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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. 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. clp
    Dec 24, 2019
    10
    Brilliant album from a brilliant artist. My favorite songs on the album are “She”, “Falling”, “Treat People With Kindness”, and “Falling”.Brilliant album from a brilliant artist. My favorite songs on the album are “She”, “Falling”, “Treat People With Kindness”, and “Falling”.
  2. Dec 15, 2019
    10
    An amazing album, with such different sounds and lyrics. Amazing, incredible, such a great album.
  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
    This album contains 12 songs unique on their own yet Styles made it in a way that they belong and are meant to be played from top to bottom toThis album contains 12 songs unique on their own yet Styles made it in a way that they belong and are meant to be played from top to bottom to tell a story of being in love, falling apart, getting through a heart break and finally being alright after finding yourself back. There are weird instrumentations used on some songs and it's surprising how it worked out. This album is a breathe of fresh air from all the generic pop songs. Expand
  5. Jan 11, 2020
    10
    I loved all the songs, the voice, the melodies, lyrics, soooo perfect
  6. Dec 13, 2019
    10
    No skips for me. Great sophomore album, fantastic production, Styles emotive lyrics make the album shine. Adore You, Lights Up, She andNo skips for me. Great sophomore album, fantastic production, Styles emotive lyrics make the album shine. Adore You, Lights Up, She and Falling are among my favorites. Expand
  7. Jan 30, 2020
    0
    I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. It's boring, feels like he's trying too hard to be like some rock legends of the past, borrowing theirI wouldn't recommend it to anyone. It's boring, feels like he's trying too hard to be like some rock legends of the past, borrowing their sounds, but fails to live upto it. Expand

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