Story by: Ian Carson, Editor in Chief
In March of 2016, Zayn Malik released his new album entitled “Mind of Mine.” This is the first album he has released since his departure from the popular boy band One Direction.
The album has a primarily R&B and pop vibe. However, I believe that this style draws heavily from his previous band, as the pop influences that were present in One Direction also show up in his newest album. His attempt to set himself apart lies heavily in the lyrics, which have proven to be more meaningful than in his past band, in my opinion.
One of my personal favorites on the track is “fOol fOr YoU,” which has a simple, melodic vibe. Malik’s use of piano at the beginning compliments the rest of the song’s melancholic lyric base.
Some students have similarly positive opinions of the new album.
“As a whole, I liked the album,” said Geneva Pleasant, 11. “But I thought that the song ‘Mind of Mind’ was supposed to have an R&B sound, but it ended up being pretty pop-based.”
Others did not like the album.
“I really didn’t like it,” said Leanza Valenti, 12. “I honestly thought it sounded too much like One Direction.”
In any case, songs from Malik’s album have reached the top of the charts and have received mixed reviews from fans of One Direction.