Up All Night

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Front Page - JAR­RAD BE­VAN

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.


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