One Direction's "Up All Night" Reviewed: "What Makes You Beautiful"
Posted by Reviewson 03/12/2012 at 11:23 AM
Track 1: “What Makes You Beautiful”
Sounds Like: “Summer Nights.” That opening riff could be from nowhere else. From there, “What Makes You Beautiful” becomes a pop-rock stormer, made of affirmations delivered with a smile and a soar. While it’s on-trend (you can trace the vocals to 2012 just by inflection, and the guitarist or sampler’s been listening to a lot of P!nk and Katy Perry), all its tricks are tested and timeless. That includes the stadium-chant bridge.
Pros: “Summer Nights” happens to be an iconic classic, and summerlong dominance has been achieved from far less. It’s incredibly easy for tracks like these to be soppy, drippy sentiments over drippier tracks, but One Direction, to their credit, aren’t drippy at all. Note, too, the attention to detail, like the synth stabs beneath the last “beautiful.” If One Direction’s Stateside spree gets them a huge crossover fanbase, that one thing (yes, pun intended) might justify it.
Cons: Wait until college to go all meta with “that’s why I’m putting in a song,” boys. And speaking of grown-up knowledge, there’s something to be said for confidence making girls (and guys!) beautiful. But we’re sure these chaps will learn both of these in a couple years. And can it really hurt to be told you’re beautiful adorable floppy-haired celebrities who’ll never, ever tell you otherwise?
Mom-Approved Moment: “Right now I’m looking at you and I can’t believe you don’t know you’re beautiful.”
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