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  • Summary: The debut full-length solo release for the One Direction singer features a guest appearance from Maren Morris and production from Julian Bunetta, Jacquire King, Greg Kurstin, Mike Needle, Matt Rad and Jamie Scott.
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  1. Oct 20, 2017
    80
    One Directioners will no doubt relish every moment of Flicker, but for casual fans potentially wary of the boy band stigma, they can rest assured knowing that Horan has taken a big first step into musical maturity, with his own voice and deep well of emotion.
  2. 60
    At its best, his songwriting is appealingly simple and straightforward: the title track offers an evocative portrait of a relationship that’s breaking down. But at times, Horan’s lyrics let him down a little.
  3. Oct 20, 2017
    60
    It is hard to get overheated about something so determinedly tepid. And yet, dropped amid the frenzy of pop radio, Horan’s songs are immediately distinctive.
  4. 60
    Lyrically, Horan pushes no envelopes, sticking to earnest love plaints and poignant reminiscences for the most part, and even offering to listen to his girl’s problems in “Fire Away”.
  5. Oct 20, 2017
    40
    Its lack of artistic ambition or character of its own is easy to mock, but Horan may well have the last laugh.
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  1. Oct 21, 2017
    10
    Not a 1D fan but I have to say that I'm really impressed by his written skills I've been listening flicker and is better than I expected and INot a 1D fan but I have to say that I'm really impressed by his written skills I've been listening flicker and is better than I expected and I already had high expectations Expand
  2. Oct 21, 2017
    10
    I was pleasantly surprised by this hidden gem of an album. Niall was the 1D guy who flew under the radar, but now he soars on his ownI was pleasantly surprised by this hidden gem of an album. Niall was the 1D guy who flew under the radar, but now he soars on his own beautifully crafted melodies and thoughtful, unique lyrics that are rich with imagery and mature beyond his years. A handful of these tunes pay admirable homage to classics of 70s and 80s rock, especially the darker, more mysterious "On the Loose," the infectious and Fleetwood Mac-esque "Since We're Alone," and the absolutely showstopping "Mirrors." These rockier tunes are complimented by a selection of easy-listening, soothing yet full and charismatic melodies. Highlights are the heartbreakingly relatable "Too Much to Ask," the sweet "Fire Away" which gives off an undeniable Cat Stevens vibe, and of course the title track "Flicker," a strings-laden story of holding onto a love that's slowly burning out right before your eyes.

    For reasons unknown, there's a regular version of the album that omits three of the absolute best songs, which are only featured on the Deluxe version. To enjoy this album to its fullest, consider "Flicker (Deluxe)" the only option for you. In addition to the aforementioned "Mirrors," the celebratory Irish-drinking tune "On My Own" is this album's 11 o'clock number and showcases Niall's truly fantastic vocal ability, and "The Tide" is another folk-rocky track that you'll want to blast over and over again, belting out every word.

    Not a One Direction fan? Well, here's a news flash: Niall Horan ain't One Direction. He's an artist all his own with a one-of-a-kind voice and stories to tell through his music that are undoubtedly going to span generations of dedicated listeners. 10/10 for "Flicker (Deluxe)." Go get it, slide into the CD player in your car, roll down the windows, crank the volume, and rock out to a heck of a debut.
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  3. Oct 24, 2017
    10
    I’m giving Niall Horan’s debut album a solid 10 because it is one of the best albums I’ve listened to in a very long time. The lyrics are veryI’m giving Niall Horan’s debut album a solid 10 because it is one of the best albums I’ve listened to in a very long time. The lyrics are very well written. I hope this is just one of many more albums to come. Expand
  4. Oct 21, 2017
    10
    Beautiful album. I couldn't wait to listen to his own album and wow I loved it. it's been so long since I listened to an album and likedBeautiful album. I couldn't wait to listen to his own album and wow I loved it. it's been so long since I listened to an album and liked every single track on it. so very well done, Niall Expand
  5. Oct 21, 2017
    10
    This album is very chilled and laid back and I LOVE IT! My favorites are On The Loose, On My Own, Since We're alone, Seeing Blind, You And Me,This album is very chilled and laid back and I LOVE IT! My favorites are On The Loose, On My Own, Since We're alone, Seeing Blind, You And Me, and Mirrors, Its the perfect album to establish your self as a solo artist. Give it a listen! Expand
  6. Oct 20, 2017
    9
    The most consistent post One Direction album released to date, showing Niall's potential as a solo artist. Slow Hands is a certified bop, andThe most consistent post One Direction album released to date, showing Niall's potential as a solo artist. Slow Hands is a certified bop, and there are at least three or four more songs on the album which could easily be big radio singles, including Seeing Blind - a country crossover duet with Maren Morris. There are also some beautifully delicate, personal songs, which feel refreshingly honest in their emotional depth. Stellar production backs up a great voice very well suited to this style of pop rock/folk music. An album with very broad appeal. Expand
  7. Oct 21, 2017
    0
    I don't get the hype of One direction members but by listening to this album, it solidifies my belief that this artist is the worst among themI don't get the hype of One direction members but by listening to this album, it solidifies my belief that this artist is the worst among them all. Now I know why he's not that known before because he has no talent at singing at all. He should just stick being the guy who could play guitar in the background. This Niall guy doesn't have the quality of being a solo artist, everything about him is overrated. The reason why the music industry is dead because of people like him who keeps pushing themselves without real talent to back them up. People should support the talented ones and not this boy from a band. Expand

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