One Direction
Up All Night


1.5
very poor

Review

by Alexander Mee USER (16 Reviews)
March 18th, 2012 | 178 replies | 19,470 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist


22 of 23 thought this review was well written

With the advent of popularity of Britain adolescent group ‘One Direction,’ there’s something to be said for the artist churning wheelhouse that is reality television. Shows like American Idol, Britain’s Got Talent, and X-Factor have become the predominant norm for picking up local talent, and this transcends borders, with shows like these popping up around the world. But what’s more the debated point of these shows is the critical reception of the success rate of the artists that win these shows. Sure some are relatively chart mainstays, yet there is an occurred general knowledge that most of the artists that seem to appear through these shows release a few songs and collapse back into oblivion. This phenomena isn’t really surprising if you watching closely; these shows hand pick the best voice(s), prime them for stardom, and dish them out onto the mainstream in a completely cookie-cutter formula. Whether or not One Direction's lyrics, image or even purpose is entirely theatrical is questionable, but it isn’t really the tragedy here. The pre-packaged formula doesn’t entirely succeed because the people behind these shows forgot that having a brilliant voice isn’t necessarily the end-all in creating legitimate artists. And we don’t have to look further than Susan Boyle to realize this. No, it seems these people are forgetting one thing; the songwriting.

This argument holds no greater stead than to that of One Direction, The X Factor’s latest ‘greatest’ export. One direction sticks belligerently to the conventional formula used in a lot of mainstream music, with a strict adherence to simply structured tunes with a bombast affectionate chorus. It makes for very hollow songwriting, while there are better bands in terms of vocals, lyrics and overall feel, The Script for example; One Direction lays their formula bare. While the music here doesn’t fall on the side of egregious, it is hard to get through the album let alone individual songs due to their tepid and underwhelming nature. Chances are you’ve heard single ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ being thrashed by a local radio station, and it is mostly telling of every song on the record. Striking musical arrangements are so far between it’s maddening this has been lapped up so well by the chart producing public. To their credit, The boys can sing, and the record isn’t too overly-produced, which does work in their favour as an exhibition for their voices, but the songs lack any trace of substance, character and/or colour that it becomes completely redundant.

In effect, Up All Night really is only a moniker to prove these boys are legitimate artists, but to sum it up, the appeal of One Direction really hasn’t anything to do with the music at all. You can’t fault One Direction for knowing their demographics and pitching it straight to them, but it does come at some surprise the success of Up All Night. It’s tempting to lump One Direction under the ‘boy-band’ blanket term, but even to associate with NSYNC or Backstreet Boys seems criminal- there was a pervading sense of self-awareness and irony, and some sense of songwriting ability needed when boy-bands were all the rage. Lumped in with limp themes marketed to a tee, One Direction struggles to find a song, even a moment on the album that will age soundly. As television popularity starts to become obsolete, the worth of artists driven by the mechanisms of these shows should dive as well right? If you measure by the charts and record sales One Direction could be considered a success, but there is a pervading sense that One Direction may just be the last of these television constructed artists.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
urnamz2longfixit
March 18th 2012



34 Comments


but harry is so dreamy

Adabelle
March 18th 2012



4155 Comments


but omg they're so cute

jefflebowski
March 18th 2012



6841 Comments


im secure enough in my masculinity to admit that what makes you beautiful is a good song

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
March 18th 2012



8948 Comments


Did you know that Harry Styles was born with four nipples?

Digging: Phantogram - Voices

urnamz2longfixit
March 18th 2012



34 Comments


also, in response to your last line, so long as there are pre-teen and teenage girls living all around the world, these boy bands ain't going anywhere.

Aphrodisiac
March 18th 2012



1739 Comments


niall is so fucking cute ugh

NeutralThunder12
March 18th 2012



8742 Comments


m////

Sanders
March 18th 2012



2323 Comments


Bunch of pre-pubescent peckers, although kudos to the one who was nailing this...

http://www.firstnews.co.uk/site_data/images/free_shot_4ce2a8ba109f0.jpg

ControlDarts
March 18th 2012



290 Comments


received a rape blowjob from all of them. 5/5

Quen
March 18th 2012



1633 Comments


^^m/

SCREAMorphine
March 18th 2012



1704 Comments


Ugh, boy-band

AtavanHalen
March 18th 2012



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lol

The7thVermicide
March 18th 2012



925 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This was my reaction when I heard One Direction for the first time
http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/185804_178202118893219_104266592953439_382866_5413723_n.jpg

00mee
March 19th 2012



202 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

lol very true.

why do have this as a 3 Atavan?

ReturnToRock
March 19th 2012



3448 Comments


Props for not writing a troll review.

With that said, you need to proofread/spellcheck, lay off the unnecessary big words (sir, we have all perceived your capability in the usage of erudite vocabulary, kindly refrain from overutilizing said mode of expression) and go into a bit more detail about the album and the songs.

While I would like to quip that "One Direction do suck, but so does this review", that would not be entirely true. You have room for improvement, but mind the advice given above.

AtavanHalen
March 19th 2012



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

why do have this as a 3 Atavan?


well see

the rating system allows you to rate albums out of five

i listened to the album

right

and then rated it in accordance to what i thought of it

are there any other questions

00mee
March 19th 2012



202 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

thanks for the much needed advice man

will do another proof read, as for the big words I'm not sure how to go about fixing that, while I wasn't trying to boast a huge vocabulary, they did sort 'roll of the tongue' so to speak. So too that sort of mode of expression.

lack of depth - this sort of started out think piece with the intro, and then ended up being a one direction review aha, but yeah it does need a little more info on the songs I guess. It was hard though, getting through the album.



jefflebowski
March 19th 2012



6841 Comments


i like the way they have 1D on the album cover just to pre-warn any potential listeners about the songwriting quality

LifeAsAChipmunk
March 19th 2012



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I usually like stuff like this.

ReturnToRock
March 20th 2012



3448 Comments


@00mee: I know that feeling (hard to get through). Keep it up!



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