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  • Summary: The second full-length solo release for the One Direction member features production from Jeff Bhasker, Tyler Johnson, Kid Harpoon, and Sammy Witte.
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Treat People With Kindness
Maybe, we can find a place to feel good And we can treat people with kindness Find a place to feel good I've got a good feeling I'm just takin' it... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Dec 17, 2019
    83
    Fine Line proves that the musician has absorbed the best lesson passed down by California’s great musicians: Don’t be afraid to take chances within a folk- or pop-rock framework, as that’s how you create iconoclastic music that endures.
  2. Dec 13, 2019
    80
    Fine Line is proof that Harry Styles has grown as an artist since his solo debut. He hasn't reached his full potential, but he's certainly well on his way.
  3. 80
    For the most part, though, Styles’ second album is a total joy. It’s an elegant combination of the ex-boybander’s influences, slick modern pop and his own roguish charm.
  4. Dec 16, 2019
    80
    Fine Line is very much a document of a 25-year-old deep in the process of figuring out not just what kind of musician he wants to be, but what kind of person. The path from cookie-cutter boy-band member to bona fide rock star is one fraught with a lot to prove both personally and publically, and yet it’s one Styles seems to be navigating with an eagerness to learn, to experience and to experiment.
  5. 75
    Fine Line is a solid, playful pop album, but that matters less than its status as a source of uncomplicated comfort and affirmation. When everything feels hopeless, pop music feels frivolous, but there’s joy in frivolity, and deep meaning in joy.
  6. Dec 16, 2019
    67
    Styles is a more confident and precise songwriter on Fine Line than on his debut, even if the progress is incremental rather than exponential.
  7. Dec 13, 2019
    60
    The actual sound of Fine Line is incredible, and most songs have at least one great moment to grab hold of. ... While the music wades into the mystic, his songwriting, pointedly, does not. ... Styles doesn’t have the imagination of Bowie or another pop-rock touchpoint here, Fleetwood Mac, who took their lives and transfigured them through cosmic fantasia or Victorian grandeur.

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  1. Dec 24, 2019
    10
    The best album ever!!!! Amazing Harry!! Masterpiece! Harry grew up as an artist and these songs are proof of that. Pure art. Pure poetry.
  2. Dec 15, 2019
    10
    this album is a masterpiece!!! his voice... the lyrics.. everything is great :)
  3. Dec 13, 2019
    10
    I'm glad he let his music evolve into something different from his debut album but still able to make it a great follow up. Fine Line got soI'm glad he let his music evolve into something different from his debut album but still able to make it a great follow up. Fine Line got so much more emotions and feelings to it. There's variety of vocals styling he used here, and the production is amazing. Love this one even more than his debut album. Expand
  4. Dec 24, 2019
    10
    For lack of a better word, I love the vibe of this album. It's one of few albums that I'll listened to on repeat without getting bored;For lack of a better word, I love the vibe of this album. It's one of few albums that I'll listened to on repeat without getting bored; instead, I fall in love with it more each time. Harry's a lot more experimental and free and it shows. There's not a single skip. Expand
  5. Feb 10, 2020
    10
    Its such a beautiful album. This album takes me through a journey which feels quite sad but at the end it gives me a promise of a new happyIts such a beautiful album. This album takes me through a journey which feels quite sad but at the end it gives me a promise of a new happy beginning. Album is not just lyrically great but the melodies and everything is great as well. Never thought harry would be able to top his song Sign Of The Times but with the song FineLine he definitely did that(If not better it is at the same level for me ). I hope to see some of the songs on the album being used for some movies. Harry really has impressed me with the album. Expand
  6. Dec 13, 2019
    10
    Listen there’s some weird **** going on in the album but honestly I didn’t hate it! I actually liked it a lot. I really enjoyed the fact thatListen there’s some weird **** going on in the album but honestly I didn’t hate it! I actually liked it a lot. I really enjoyed the fact that although harry is a big star, he’s not giving us an edm or bubble gum poppy show. It’s kind of eclectic but familiar so you can’t hate it right away. Felt almost like a hug listening to some of it. It’s pretty raw. Love that. Cool sounds. Open your mind people. Expand
  7. Feb 8, 2020
    0
    This not harry styles ........................................................

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