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Let’s Talk About: One Direction’s Newest Album

One Direction officially released their third album, Midnight Memories, yesterday (it had been leaked way earlier than that) and we have been listening to it quite a lot since. Obviously.

Hilary: I quite like Little Black Dress.  It sounds remarkably like something Bruce Springsteen would’ve sung (in 1987) and I think we can all agree that Bruce Springsteen is awesome.

Julia: He is awesome! At first when I was listening to the full album I found it kind of disconcerting because it was so all over the place – there were 80s rock songs, folk songs, and pop songs – and it was possibly the least cohesive album I’ve ever heard. I was a bit worried that this was them, growing up a bit, trying to find their sound and failing. But when we learned that they co-wrote the majority of the songs on the album, it makes more sense! Harry and Nial wrote the folk songs, Louis and Liam wrote the 80s rock songs (who would have thought?) and the pop songs were written for them. It just makes so much more sense now.

Hilary: It really does. Zayn, it appears, had little to no involvement in the writing process. Do you know what Zayn has been doing? According to this article on Buzzfeed, he’s been tackling the overwhelming and thrilling challenge of bringing turtlenecks back to style. I have to admit, he does wear a turtleneck well. It’s really quite unusual because I have rarely seen a man in a turtleneck who was not fifty-seven and also wearing either a beret or a tweed jacket with elbow patches.

Julia: Wow, Zayn. What a spectacular use of time. He actually does look rather dapper though. And perhaps we wouldn’t have wanted him to write any of the songs because he can be notoriously moody!

Hilary: Well that’s true. I don’t want to just be depressed for the entire album. I think my favourite song by far is Happily and mostly because it’s delightfully folky. I swear there’s a banjo in there somewhere, which is remarkable for a boy band. 98° never did that! Or possibly they did. I don’t know, I never really listened to them.

Julia: There definitely is banjo in there, and I of course love it as well. Never once did O-Town play the banjo, for which we can all be extremely grateful. There are a lot of songs on this album that I think if you didn’t know it they were by 1D you wouldn’t guess that to be the case. Some, for example sound like Whitesnake. Not necessarily ideal, still enjoyable. Some like “Diana” make literally no sense at all, until you decide it’s about a cardiologist. “Let me be the one to light a fire inside those eyes,/You’ve been lonely,/You don’t even know me,/But I can feel you crying,/Diana,/Let me be the one to lift your heart up and save your life,/ I don’t think you even realize baby you’d be saving mine.” It’s so obviously about a cardiologist. If it’s not, it makes no sense at all.

Hilary: I didn’t like that song at first, but then I listened to it with the new-found knowledge that it is being sung from the perspective of a lonely cardiologist and now I love it (or at least like it slightly better than I did previously; love is a very strong word). I mean, clearly Diana is a very lonely woman with a heart condition in which her heart has fallen. This is why he’s lifting it up and consequently saving her life. And she’s obviously crying because she’s alone. And also probably having someone physically lift up your heart is quite painful.

Julia: I think it takes a lot of creativity to sing about lonely cardiologists. While still super catchy and fun, I find the lyrics to Alive deeply troubling. I honestly think that the person they’re singing about might have a mental illness and just because it makes you feel alive does not actually mean it’s ok. I can think of SO many examples where that is absolutely untrue. Heroin for one.

Hilary: I just looked up the lyrics. Judging by the first verse alone, the song is 100% about sex addictions. Also, this therapist they’re consulting should have her licence revoked. You do no say to someone who is asking why they want to be with every girl they meet, “it’s fine so long as you feel like you’re alive”. Terrible advice. Terrible, terrible advice. Also, for all the young ladies out there (and some of the older ladies as well, tbh), don’t let some guy talk you into doing something just because he swears it’ll make you “feel alive” even if he is Zayn Malik in a turtleneck. I mean, if you want to do, go for it, that’s your prerogative (just like Bobby Brown). But if you don’t, feeling alive is not a good enough reason to abandon all of your personal values.

Julia: Good, solid advice. The seductive powers of a turtleneck know no ends. RESIST!

