The day that Directioners have been waiting for is finally here! One Direction’s sophomore album Take Me Home is in stores, and fans can finally listen to the album that the fivesome have spent months working on.
Take Me Home is an assortment of pop candy that shows off the group’s growth since coming in third place during the 2010 season of the “X Factor” in the U.K. Each member seems to have an equal amount of solo opportunities, but their voices blend over melodic harmonies and big beats, with each song taking on a unique sound.
MTV News recently caught up with the boy band, who will appear on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Thursday, and each member broke down their favorite track off Take Me Home.
Niall Horan: “Last First Kiss”
” ’Last First Kiss’ for me. I think it’s brilliant,” Horan said of the mid-tempo song. “I think because it’s a personal one — these three boys wrote it [Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson] — just a really powerful song. I love it.”
“Last First Kiss” shows off the group’s more serious side as they sing about falling in love and wanting to stay in love with that special someone. Fans will instantly gravitate toward this song because of the sincerity of the track, and since it was written by three members of One Direction, it makes this love song even more personal.
Harry Styles: “Heart Attack”
“I think ’Heart Attack,’ ” Styles said about his favorite track. “I really like ’Heart Attack.’ I always kind of forget about it, but when I listen to it, I think it’s really good.”
The track, which picks up the pace following “Last First Kiss,” was helmed by Swedish producer Shellback and has the boys pining over a love that got away. They sing over a track laced with a big drum beat: “I’m trying to be OK/ I’m trying to be all right/ But seeing you with him/ Just don’t feel right.”
Liam Payne: “Loved You First”
“I’m going to say ’Loved You First,’ ” Payne said. “Every time I hear it just makes me want to boogey. ”
“Loved You First” is a catchy upbeat pop track from One Direction’s special Yearbook Edition, which features four extra tracks, plus performances and backstage footage from the iTunes Festival. The number has the boys singing about an old girlfriend who is now with someone else.
“I’ve been waiting all this time to finally say it/ Now I see your heart’s been taken/ And nothing could be worse/ Baby, I loved you first,” 1D sing on the track.
Zayn Malik: “Summer Love”
“I really like ’Summer Love’ because it’s kind of different from anything we’ve done before,” Malik said. “It’s a cool ballad and a really great concept. I think everyone has kind of been through that experience and can relate to that song.”
One Direction close out the album with this song, and again, the boys contribute to writing to the track, which is an acoustic guitar ballad that has them saying goodbye to a memorable summer fling. ” ’Cause you were mine for the summer/ Now we know its nearly over/ Feels like snow in September/ But I always will remember/ You were my summer love,” One Direction sing.
Louis Tomlinson: “Back for You”
“I’m gonna go ’Back for You’ because we did a lot of writing on that,” Tomlinson said. “And that was fun.”
This up-tempo track mixes in rock with pop as the boys daydream about their girlfriends at home while they are on the road. The lyrics are fun and will definitely be a huge hit with the Directioners as they sing along during the 2013 world tour.
Which song is your favorite off Take Me Home? List your track in the comments!
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