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  • Summary: The fourth full-length studio release for the London-based pop band features songs co-written by Ed Drewett, Wayne Hector, Jamie Scott, and Ed Sheeran,.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Nov 14, 2014
    80
    Four is hard to dislike: it's cheery, uplifting, high spirited and good fun.
  2. Nov 17, 2014
    70
    Luckily on Four the scales are tipped heavily in favor of the kind of songs they do best, with the majority of them sounding like good-time hits that will go a long way toward warming up a cold November night.
  3. Nov 20, 2014
    70
    Four [is] the most consisting-sounding Direction album yet.
  4. Instead of using that realization to push ahead, Four represents a step back in both sound and sensibility.
  5. Nov 18, 2014
    60
    The band mainly shows growth through the music.
  6. Nov 17, 2014
    50
    One Direction’s best and most fun album since its debut, and yet still curiously distant.
  7. 42
    What’s unfortunate is that songs the group co-wrote are the weakest ones here. The exception is the aforementioned lead single, a Journey-inspired ballad that’s catchy regardless of how much my instincts demand instant dismissal. The other slower, anthemic numbers on the album are not nearly as inspired.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 50
  2. Negative: 11 out of 50
  1. Nov 17, 2014
    10
    'Four' is by far their best album, the compositions, the sound, the album is impeccable, the people like to find fault in 'One Direction''Four' is by far their best album, the compositions, the sound, the album is impeccable, the people like to find fault in 'One Direction' saying that they are a "manufactured" band but refuse to know their job completely and listen to their albums carefully. Beijos da tia do blog Expand
  2. Nov 23, 2014
    10
    If outperformed, by far the best album, they grew, have evolved, the sound is better, then the compositions, so amazing, it's something moreIf outperformed, by far the best album, they grew, have evolved, the sound is better, then the compositions, so amazing, it's something more mature, more complex, more well prepared, One Direction reached new level Expand
  3. Jan 30, 2015
    10
    i love this album so much every song in the album is so catchy and one of their best album and their showing an improvement it's way betteri love this album so much every song in the album is so catchy and one of their best album and their showing an improvement it's way better than take me home and up all night Expand
  4. Nov 17, 2014
    10
    good album!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! one direction alwaysgood album!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! one direction always improving................................................................. Expand
  5. Feb 16, 2017
    6
    One Direction after 4 years in musical industry. This album seriously shows that they really matured over the years. We're still sticking withOne Direction after 4 years in musical industry. This album seriously shows that they really matured over the years. We're still sticking with love theme here but there's more in this. This album sure isn't as bad as half of people act it is. Okay, it's not a masterpiece but it sure has a lot to show and it's vocally great. Expand
  6. Oct 29, 2015
    4
    "Four" has definitely showed that the group has matured since their debut album. Sure, the only subject is love, but this album isn't as bad"Four" has definitely showed that the group has matured since their debut album. Sure, the only subject is love, but this album isn't as bad as other boy band albums, and it certainly didn't give anyone AIDS, like most people act like it did. I'd call this album half-decent. And also, I don't blame Zayn for leaving. Listening to screaming teenage girls for 5 years can really tire you out. Expand
  7. Jan 17, 2017
    0
    COMPLETE RIP OFF!! Prime example is "change your ticket". The guitar riff is practically identical to "Girls" by The 1975!! They need to startCOMPLETE RIP OFF!! Prime example is "change your ticket". The guitar riff is practically identical to "Girls" by The 1975!! They need to start writing origional music instead of ripping off everyone else. Not amused. Expand

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