Hilary: Well, the seductive powers of a turtleneck on Zayn knows no ends. It think there are definite ends to the seductive powers of a turtleneck on, say, Jack Nicholson. Or my grade eleven chemistry teacher. Her turtlenecks did not make crucibles anymore thrilling than they already were (re: weren’t).

But seriously, how much does the beginning of this song sound like Jesse’s Girl? A lot is the answer.

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The real problem with Miley

…Is that her music is so insidiously catchy. There is nothing worse than a song that’s sneaky-catchy. That’s not a real music term, but I think it should be, because it happens so often. You’re watching Ellen, you’re in your car, you’re harmlessly perusing Vine and you hear a strain of “Wrecking Ball” and even the smallest of musical phrases, even out of context, manage to worm your way into your subconscious so that for the of the day you’re singing “don’t you ever say I just walked away, I will always love you” under your breath like a crazy person. I barely know any of the words (apart from I CAME IN LIKE A WRECKIIIIIIIIIIIIIING BALLLLLL) and yet I can have that song stuck in my head for hours. It’s infuriating. Continue reading

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This Has Perhaps Gone Too Far…

I really, really like One Direction. It’s embarrassing, but I can’t help it. On the weekend, Julia and I watched some One Direction music videos with our roommate Dominique, who is probably about 80% to blame for my unfortunate addiction to this boy band (it’s okay because I’m 100% to blame for her Candy Crush addiction). We watched them after also watching Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball” as well as Christina Aguilera’s “Dirty”. It’s an odd selection of music, I’ll admit. They’re also very, very different. “Dirty” occurred during X-Tina’s perhaps most intense face. Her hair is slightly cornrowed, which is never really a good look for a white person, and she’s wearing bum-less chaps, which is also not a spectacularly good look for most people (she’s not not pulling it off, though). And I’m sure you’ve all seen the Miley Cyrus videos at this point, so I’m not even going to touch on either of them, except to say giant teddy bear backpacks, an interesting style choice. Continue reading

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What I’ve Been Listening To

This has been an excellent two weeks music-wise for me. ALL the good things came out and I’m really excited about all of it. Seriously, I dance in my car on the way to work every morning now that I a) don’t have to listen to the radio, and b) I get to listen to magical, magical things. Continue reading

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In Lesser Defense of Miley Cyrus

As Julia said, we still don’t have internet at our apartment. Who knows when we will? It’s horrible, let me assure you. On the other hand, our mother is probably pleased that she gets to see us so often now that we’ve started coming over to our parents’ house to use their internet. Or perhaps she’s not pleased at all and just wants us to get the heck out already! I don’t blame her; I tend to get the dog all riled up. In my defense, it’s not hard to do. Continue reading

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I’m Not Sure This Is Really True Love

Pink seems like a very angry woman. She seems very intense. I don’t think I could ever be romantically involved with her, obviously for more than one reason, but I have to admit it’s largely because I’d be very afraid of her. She’s the kind of woman who I think would castrate a man without blinking an eye. Continue reading

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The New Sheryl Crow

I’ve stopped hearing that one Sheryl Crow song multiple times a day, which is fabulous, but now I hear a different song multiple times a day.

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It’s a music kind of day

My last title was a bit overzealous. I think I really said all I needed to say with it, which is why the actual body of the post was essentially two lines and a Boney M video. I mean, this one isn’t really going to be all that different. Continue reading

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The Return To The She Wolf

I talked about this briefly yesterday, but the more I thought about it, the less I was able to just leave it at that. There are so many things that are hilarious about this video. And song.

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This song isn’t about Irish people. It’s about breath-taking sunsets at best.

St. Patrick’s Day is nearly upon us, and this year, there will be an all new irritant added to the mix. Never mind drunk girls wearing tank tops with sayings like “Irish Whiskey Makes me Frisky” even though they’re not Irish nor do they know anybody who is, and nevermind all day pancake keggers resulting in youth stumbling about into traffic all day long. No that nonsense is nothing compared to this song, which you can bet is going to be bloody everywhere this weekend:

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