Midnight Memories - One Direction
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  • Summary: The third full-length studio release for the British/Irish pop quintet is said to be more "rockier" and features songs written by the band as well as with such artists as Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones & Dougie Poynter of McFly, Jacknife Lee, Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol, and Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic.
  • Record Label: Columbia / Syco Music
  • Genre(s): Pop, Pop/Rock, Dance-Pop, Pop Idol, Teen Pop, Contemporary Pop/Rock
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Nov 25, 2013
    85
    Midnight Memories, the third full-length from the "X Factor"-formed quintet, follows up on what worked best on last year's "Take Me Home," and tosses in some proficient new ideas to keep listeners eager for the band's continued evolution.
  2. Nov 25, 2013
    80
    It is all so swaggeringly confident and honed to a perfect point, it is hard not to be caught up in its own sense of conviction.
  3. Nov 25, 2013
    80
    When the album ends and the various styles, songs, and moods are added up, Midnight Memories ends up as another satisfying album that does everything a One D album should do and then some.
  4. Nov 25, 2013
    60
    The tracks may recall "Pour Some Sugar on Me," but their lyrics are still all "I'm not scared of love/'Cause when I'm not with you I'm weaker," so essentially the album's potentially nastiest tracks come off as a glorified Halloween costume act. More believable are the moments when they lay off the hard sell.
  5. Nov 25, 2013
    60
    As long as Midnight Memories offers chorus after chorus of Gary Glitter-style fodderstompf, it sounds like the best boy-band album since No Strings Attached.
  6. Dec 2, 2013
    50
    They joyfully plunder rock riffs and hip-hop beats, but a logjam of lousy ballads suggests Bryan Adams embodies their ideal of maturity.
  7. Dec 2, 2013
    20
    If maturing means 14 (regular edition) tracks of footy-stadium-worthy anthemic choruses ad nauseam, I don’t want 1-D to grow up.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 41
  2. Negative: 11 out of 41
  1. Dec 3, 2013
    10
    this album is just amazing i can't even describe how much i love it, it's just awesome. I'm so proud of these boys, our boys, they have neverthis album is just amazing i can't even describe how much i love it, it's just awesome. I'm so proud of these boys, our boys, they have never let me down and i know they never will. Expand
  2. Nov 28, 2013
    10
    This shows how these boys matured within three short years. Their voices have grown deeper and so have their songs. No longer are they singingThis shows how these boys matured within three short years. Their voices have grown deeper and so have their songs. No longer are they singing sweet little pop songs, to the exception of "Best Song Ever", of course. Some lines are a bit random, but otherwise the songs are nice. I have to be honest, I am a super fan. It doesn't matter because I'd love it anyways. The music is in a wide range too, which is interesting. Another thing is to keep in mind the target audience, since most negative reviewers are males(FACT.). I'm sure others may not enjoy it because it's by these boys, but just give it a try. I'm also proud of the boys having more parts within these songs, Louis has credits for nine songs! I also like that Louis and Niall have more sing more in this album since they all have very unique voices. They really do have talent, and they deserve some credit. Anyways, these boys have done a good job, all and all. I hope the fourth album will come out soon, haha. Expand
  3. Nov 25, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Its one of the best albums of the year its a little bit different of the other two. but with this album 1D again show us why they start to be so important in music industry Expand
  4. Apr 23, 2014
    8
    I'm of the fans of One D, and it's obvious that I like their songs in their three albums, which was released on 2011, 2012 and last year. ForI'm of the fans of One D, and it's obvious that I like their songs in their three albums, which was released on 2011, 2012 and last year. For me, this year's One D album is definitely a catchy one, especially the songs You and I, Story of My Life, Midnight Memories, Diana and Best Song Ever. I feel hurt when someone is trying to criticize them, saying that their songs are "not catchy, confusing, not memorable" and all the like. But when I think all of these criticisms, there are some points that they're correct. Fellow Directioners don't hate me, but sometimes I find the other songs "not very mature" and as they say, "not memorable". But in whole, I like "Midnight Memories", as much as I liked their two previous albums. Another two thumbs up for One Direction. But I want to suggest, maybe their circle of songwriters must write more straight-to-the-heart songs (i.e. Story of My Life. I love it very much), and they must look upon everything. Again, two thumbs up, and good job One Direction. :) Expand
  5. Dec 1, 2013
    6
    I cannot sayit is not good, because it is, but a lot of songs don't catch me. There are tracks that remember me why I really like OneI cannot sayit is not good, because it is, but a lot of songs don't catch me. There are tracks that remember me why I really like One Direction, but there are other ones that disappointed me too. the lyrics of some songs are better that in the last two albums, but I cannot get used to the new sounds. 'Diana' and 'Strong' are one of the best. Tracks like 'Little White Dress' or 'Little White Lies' don't like me at all. Expand
  6. Nov 26, 2013
    2
    Al though, it had 16 tracks, most of them were plain boring except for the singles which were catchy. It is too rocky and common soundingAl though, it had 16 tracks, most of them were plain boring except for the singles which were catchy. It is too rocky and common sounding lately therefore I am giving this low rating. Though, I loved the name of the album, it is wonderous. So, the album was a money waster and not worth it. Expand
  7. Dec 6, 2013
    0
    midnight memories? shattered memories! this "album" (that i listened for error, a fatal error) is the worst nightmare of my life! and i'm amidnight memories? shattered memories! this "album" (that i listened for error, a fatal error) is the worst nightmare of my life! and i'm a ungrammatical spaceship! now tell me why those five (they're five?) "singers" (who makes the music?) are soo famous.... music is going to die. Expand

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