According to Rolling Stone, “Harry’s House” is Harry Styles’ best album. And I’d have to agree. Me and my friends who all love Harry’s new album say that Harry’s House is a no-skip album. Do you think so? What’s your favorite song?
Music For a Sushi Restaurant
On their Rolling Stone Music Now podcast, Rob Sheffield, Brittany Spanos, and Brian Hiatt break down why it’s so good in the eyes. Starting with “Music for a Sushi Restaurant”, Sheffield said, “That little synth horn break is so specifically 1986, it’s kind of mind-blowing. There’s a lot of Eighties R&B on this record. A huge influence on the record, to my ears, is Billy Ocean.”
Late Night Talking
According to Sheffield, “Late Night Talking” is the “perfect template for the vibe Harry is going for on a lot of the album.” But what vibe could that be? In my personal opinion, it’s reflective, celebratory, and beautiful.
By far, the most emotional song from the album is “Matilda”. It’s about growing up, not feeling sorry for it, and I think it’s a song we can all relate to in some way or another. Sheffield said he saw the album performed live and with “Matilda”, “It was honestly unlike anything I’ve seen at a live show because everybody was so loud for all the other songs, and with “Matilda,” it was silent as a whisper. People were sobbing and just taking this song in. It was a very emotionally powerful hush. It’s a song about listening to someone, and it’s a very difficult and tricky thing to do.”
Cinema is a more upbeat, light dance song that Spanos said, “I just feel like it’s so influenced by the way that the live band plays the music. During “Watermelon Sugar,” he would do a very similar breakdown. It’s wonderful to see that reflected on this particular album.” Hiatt said, “I’m pretty sure it’s about a pop star dating a movie star,” which could very much be a reference to Harry dating movie star Olivia Wilde.
Spanos described “Keep Driving” as a “full stream of consciousness”. He said, “The way that it sounds and the way that it flows, it’s very clearly, ‘Here are all these things about this person or this moment that I’m going back to and replaying and that I love so much.'”
Styles’ song “As It Was”, which came out as a single before the album, is currently No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s been #1 for the fourth week in a row.
What would you rate Harry’s new from 1 to 10?