Harry Styles Welcomes the World to ‘Harry’s House,’ a Vibrant, Expressive and Irresistible New Album (Listen)

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Today, May 20, Harry Styles released his globally anticipated new record, Harry’s House.

The third solo record from the English pop/indie superstar, Harry’s House was previewed with the infectious “As It Was,” which quickly became one of Styles’ most-streamed songs:

Heightening the hopes for Harry’s House was the phenomenal success of 2019’s Fine Line, which elevated Styles from “a pop singer who used to be in One Direction” to a confident, genre-hopping and envelope-pushing creative mind with some serious clout in the industry (more on that later).

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That confidence and style is exuberant and uninhibited throughout Harry’s House, tracks like “Late Night Talking” hitting the bullseye, so to speak, on their goal. That track in particular was named the album’s second official single with the album launch:

Harry Styles has co-write credits on each song on the record, which also features work from Kid Harpoon, Tyler Johnson and Samuel White. Its songs exhibit an engaging and earnest element that has followed Styles along his path toward global superstardom, fully emerging from the shadow of his early “boy band” days. There’s a little Elton, a little Bowie, a little Queen and a whole lot of heart and soul.

As memorable as Styles’ high-energy tracks are, he also shines when slowing things down a bit, as with “Sign Of the Times” from his 2017 debut. On a similar path, “Little Freak” turns down the lights and lets Styles’ multitracked vocals cast a spell:

Fine Line was a major breakthrough for Styles, the record that pushed him even higher in stature. Stevie Nicks ranks among his high-profile fans, having announced to the world during pandemic isolation that she couldn’t stop listening to Fine Line.

Nicks’ accolades even went a step further, with Stevie drawing a comparison to her appreciation of Fine Line to the way she was obsessed with Crosby, Stills and Nash and Joni Mitchell decades ago:

“To me, it’s just like the summer of Crosby, Stills and Nash, where I listened to nothing but [their debut album] for six months. And then it’s the same way I felt when Joni Mitchell’s Court and Spark came out; I listened to nothing but Court and Spark for six months. Harry is recounting a lot of experiences that I had in my own life, beautifully. And making me remember stuff, and bringing back memories that I really didn’t love and memories that I did love. For me to hear a record made by somebody in his mid-20s that says a lot of things that I haven’t gotten around to saying yet blows my mind.”

Lest you get caught up in that “former boy band” angle of Harry Styles’s career, hopefully this will turn you in the other direction. Styles and his band performed a cover of Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” for Howard Stern in 2020, and it was really impressive:

This is the context within which Styles and his team began crafting Harry’s House, and it’s already achieving similar rapturous acclaim. There’s little doubt it will be as big, if not bigger, than Fine Line. Give it a listen below.

Catch Harry live later this year:

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