Raise your hands if you were awake for great annual Kati Rose freak-out because One Direction released new music. It occurs every fall in varying waves. Sorry to break it to you guys, but you’re bound to see it at least a few more times over the coming months. I’ve got it bad for this band and every time I think I found a way out, I realize there’s no cure because I’m in far too deep. (That almost sounds like the band has Stockholm Syndromed me.) I hope my obsession can at least serve to amuse you.
This particular single release came as a complete shock to even the most sleuthing of fans. There were no murmurs, no leaks, no chit-chat of any new music. We thought we were safe until VMAs time in September at least. All it took was a simple tweet from the band in the wee hours of the night and boom mass chaos ensued. While I listened to the new single fanatically at 2am in my dark living room, I realized I had to use it for my next Tune Up post. Obviously I couldn’t resist talking about the boys, but truly because “Drag Me Down” is something I think could easily appeal to mass audiences. If nobody told you it was One Direction, I’m sure some of the biggest critics would be bumping it without realizing. It’s definitely a new direction for the boys post Zayn Malik split (pun completely intended.) Over the last few albums One Direction has gotten closer to a different sound, they’re on the cusp on reinventing themselves and their music into something more mature than simple bubblegum boy band pop. Do I smell a more grown up re-brand on the horizon?
“Drag Me Down” is part funk, part r & b, part EDM, and part 80s rock. What I’m trying to say it’s a great overlap of many genres. Name a popular adult contemporary pop-rock artist from Maroon 5 to Imagine Dragons to Coldplay to even Taylor Swift and tell me you couldn’t see them singing something very similar to “Drag Me Down”. All major musical publications have given the song credit in their reviews and have new piqued curiosity about One Direction possibly shedding their boy band label with album five.
It’s a song that is all about the energy. The heavy bass line throughout “Drag Me Down” pulls you in and gets you tapping your toe, shaking along, and grooving. A back and forth call and response from the bass and guitar layers sound in “Drag Me Down” to provide even more moving dynamics. When the chorus hits it gets a bit of a electronic dubbed sound, but it somehow all works and keeps your attention.
My favorite part of “Drag Me Down”? The fact that each member gets lengthy solos that allow them to shine. Every time I listen I think I can pinpoint a favorite verse, but it constantly seems to change. Their harmonies fit together and sound heavenly. A song that’s velvety smooth for the ears. From Louis Tomlinson’s breathy “Nobody, Nobody” leading into Harry Styles riffs on the high notes – it’s the perfect combination. With Styles stepping up to fill the reaching notes, I hate to say this but I hardly notice Malik was gone. (Not that I don’t miss him, his voice being absent isn’t as glaring as one would expect.)
The boys are a fan of nautical references in their lyrics (with a few of them sporting a hefty collection of matching tattoos.) and “Drag Me Down” continues that tradition. I say, keep ’em coming as my favorite songs seem to always align with the nautical lyrics.
“Drag Me Down” is already on a different level for One Direction with the records it’s smashing. It was not only the quickest single to reach No. 1 on iTunes history (less than an hour) in over 80 countries, the song also broke Spotify’s record for the most streams in 24 hours with over 4.75 MILLION plays of the song. That’s pretty dang impressive! I would say that “Drag Me Down” has a good chance to be a late contender for song of summer 2015.
Ending note – I’m not here for the drama. Trust me that the fandom gets into that more than enough. I don’t really want to discuss whatever is blowing up in the tabloids okay? So keep my comments about the music please and thank you!
What do you think of the new One Direction song? What are you listening to on repeat recently?
P.S. – Have I convinced you that One Direction deserves a chance? Here are My Top 15 One Direction Songs from the Original Era for further listening.
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Until next time,