If there was an award for "most ironic band name," it would most certainly go to English-Irish boy band One Direction.
Through the aural roller coaster that is their new album, "Take Me Home," listeners will travel up, down, left, cornerways, sideslants, turnways or any other feasible direction into thumping beats and blasting tunes. Happiness, sadness and bliss are only some of the emotions that will be strained to the limit as this thrill-ride of a record comes to a complete, safe stop.
The album comes running out of the gates with the upbeat "Live While We're Young." Hard-hitting bass drum and firm guitar strumming accompany vocals with energy unseen since the days of 'N Sync and the Backstreet Boys. Soft interludes bring a nice clash to the song's usual party tempo. This song promises to be classic, still to be played in cars and clubs for years to come.
After the energetic anthem comes "Kiss You." Effect-heavy chords cause nostalgia for the glory days of high school and teen romance. Apart from a couple of "la-la-la's," the rest of the track rests a little blandly in the back of your mouth.
A great transition to the next track leaves the listener on a picnic with band member Ed Sheeran. His serenades do exactly what they were named for.
"Little Things" does well as an after-meal mint. It is short and sweet but doesn't overstay its welcome.
"C'mon, C'mon" is representative of extracurricular activities partaken in by youth, otherwise known as "gettin' up, gettin' down." The drums begin to show a little wear in this song, but the angelic harmonies do plenty to make up for it.
A catchy beat harkens the coming of the next track, "Last First Kiss." Skillful guitar playing invokes an aura similar to the Red Hot Chili Pepper's as One Direction informs their female audience that they would like to be the final "First Kiss." A smaller secondary award goes to the band for instilling deep wordplay into their music.
At this point, most albums would begin to lose momentum and start to become drab, but One Direction stays strong with "Heart Attack." Starting off slow and average, the booming chorus bursts through and greets you with a fresh reminder of the energy these youngsters possess.
A drum beat, similar to that in Queen's "We Will Rock You," calls forth the next pulsating track. "Rock Me" exemplifies the band's ability to play a wide variety of musical styles. Similar handclaps accompany bouncing strings and soothing vocals to produce a chorus that even the youngest of fans can understand and sing along to.
Be prepared to return to the arms of One Direction with "Change My Mind." Light acoustics start off to invoke an air of closeness, while the drums quietly sneak in to establish support. The singer proceeds to serenade the listener about the usual teen lyrical fodder, not reaching much past the "I like you so you should stay with me" stage.
"I Would" begins with families of guitar work, giving the listener a mental double-take. While it manages to stay a strong track, the simplicity begins to show through, and before you know it, the song is over. The second half of the record continues to contain similar songs ranging from party anthems to acoustical divertimentos, ramping slightly downwards on an otherwise upward road. One Direction seems to have fresh ideas and a knack for the classic "boy band" — however, it feels like they would work better with longer, less numerous tracks. Their music, while always welcoming and refreshing, tends to overstay its welcome on audible trips through the record. Success is sure to follow this band.