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.
By Dakota Fisher
Photos by Baylie Clevenger
Four years and four albums later, One Direction has successfully released their new album, “Four.” The boys of One Direction; Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and Zayn Malik,have been on the top of the charts for several weeks after the release of the first single off of the album: “Steal My Girl” followed by “Ready To Run” and finally “Night Changes.”
The album sold over 387,000 copies in the first week of its release, and has been listed on 17 different charts around the world for over 20 weeks. One Direction is the first band in history to have debuted at number one on the “Billboard 200” charts four consecutive times.
“I think One Direction is finally finding their place in the music industry,” said Shana Stutz, 9. “They’re really finding out how to appeal to their target demographic and how to enjoy themselves in what they do, as opposed to performing something they don’t love. It’s really obvious when artists are forced to do something because you can tell when they have no passion for something but I don’t think thats that case with One Direction anymore, I think they’ve found their niche.”
After such a successful album,the question remains: What is next for the internationally known European band?
The dynamic quintet will kick off their fourth headlining tour, “On The Road Again” in 2015 with over seventy shows in 19 countries. Including one show here in Indy at the Lucas Oil Stadium on July 31, and tickets are on sale now.
The OTRA tour kicked off in Sydney, Australia on February 7.