Stepping into ‘Harry’s House’

Harry Styles finally gives us a fun way to learn physics, singing, “Gravity’s holdin’ me back” in his third album, “Harry’s House.” Released on May 20, the singer-songwriter’s latest release is making chart history. 

The album starts with “Music For a Sushi Restaurant” — this song has for sure been played a million times in a sushi restaurant. It sounds tropical, and the catchy beats justified Styles’ decision to have the song at the beginning of the album. I have to acknowledge and appreciate Styles’ ability to create such a weird, fun song with an absolutely nonsense title. 

“Late Night Talking” is an upbeat track that seems to be influenced by 80s or 90s pop with a fun dance vibe to it! The song opens with Styles’ signature sound of mixing trumpets with guitars and drums. The lyric “We’ve been doin’ all this late night talkin’ ‘bout anythin’ you want until the morning” speaks for all long-distance relationships. The repetition of the line “can’t get you off my mind” is for all Stylers who are obsessed with the song. 

The third song, “Grapejuice,” gives nostalgic vibes, like reliving moments with a bottle of wine. It surely gave me the “grape juice blues.” The song is pretty simple with basic drums being played. But the song made Twitter investigate the meaning of 1982, a year mentioned by Styles in the song. 

Now comes the popular song replayed on radio stations, Instagram Reels and TikTok videos. “As It Was” became the number one single in the United States for four weeks; no wonder I learned the lyrics so quickly. The song is a sad bop. The beats make you want to scream the lyrics out and dance, but the lyrics remind you “it’s not the same as it was.” 

Moving on to the next track, “Daylight.” As a Swiftie, there is no way this song gets near Taylor Swift’s “Daylight,” but Harry brought his touch by adding guitar breaks and synthesizers. The song has the most beautiful and poetic lyrics. The metaphor of a bluebird gets me every time. It is pure genius. 

“Little Freak,” the sixth song, does an excellent job of transporting the listener to the world of a short-lived relationship. It was love at first listen for me, and I added it to my playlist as soon as I heard it. The song masterfully makes you understand and feel the lyrics. 

Moving on to “Matilda,” a song filled with simple affirmations such as “You can let it go”, and “You don’t have to go home.” The song is the longest on the album and gives me empathetic vibes, a warm and comforting feeling. I don’t know why, but “Matilda” reminded me of another One Direction member’s music: Niall Horan’s “This Town.” 

After many heart-breaking and emotional songs, Styles is back with beats in the song “Cinema.” My mind is hooked on the last guitar chords and chorus of the song. I get chills when I listen to the line “I just think you are cool.” The song is fun, and I wish he released a music video for this song. 

The ninth track, “Daydreaming,” is meant to be danced to. It’s all about 80s-inspired beats with very few lyrics. “Living in a daydream” is the most prominent line. 

“Keep Driving” is the best song for carpool karaoke with an ocean view. It is the shortest song on the album, and I love the beat drop after he sings, “should we just keep driving?” 

The song that shocked me the most was “Satellite.” I thought that this would be slow-paced, but the drums and the perfect pacing of synthesizers surprised me. 

“Boyfriends” is a good song and all about the folksy vibes. Fun fact: the gibberish at the beginning of the song was actually the lyric “Feel a fool, you’re back at it again” in reverse. It felt like symbolism for Stockholm syndrome. 

“Love Of My Life” is the perfect track to end the album with. It felt like a sweet and vulnerable love letter to his home in England. I love its simplicity. 

“Harry’s House” is Styles’ best album yet. All the songs were heartfelt and took listeners on a 42-minute lyrical journey. Thus, I’ll be giving this album 4.5 crabs! 

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