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The Capital Evening Show With Jimmy Hill 7pm - 10pm
6 November 2012, 18:02
We take a listen to Harry, Niall, Liam, Louis and Zayn's new album ahead of its release later this month.
When One Direction topped the US album chart with their debut album 'Up All Night' earlier this year, becoming the first British band ever to do so, one question remained: could they do it again?
Well, it's time to find out, as Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson release their second album, 'Take Me Home', on 12th November.
The album has once again seen the group team up with the production team behind their biggest hit to date 'What Makes You Beautiful', while Ed Sheeran (on two tracks) and McFly have also contributed songs to the album.
Ahead of the album's release, check out Capital's track by track guide of 'Take Me Home' right now, which includes their singles 'Live While We're Young' and 'Little Things'.
Despite only being out for just over a month, 'Live While We're Young', the lead single from 'Take Me Home', is already a key ingredient on any Directioners' iPod. The upbeat party starter sets the tone for One Direction's much-anticipated second album, with its impeccably catchy chorus: "Crazy, crazy, crazy till we see the sun." It's the natural follow-on from the lead single to the band's first album 'What Makes You Beautiful'.
'Kiss You' ensures the album continues its fast-paced tempo thanks to another catchy guitar riff and bouncing drum beat. "Tell me girl that if every time we touch, you get this kind of rush," Harry sings as he kicks off the chorus. The song, about scoring the girl of your dreams, features a cheeky reference to the album's title as well as the lyric: "I just want to show you off to all of my friends, making them drool by their chiny, chin, chins." Amazing.
The second single from the album, 'Little Things' marks a significant change of direction for the group as they're backed almost exclusively by an acoustic guitar. The song was written by Ed Sheeran when he was just 17 and the star told Capital recently that he gave the song to One Direction when they heard him playing it in the studio.
Some dark, pulsating beats ignite the album's fourth song 'C'Mon C'Mon', as Harry purrs the lyrics: "The one that I came with, she had to go. But you look amazing, standing alone," with the kind of butter wouldn't melt in his mouth charm that he's become well-known for. Explosive electro-pop. Watch out for the key change as well.
Another ballad, 'Last First Kiss' begins with Niall Horan showing off his guitar skills with a riff that's sure to draw comparisons to Oasis' 'Wonderwall'. Harry, Niall, Liam, Louis and Zayn all get to show off their vocals on this tender slice of pop, which is sure to trigger one or two tears from the band's fans.
Written by the same production team behind the group's biggest hit 'What Makes You Beautiful', 'Heart Attack' sees the boys sing about setting their eyes on an ex-girlfriend whose good looks are still "giving me a heart attack". Surely a contender to be a future single, the catchy guitar-driven track features some well-placed "woohs" and "oohs" that you'll find it hard not to sing along to.
Boom, boom, clap! Boom, boom, clap! There's no doubt that 'Rock Me' will sound familiar to any fans of Queen's 'We Will Rock You', but a similar drumbeat is as far as the comparisons go here. The track marks a new direction for the five-piece, echoing US pop punk groups like Sum 41. Lyrically, the song sees One Direction singing about a girl called Katy - "I want you to rock me, rock me, rock me, yeah" - over the a thunderous drumbeat. This one's made for the stadiums.
Each One Direction member enjoys their time in the spotlight on the stripped back 'Change My Mind', which tells the story of the uncertain early stages of a romance. Get your camera phones at the ready.
Written by McFly's Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones and Dougie Poynter, 'I Would' kicks off with a racing acoustic guitar that wouldn't sound out of place on one of McFly's own albums. However, One Direction quickly make the track their own by throwing in some energetic synths and big drum beats. "Would he hold you when you're feeling low, baby you should know that I would," Harry, Niall, Liam, Louis and Zayn sing on the song's catchy chorus. A fan favourite in the making.
The second song on the album written by Ed Sheeran, 'Over Again' sees all five members of One Direction sing about a former love. A rousing slice of acoustic-balladry that climbs and climbs to an epic climax.
'Back For You' gets off to a frenetic start before the boys come in to sing about their incredible year on the road and what it's like being in a band. The song's chorus - "Baby you don't have to worry, I'll be coming back for you" - is sure to be seen by fans as an ode to one of their girlfriends.
"People say we shouldn't be together, we're too young to know about forever, but I say they don't know what they're talk, talk, talking about," sings Liam Payne over a gentle piano intro on 'They Don't Know About Us', which evokes memories of Vanessa Carlton's 'A Million Miles'. From its humble beginnings, the song erupts into a boldly produced hands-in-the-hair chorus. A future anthem.
A gentle acoustic guitar welcomes the album's final song, 'Summer Love' - a painful goodbye to a fleeting summer romance. "You were mine for the summer, now we know it's nearly over. Feels like snow in September, but I will always remember," One Direction sing during the chorus, which warms as the song continues to unfold to provide the album's conclusion.
'Take Me Home' is released on 12th November.