Niall Horan – The First Three
Niall Horan, previously a member of the boyband One Direction, has been releasing solo-singles and an album is on the way. He has, to this date, released three singles over a span of about a year. The first one being “This Town”
This Town, released September 29th 2016, starts off with a soft guitar picking pattern which was rather expected from Niall as he played guitar in One Direction from time to time. The slow and soft sound of the song is consistent throughout the song which puts the lyrics in the spotlight. The lyrics follows the general theme in music; love. It seems like Niall has yet to move on from his ex, but the ex, on the other hand, has moved on. The lyrics in the bridge goes; “I know that it’s wrong, that I can’t move on”, which clarifies the message even more of the song. The chorus describes how he still has her in mind at all times and the last line finishes the rest of the descriptions of nicely, “Everything comes back to you”.
Slow Hands, released May 4th 2017, has a completely different style from This Town, however, Niall has stuck to the guitar-based theme and to this day, it’s his most well-played single with over 200 000 000 streams on Spotify. Unlike This Town, the song is not solely based on the acoustic guitar but it also includes heavier sounds from electric guitars and drums. The overall sound and meaning of the song has also moves away from the first single and a more edgy and rock-like sound is present. Yet, Niall’s voice is still what is put the most emphasis on, however, this might be due to us nit being used to him singing the entire song alone.
Too Much To Ask, released September 15th 2017, follows the sound of This Town both musically and lyrically. Niall is once again describing a break-up where he hopes that his partner is also regretting the way their relationship ended. As in this first single, Niall describes how he still feels sorry for what happened and he has yet to move on. The title of the song implies that he’s afraid that asking her to think this over is too much to ask. And instead of being angry about the situation, he stays polite by asking her, is it too much to ask? Musically Niall has gone back to a slower sound as in This Town, but other instruments are also included, as in Slow Hands, but in a way that suits the slow sound of the song.
Niall’s debut album will be released October 20th and from these three singles that he has released, he has a broad board to work with, yet, he has stuck to the a read thread, the guitar.