’ kindness. it’s a much delightful pop album that can go from “man, turn this shit up!” to “i feel sad, i miss someone” very specifically. i do think of the album with a gentle characteristic, for it deals with emotions nonchalantly and it ... read more
CyXato
40
Generic

I couldn't finish this, it was so boring, it was so generic. A singer songwriter album with no personality. Louis has a good voice yeah, and this isn't bad, but there is just nothing interesting about this. It is so mediocre and yea. Well it is slightly bad. Mainstream pop this year isn't looking too good.

Best Tracks: Don't Let It Break Your Heart, Walls
Worst Tracks: Kill My Mind, We Made It
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Track List

  1. Kill My Mind
  2. Don't Let It Break Your Heart
  3. Two of Us
  4. We Made It
  5. Too Young
  6. Walls
  7. Habit
  8. Always You
  9. Fearless
  10. Perfect Now
  11. Defenceless
  12. Only the Brave
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Added on: October 23, 2019