Harry Styles Fine Line [Digipak]
Rolling Stone: Included in Rolling Stone's "The 50 Best Albums of 2019" -- "[A] breakup meditation bathed in the bright light of personal clarity."
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- Released: December 13, 2019
- Originally Released: 2019
- Label: Columbia Records
Rolling Stone4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's a streamlined, party-ready, primary-colors take on the enduring concept of the rock & roll starman. It's also as much as fun as anyone short of Bruno Mars is having with a band these days."
Rolling StoneIncluded in Rolling Stone's "The 50 Best Albums of 2019" -- "[A] breakup meditation bathed in the bright light of personal clarity."
NME (Magazine)4 stars out of 5 -- "Punchy opener 'Golden' is a big and brash indie-pop song. It's filled with simple backing vocals, twinkling glockenspiel tinkles and a huge, warm chorus."
Clash (Magazine) - "[A] wonderfully bright, inspirational and ambitious piece of work, brimming with confidence and joy combined with some darker shades in-between."
- 2.Watermelon Sugar
- 3.Adore You
- 4.Lights Up
- 7.To Be So Lonely
- 9.Sunflower, Vol. 6
- 10.Canyon Moon
- 11.Treat People With Kindness
- 12.Fine Line
Recording information: Diamond Mine (Long Island City, NY); East West Studios (Los Angeles, CA); Echo Studios (Los Angeles, CA); Groove Masters (Santa Monica, CA); Harpoon House (Los Angeles, CA); Henson Recording (Hollywood, CA); RAK Studios (London) UK; Real World Studios (Bath, UK); Shangri La (Malibu, CA); The Cave Studio (Nashville, TN).
Photographers: H‚lŠne Pambrun; Tim Walker.
After debuting with a solo album that showed great promise and staked a claim for him as a serious pop force outside of One Direction, Harry Styles changed things up on 2019's Fine Line. Despite working with some of the same people who helped him tap into classic pop and rock influences on his debut, this time around the range of genres Styles dips into has grown to include the kind of warm '70s-inspired funk of Childish Gambino's "Awaken, My Love!" on the lovely "Watermelon Sugar," the expansive baroque chamber folk of Bon Iver on the title track, happily rustic Americana ("Canyon Moon"), and up-tempo Mark Ronson-style retro soul ("Treat People with Kindness"). One of the standout tracks is "Sunflower, Vol. 6," a bubbling electro-pop trifle produced by Greg Kurstin featuring some nice electric sitar and clavinet work. Throughout the record, Styles proves again that he's a first-rate singer, able to express melancholy or joy with the same charming ease and disarming power. ~ Tim Sendra