NIALL HO­RAN

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brings soft touch with new al­bum

NEW YORK: One Di­rec­tion’s Niall Ho­ran on Fri­day re­leased a soft breakup bal­lad with echoes of the heart­throb boy band as he an­nounced his de­but solo al­bum.

Ho­ran an­nounced on so­cial me­dia that his al­bum “Flicker” will come out on Oct 20 fol­lowed by a tour in 2018 of the United States and Canada.

The 24-year-old Ir­ish singer marked the an­nounce­ment by re­leas­ing a track off the al­bum en­ti­tled “Too Much to Ask,” a pi­ano-led bal­lad in which Ho­ran, his voice turn­ing soul­ful, mourns the end of a re­la­tion­ship.

The song is pro­duced by Greg Kurstin, the in­creas­ingly in­de­mand mu­si­cian best known for co-writ­ing Adele’s smash hit “Hello.”

Kurstin also worked with Ho­ran on the first track off “Flicker,” the acous­tic gui­tar bal­lad “This Town.”

Ho­ran’s soft touch is more con­sis­tent with One Di­rec­tion than the solo mu­sic of his two most suc­cess­ful band­mates.

Zayn Ma­lik cast away One Di­rec­tion’s squeaky-clean im­age to go for a sen­sual, ur­ban vibe, while Harry Styles sur­prised crit­ics with an al­bum that sounded in­flu­enced by 1970s David Bowie.

One Di­rec­tion, formed when the five young men au­di­tioned for the Bri­tish re­al­ity show “The X Fac­tor,” turned into one of the best-sell­ing bands of the decade, pack­ing are­nas world­wide with scream­ing teenage girls.

The band went on an in­def­i­nite hia­tus after an al­bum at the end of 2015 while stop­ping short of call­ing it quits. — AFP

Ac­tors Alix Wil­ton Re­gan, Glenn Close, di­rec­tor Bjorn Runge and ac­tor An­nie Starke ar­rive at the pre­miere of the film ‘The Wife’ at Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val (TIFF) in Toronto Canada. — Reuters pho­tos

This file photo taken on May 12, 2017 shows Niall Ho­ran per­form­ing on­stage dur­ing 102.7 KIIS FM’s 2017 Wango Tango at StubHub Cen­tre on May 13 in Car­son, Cal­i­for­nia. One Di­rec­tion’s Niall Ho­ran on Fri­day re­leased a soft breakup bal­lad with echoes of the heart­throb boy band as he an­nounced his de­but solo al­bum.— AFP photo

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