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  • Summary: The third full-length studio release for the British/Irish pop quintet is said to be more "rockier" and features songs written by the band as well as with such artists as Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones & Dougie Poynter of McFly, Jacknife Lee, Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol, and Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic.
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  • Record Label: Columbia / Syco Music
  • Genre(s): Pop, Pop/Rock, Dance-Pop, Pop Idol, Teen Pop, Contemporary Pop/Rock
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Story of My Life
Written in these walls are the stories that I can't explain I leave my heart open but it stays right here empty for days She told me in the morning... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Nov 25, 2013
    85
    Midnight Memories, the third full-length from the "X Factor"-formed quintet, follows up on what worked best on last year's "Take Me Home," and tosses in some proficient new ideas to keep listeners eager for the band's continued evolution.
  2. Nov 25, 2013
    80
    It is all so swaggeringly confident and honed to a perfect point, it is hard not to be caught up in its own sense of conviction.
  3. Nov 25, 2013
    80
    When the album ends and the various styles, songs, and moods are added up, Midnight Memories ends up as another satisfying album that does everything a One D album should do and then some.
  4. Nov 25, 2013
    60
    As long as Midnight Memories offers chorus after chorus of Gary Glitter-style fodderstompf, it sounds like the best boy-band album since No Strings Attached.
  5. Nov 25, 2013
    60
    The tracks may recall "Pour Some Sugar on Me," but their lyrics are still all "I'm not scared of love/'Cause when I'm not with you I'm weaker," so essentially the album's potentially nastiest tracks come off as a glorified Halloween costume act. More believable are the moments when they lay off the hard sell.
  6. Dec 2, 2013
    50
    They joyfully plunder rock riffs and hip-hop beats, but a logjam of lousy ballads suggests Bryan Adams embodies their ideal of maturity.
  7. Dec 2, 2013
    20
    If maturing means 14 (regular edition) tracks of footy-stadium-worthy anthemic choruses ad nauseam, I don’t want 1-D to grow up.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 66
  2. Negative: 15 out of 66
  1. Nov 25, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Its one of the best albums of the year its a little bit different of the other two. but with this album 1D again show us why they start to be so important in music industry Expand
  2. Feb 2, 2020
    10
    One Direction's best album ever!
    And I can't believe that it hasn't a good rate!
  3. Jun 20, 2014
    10
    This album is amazing!! One Direction maked a big big big change in their style and in the music. This is my favourite! I'm not surprised thatThis album is amazing!! One Direction maked a big big big change in their style and in the music. This is my favourite! I'm not surprised that it was the most sold in the UK in 2013... Expand
  4. Dec 1, 2013
    10
    I just like the album. I think it has is an interesting mix and I can't wait to hear more of the boys. Love them or hate them... The album isI just like the album. I think it has is an interesting mix and I can't wait to hear more of the boys. Love them or hate them... The album is much better than expected. Expand
  5. Nov 29, 2013
    7
    I'm neither a fan nor a hater. I enjoy their music as long as it sounds good. Some of their stuffs have been praiseworthy, in my opinion, likeI'm neither a fan nor a hater. I enjoy their music as long as it sounds good. Some of their stuffs have been praiseworthy, in my opinion, like More than This, Little Things, and One Thing. I didn't expect anything different from their third album at all, especially with Best Song Ever as the lead single. It was just sooo generic and formulaic. But when Story of My Life was released, I felt like they've really matured to come this far and have really grown up as a group of artists. The albums is a little bit anticlimactic though for me as some songs appear to be very similar sonically. However, I'd still recommend the album for anyone looking for entertaining sound with light materials. Expand
  6. Feb 27, 2014
    5
    To be honest, being a Directioner, I was kind of disappointed with Midnight Memories. Although all the songs are good, only a few of them areTo be honest, being a Directioner, I was kind of disappointed with Midnight Memories. Although all the songs are good, only a few of them are really quite great. "You And I" is definitely the stand out track on the album. Amazing song, amazing vocals. One Direction's vocals are really good on this album. I still think that - sorry, Directioners - Niall and Louis should have less solo parts. It's normal for a band that there are some brilliant singers and some good singers. Zayn and Harry are definitely the stand out vocals in One Direction and I think they should have more solo parts. Just listen to how Zayn sings in "Half A Heart". Wow. Expand
  7. