Niall Horan
Flicker


1.5
very poor

Review

by ajcollins15 USER (6 Reviews)
November 13th, 2017 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: why...why...why

Let’s start by saying: I am a fan of the most recent self-titled record by Harry Styles. I gave the record a 4/5 on one of the websites that I use to rate all the music I listen to. I thought it was a powerful, emotional, and reflective record. Even though it wasn’t a really innovated project, it proved that he knows music. The 60’s and 70’s flair for all the songs, with more modern production, without going overboard, just added this great feel and layer of emotion and esthetic.

But, we aren’t here to review Harry Styles, we are here to review Naill Horan, another old One Direction member, who is getting into his solo career and to, probably try to, trump this Harry Styles project. Let’s get it out there now before anything, this solo record isn’t a very good project.

To start with, there is a huge lack of emotion. Not saying it’s necessarily his voice because it is actually pretty good, but all the production makes his voice sound so awkward and echo-ie song after song. His voice does go well with this pop-style country, folk, and top 40 instrumentals. But none of these instrumentals have any power or drive to keep you listening. They all bleed together and sound like each other. Then on top of both of those, some of the production choices just make me question what in the world was happening during the putting together of the songs. An example is the song “Slow Hands” the very beginning has these choppy edits that make his voice skip. It happens for the first minute and then it just cleans up. What were the producers even thinking of letting this get through" If it was on purpose, why, it just takes away any flow from the song. If it was by mistake, that is fine, humans are humans. But, you have to review the project before you let it go to the public. Also on songs like “Paper House” the volume of his voice and the instrumentals are way to inconsistent. Sometimes the instrumentals get louder and sometimes they get softer in his voice. It’s one thing to do this and not notice it, but it’s another when it's painfully obvious.

But, let’s just talk about the lyrics for a second because they are something. But first, lyrics don’t have to be everything. Artists like Brockhampton, Vince Staples, and Tyler the Creator show that you can still produce magnificent records, with dull lyrics. These lyrics, however, are just all the same. Track after track Niall just talks about someone he loves or his broken heart. It’s just so tiring to hear the same thing repeatedly.
With this said there are still songs that were well written. “Since We’re Alone” is actually a good instrumental with swingy guitar cords and jamming drums. With the best vocal performance by Niall. Sounds a bit too much like Maroon 5, but that can slide. The title track is one of the few ballads on the record that evokes some sort of emotion. The production on his voice is gone on this song and you can actually hear the emotion in his voice and heart.
Overall, this is a pretty lackluster and half-finished record with painfully similar instrumentals and lyrics, with some also pretty choppy and compressed production choices that make the record silly. There are some decent tracks though like “Since We’re Alone”, “Flicker”, and “Fire Away”. But the emotion on those songs is lost in the production of the other songs.



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foxblood
November 13th 2017


7309 Comments


why

BlackwaterPork
November 13th 2017


1649 Comments


Unbelievably unique album cover

Digging: Desolate Shrine - Deliverance From The Godless Void

RadicalEd
November 13th 2017


8574 Comments


"Unbelievably unique album cover"

When your only selling point is your pretty face, might as well plaster it all over the cover, no?

JS19
November 13th 2017


5957 Comments


Brockhampton legit used as a comparison for this wtf, I know it's about lyrics but try and find something more relevant than three hip-hop artists....

Digging: Devictus - Mercury Haze

JS19
November 13th 2017


5957 Comments


Also the low Sput res of the artwork makes it look like it says fucker

claygurnz
November 13th 2017


4472 Comments


I bet this rocks

Hurricanslash
November 13th 2017


1822 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I mean, I respect your opinion and everything, but your punctuation, your spelling, your syntax and your structure are very clumsy and in parts really hard to follow. I would really clean this up before writing the next review.



I thought this album was great. Yeah, it's very one-sided and a little bit dreary, but it knows exactly what it is, plays it straight and in turn produced some of the most enjoyable pop-folk I heard this year. I also like his very subtle lyrics on here, which sound basic when you hear them first, but become more layered with each listen. Ye, I enjoy this quite a bit. Good stuff.

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2017


2596 Comments


Fucker LMAO

Ebola
November 13th 2017


2867 Comments


"Artists like Brockhampton, Vince Staples, and Tyler the Creator show that you can still produce magnificent records, with dull lyrics."

??????????????????????????????????????????

kingdedethefifth
November 13th 2017


4212 Comments


Yeah review def needs some work, you can definitely phrase certain things better. Also Niall Horan looks like a hard cuck.

ThumbNail
November 13th 2017


568 Comments


Review is far worse than the album

Digging: Red - Gone

BlackwaterPork
November 14th 2017


1649 Comments


Lol rip this review

lucky
November 14th 2017


26 Comments


This is just dumb radio crap. Good review



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