“Sign of the Times” Track Review
Released April 7, 2017
Genre: Piano Rock, Soft Rock, Glam Rock
Harry Styles packs a stunning amount of talented musicianship and solid songwriting in this stunning, nearly six-minute ballad ahead of his debut solo record, out May 12. The song is huge departure from the shallow and uninspired lyricism of One Direction, and instead tackles mature topics of permanence, relationships, and loyalty. The result is a poignant track that never falters or drags within its six minute length. Styles’ vocals are fantastic and passionate, and the music harkens back to the days of 70s soft rock/glam rock, to the likes of Elton John and David Bowie.
Who knew that Styles had this in him? Considering the weaker outputs of his former band-mates (Zayn Malik, Niall Horan), it’s assured that Styles solo endeavor is headed towards a more interesting direction that can help shake off the boy-band image from his back. I have to give credit due where its due; this is by no means groundbreaking or defining, it’s simply a solid single for a debut solo career that I cannot wait to see flourish in the direction that is is headed in.