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From charming to crude, British boy band One Direction’s second album does not live up to fan hype

Healani Brennan
Staff Writer 

The latest album from One Direction has fallen musically flat. The charming British boy band (plus one Irish) first captured the hearts of teenagers everywhere with their breakout single “What Makes You Beautiful.”

Their newest single, “Live While We’re Young” is less romantic, with lyrics about hooking up for one night. Their line “but let’s pretend it’s love” would make some girls want to punch the guy in question in the face.

Their whole album is irritating in this sense, with weak tracks that all seem to be about the same thing. They lack variety in their meanings and lyrics. Not only this, but they were accused of ripping off the Clash song “Should I Stay or Should I Go” on their single “Live While We’re Young,” apparently making their music unoriginal as well.

The song “Little Things” has caused quite the commotion on Twitter, at one point trending more than Hurricane Sandy. The reason for the social media frenzy is that the boys croon that even if you’re fat, will still love you. The lines “You still have to squeeze into your jeans” and “I’m joining up the dots with the freckles on your cheeks” are observations that most girls would be embarrassed to hear from their boyfriends.

This album just makes the boys look like jerks, which is what their target audience, teenage girls, already deal with every day. They have lost the charm of their first album, and now come across as simple, horny teenage boys going from girl to girl, fortunate enough to make money off of their cockiness. The song “C’mon C’mon” demonstrates this beautifully.

The song basically says that their date left early and she couldn’t dance, so they’re going to get with the hot girl they’ve been watching all night. This album demonstrates the downfall of music and lack of creativity within the pop genre. The boys should have stuck to the boyish charm they became famous for rather than trying to become “men” with their immature adolescent hookup songs.