One Direction
Take Me Home


2.0
poor

Review

by Brendan Schroer USER (179 Reviews)
November 27th, 2012 | 152 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Slowly but surely...

International musical punching bags One Direction have managed to draw such alternating praise (mainly stemming from quite a few critics and teenage girls) and ire (mainly stemming from just about everyone else) that everything surrounding the group has been pretty turbulent given how old they are. Originally a product of the X Factor, the boy band have seen such a growing fanbase that some journalists have been quick to consider them a leader in a new British Invasion; while this statement would generally be deemed ridiculous by a legion of music fans, one has to wonder if they really could lead such a pack someday.

This is because, unlike most mainstream pop cash-ins, One Direction attempt to rekindle a classic boy-band aesthetic while adding a fresh coat of paint in the production department. One big thing that's definitely refreshing about them is the lack of autotune in their work; the music might not be up to par, but these lads can be pretty talented in the vocal department. While their debut was mainly a breezy, laughably cheesy affair with hints of promise, the follow-up record Take Me Home sees the group genuinely trying to mature in certain places. The result is a decent step up in quality, even though the band still has a long way to go.

Much of the promise of the record comes in the form of its second single, "Little Things." The tune is able to take a more sparse approach than is normal for One Direction, and ends up coming off as more genuinely sentimental and sweet rather than outright cheesy and silly. The song revolves around an acoustic guitar line that could have fit into a track from the Beatles' first albums, aka the more poppy era. The way the vocals harmonize and meld into the minimal instrumental work is quite charming, but the way that the song never really has any filler is pretty surprising for the band involved.

Unfortunately, songs like these are few and far between, and much of the other material on the album follows the safe route of recycled synthesized beats and choruses that are quite frankly boring. Songs like "Rock Me" and "Kiss You" feel exceptionally cheap and fake with their bland beats and uninspired singing, while "I Would"'s promising opening gets squandered by an extremely repetitive chord progression; luckily, the vocal harmonies are a standout and do slightly redeem the track. The lyrics don't fare any better either, utilizing the same subjects surrounding love, heartbreak, and relationships, doing so with practically every cliche in the book. No song really goes out of these boundaries, and that simply gives listeners another reason to quickly get tired of the record. Finally, everything, from much of the singing to the instrumental work to the beats, just never feels engaging. No matter how hard the band try, most of these tunes never have the strength to even get off the ground due to a generally overproduced lifelessness to the whole experience.

There is, however, a light at the end of the tunnel. "They Don't Know About Us" opens up with a beautifully intimate piano line with acoustic guitar work decorating it as the vocals come into play. The chorus is a little too bombastic for its own good, but it also has a grand, confident air about it. The way the vocals layer and overlap compliments the electric guitar line that cuts through the mid-tempo beats. Mixed in with the shiny production, nothing feels overpowering or out-of-place. "They Don't Know About Us" and "Little Things" show that with more emotional weight and less excess, One Direction could improve by leaps and bounds.

For now, though, they managed to improve by baby steps. The cheesiness, loads of filler, and overly glossy production are still present and hinder much of what the album had the potential to accomplish. The band's definitely on to something, but only time will tell if they'll really go through with it.



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Aids
Contributing Reviewer
November 27th 2012


23828 Comments


DAS WUT MAKE U BYUUUU TAH FULLL

tommygun
November 27th 2012


24950 Comments


sweet, I've had some good times getting blasted at weddings and dancing my arse off to 'You Don't Know You're Beautiful'

good review man, pos

Digging: Broods - Evergreen

DatsNotDaMetulz
November 27th 2012


1769 Comments


Iron Maiden and Asking Alexandria were the first acts to damage the Billboard charts in this wave of "British Invasion" acts. Nobody in the UK acknowledges that though. Especially not AA.

foxblood
November 27th 2012


6797 Comments


review is way too good for album lol pos

tommygun
November 27th 2012


24950 Comments


that's what I meant by getting blasted so yeah

I don't dance unless I'm alone or drunk so

DrGonzo1937
November 27th 2012


5703 Comments


It got that high a score?!

JoshTh
November 27th 2012


112 Comments


You don't know you're beautiful goes off on a dance floor even if the participants are under the age of 12.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
November 27th 2012


7391 Comments


Great write-up. Have a pos.

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tommygun
November 27th 2012


24950 Comments


yeah

GermanSchools
November 27th 2012


23 Comments


This was a really great review. You gave them alot of credit where it was due. This review might actually replace That's What Makes You Beautiful as my favorite thing to come from One Direction. Good show.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
November 27th 2012


14377 Comments


I wonder how many of the 11 people to 1 this actually listened to it, hmmm, I wonder.

Digging: We Will Fail - Verstörung

VermicideReloadead
November 27th 2012


1433 Comments


My homophobia and my IQ of 3 digits makes of this album a torture to my sacred ears.

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
November 27th 2012


1992 Comments


Excellent review.

Middle School and High School girls seem to love this crap. One of them was terribly offended when I told her to stop staring at pictures of the band to do her work. I don't know if she's even heard their music.

ViperAces
November 27th 2012


12430 Comments


"Can't believe I even tried this one..."
I believe it. You have a pretty gay taste.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
November 27th 2012


3450 Comments


DON'T BE HOMOPHOBIC GUYS

Mike08
November 27th 2012


607 Comments


review is way too good for album lol pos (2)

NightmareCinema16
November 27th 2012


2016 Comments


I won't apologize for this.

Rev
November 27th 2012


9423 Comments


I still find this mildly enjoyable

CaptainDooRight
November 27th 2012


29148 Comments


the fah

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AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
November 27th 2012


7338 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Good, and fair, review



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