Up All Night
Boy bands on the rise.
CLEAN- CUT British pre- fab boy band One Direction have taken Australia by storm.
Screaming girls camped outside a morning TV show’s Sydney studio for days earlier this month just for a glimpse.
The hysteria has translated into massive sales. At the minute, the act owns the No. 1 album and two top- 10 singles with the bouncy, effervescent
One Thing and What Makes You Beautiful.
Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson tried out for UK TV talent show The X Factor in 2010 as solo singers, got bounced, but were later brought together as a group by Simon Cowell and judge Nicole Scherzinger, of the Pussycat Dolls.
They came third but have already eclipsed the winner and runner- up of the show. The lads have turned themselves into the new Justin Bieber.
Up All Night is a teen- pop album through and through, with lots of songs about first love. The division of labour is split between sweet ballads, mid- tempo rockers and up- tempo dance tracks. The tunes were engineered for chart success by high- profile hit- makers such as Kelly Clarkson and Redone ( think of a Lady Gaga hit and he probably co- wrote it). Having this calibre of writers on board is vital. Pop music is littered with tales of bands who turned down songs that ended up selling zillions of copies.
The Clarkson- penned Tellme a Lie comes straight from the high- energy end of her notebook, with a fist- pumping, booty- shaking, electro- pop- trance feel. Stole Me Heart does similar work to good effect later in the album. Mid- tempo tunes Gotta Be You and
More Than This show off the guys’ five- part harmonies.
An obvious high point is One Thing, but does it ape Backstreet’s I Want It That
Way to the edge of plagiarism? Synth- driven Save You Tonight is exactly what Redone always does – inoffensive, FM radio ready, wholesome, bubblegum pop that is super- sweet and catchy as all get out. Wake up humming it, go to sleep humming it.
Up All Night probably won’t get rave reviews from music critics. It’s not chic to be into the same music as your kid sister. Truth is, the 1D boys are good at what they do and they’ve already broken America – something huge British boy bands like Take That never managed.
1D fills a void that’s been empty for some time. There hasn’t been a ’ N Sync, Backstreet Boys or NKOTB successor. The Jonas Brothers and Hanson burnt out and the charts have been dominated by solo acts for years. Until now.