Niall Horan, a former member of One Direction, hasn’t yet experienced the same level of success as his former bandmate Harry Styles, who recently won the Grammy for Album of the Year. Nevertheless, Horan is having a terrific spring. He won the singing competition show “The Voice” in his first season, and on June 9 he released his third solo studio album, ‘The Show‘ to positive reviews from reviewers.
“The Show” was the first track Horan worked on for the new album, and it features a melancholy piano melody set against a mesmerising background of swooning strings. The song considers how inherently human it is to want to control the unpredictable while softly urging the listener to truly accept life in all its complexity.
After the epidemic forced the cancellation of his tour in support of Heartbreak Weather in 2020, he penned it late one summer night. The majority of his guitars were packed up with his touring equipment when he suddenly wrote a song at the keyboard that would usher in a brand-new phase of his career.
The album’s mesmerising power is largely derived from Horan’s inventive use of harmonies, which was inspired by Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne, and other members of the ’60s/’70s music scene in Laurel Canyon, the same Los Angeles neighbourhood where he has lived part-time for the past seven years. The album is built on a lush and radiant form of alt-pop.
Even many renowned critics also have praised Horan for developing his music-
The singer-songwriter, according to Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone, “elevates his game with ‘The Show,’ his third and finest album yet.” In line with widely held thoughts, Hannah Sinclair (Clash) describes it as his “finest and most mature album to date,” on which he “explores deeper meanings.” Caitlin Chatterton (The Line of Best Fit) is more critical though, arguing that the set is actually “hampered by its predictability,” while Poppie Platt (The Telegraph) thinks he “doesn’t fully manage” to find his own sound, though “other than Styles, it’s evident he has the most promising future outside of One Direction.
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