REVIEW: More than a ‘Flicker’ of talent in Niall Horan’s Debut Album
The One Direction Hiatus broke a lot of people’s hearts including mine. It was something we could all see coming but didn’t expect it to come so soon. The boys had a good run but it looks like it was a good time for the guys to take a break and do their own solo work if this album is anything to go by.
Niall was always the cheeky chappy of the band, always there with great craic but this album seems far away from his cheeky self, showing a much more emotional side through the 10 tracks on the album.
The album begins with track ‘On the loose’ which is the most upbeat track on the album and in my opinion the weakest due to the repetitive beat and lyrics. That isn’t to say that this isn’t a good song, it will certainly have the crowds dancing when he tours early next year but as the album continues the tracks just get better.
Previously released tracks This Town, Too Much to Ask and Slow Hands also feature on the album which were a big hit when first released and are tracks that will continue to be. Slow hands show a much naughtier side to Niall than we have previously seen with lyrics like “We should take this back to my place”.
Seeing Blind was a track I was surprised with on first listen. The track features Maren Morris, a rising country star. Their voices complement each other amazingly in this pop/country mix-up and I would love to hear Niall collaborate with some more female country artists because this is a really strong part of the album.
Without a doubt my favourite and the strongest track on the album is the title track Flicker which has been so beautifully crafted. Beginning with an acoustic guitar being slowly strummed before breaking into strong vocals by Niall. This is a emotional song with lyrics like “Still a flicker of hope that you first gave to me that I want to keep, please don’t leave”.
The album is full of emotional songs which really tug at your heart strings (I may have got watery eyes during Flicker) but they’re also tracks that you can imagine being sung back to him as he plays his sold out venues early next year.
The album is super easy to listen to and I think folk pop will be popping up a lot more in the charts after this impressive debut album.