Harry Styles

Harry Styles - Harry Styles
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2017 Ratings: #739 / 861
User Score
Based on 775 ratings
2017 Ratings: #540
Liked by 24 people
May 12, 2017 / Release Date
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Columbia / Label
Pop Rock / Genres
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The Young Folks

Overall, Harry Styles is a wonderfully diverse debut album that does a nice job of blending modern sounds with classic rock influences.

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.


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

The Line of Best Fit

Harry Styles feels comfortable and readily worn-in.

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.

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.

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.


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.


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.


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

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.

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.


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

The Guardian

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

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.

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.
Time Out London

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

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.

The Observer

This album was born as a song cycle about relationships. On that count, Harry Styles doesn’t disappoint – even if, overall, you wish this album rocked its innovations harder.

Spectrum Culture

Harry Styles takes on the unenviable task of presenting its hero as a solo star.

The Arts Desk
Ultimately, it’s a decent enough debut, but Styles isn’t trying to reinvent the form and comparisons to artists who did are as unhelpful to him as they are inaccurate.
Consequence of Sound

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


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.

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

Who expected any of the One Direction guys to produce any music that had any real worth? No one, that's for sure. But Harry Styles surprisingly comes out with a fun, energetic and surprisingly dense solo record that really re-invents Harry Styles from "Teen-Girl fantasy" to "swave, interesting and entertaining artist" in one swoop.

Favorite Jams: Kiwi, Only Angel, Sign of the Times

Lest Favorite: Ever Since New York
zayn is shook
Harry Styles’ debut album is more enjoyable than it has any right to be. Decent songwriting, beautiful production and a great dose of rock inspiration on his sleeve. There are a few blunders, though, and the songwriting could still use work.

Fav Tracks: Sign of the Times, Kiwi, Sweet Creature, Only Angel, Two Ghosts

Least Fav Track: Woman

The only stand out tracks are Sign of the Times and Kiwi.
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
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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
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Added on: April 13, 2017