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  • Summary: The debut solo release for the former One Direction band member was produced with Jeff Bhasker.
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Sign of the Times
Just stop your crying It's a sign of the times Welcome to the final show Hope you're wearing your best clothes You can't bribe the door on your way... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. 80
    Ultimately Harry Styles feels comfortable and readily worn-in.
  2. May 12, 2017
    80
    Through it all, he manages to steer clear of all the traps that ordinarily sabotage a boy-band star's solo move. But as the whole album proves, there's not a thing ordinary about this guy.
  3. 75
    Reconciling the folkie and the rogue hardly seems like Harry’s priority; instead, the 23-year-old basks in the privilege of paying tribute to his many musical heroes, and trying on all the styles that fit.
  4. May 15, 2017
    68
    This is music that plays well in every venue, from the late night hangouts of urban bohemia to the awkward houses of the indie disco.
  5. May 15, 2017
    60
    Styles’s curveball is more eccentric but more appealing, with an endearing quality of relish in its musical adventures. It is so old-fashioned it may actually come across as something new to its target audience.
  6. May 11, 2017
    60
    Styles is remarkably good as a confessional singer-songwriter. ... Not all the album’s musical homages work: Styles is desperately ill-equipped for the rock’n’roll raunch of Only Angel and the glammy Kiwi. Alas, his voice sounds no more like Rod Stewart than it does Rod Hull, while the lyrics are a torrent of hoary pub-band cliches that suggest his heart isn’t really in it.
  7. May 15, 2017
    30
    In trying to be all things to all fans, all critics, all expectations, all click-bait corners, Harry Styles has failed to make a defining statement.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 76 out of 380
  1. Apr 11, 2018
    10
    Harry made a good album, with good themes, his first music video is too iconic and debuted in the best way
  2. May 12, 2017
    10
    Harry Styles self titled album is a naive debut from an artist coming from one of the most successful boybands of this decade. Speaking ofHarry Styles self titled album is a naive debut from an artist coming from one of the most successful boybands of this decade. Speaking of popularity in the group, Harry has definitely the most handsome, the most talked, the most talented, etc. And if you ask me, i would never imagine the Harry Styles from One Direction was going to full Rock N Roll for his debut; and the album it's not only full Rock N Roll, but it's actually really good.
    There's no doubt that Meet Me In The Halfway, Sign Of The Times, and From The Dining Table are highlights, but the rest of the album is not far from them. Harry goes full Rock N Roll with Carolina, Only Angels, and Kiwi, wich are the only upbeat songs of the album. In Woman, Harry shows his funky side, that could belong straight to a Prince album or to David Bowie's Let's Dance album. For me, Ever Since New York is one of my favorites; it reminds me of U2's The Joshue Tree era, specially to In Gods Country, which is a good thing.
    This debut album only make us ask ourselves if this album will be a classic of our generation; question that only time will teel us.
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  3. Dec 25, 2019
    10
    It's my favorite album so far, it's cohesive, has a lot of emotions on the metaphor in the lyrics and this vibe so different from the musicIt's my favorite album so far, it's cohesive, has a lot of emotions on the metaphor in the lyrics and this vibe so different from the music mainstream nowadays. Sounds very unique (even with the clearly influences on it) and has a such powerful music and timeless as Sign of The Times, beautiful lyrics and the way he explores melody mixed with the lyrics creating an environment full of hope and sadness at the same time in From the Dining Table makes it even more good!
    The way I felt hearing this album I have never felt before. I love every single details of it!
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  4. May 13, 2017
    10
    It's so diverse, there's only 10 songs but they are really well written, wonderfully produced songs. I had high expectations and they wereIt's so diverse, there's only 10 songs but they are really well written, wonderfully produced songs. I had high expectations and they were filled and then some. It's well-rounded album, I don't think there is anything missing. Lyrically kinda devastating and brutally honest. Good mix of slower and faster going songs. I think there is a hundred positive things I could say about this album, if you don't believe me go and give it a listen and make up your own mind about it. Expand
  5. May 12, 2017
    10
    How refreshing to see a young male solo act go against the typical music on the radio these days. The lyrics, production, and vocals are allHow refreshing to see a young male solo act go against the typical music on the radio these days. The lyrics, production, and vocals are all extremely impressive. The album is at its most brilliant when heard as a whole and in the order Styles intended. It's truly an experience and a timeless piece of work. Bravo, Harry. Expand
  6. Dec 15, 2019
    7
    Amazing debut album that I really didn't expect from a ex boyband member. It has a strong Fleetwood Mac vibe which makes it sound classic.
  7. Aug 7, 2020
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The only thing that can be a hit or face reveal yourself or you are gonna was a great app and I couldn’t stop thinking it about the music I love it here and it has been so pretty good for me my kids and love it and it makes it fun and I wanna see how much I wanna is the I’ve seen Expand

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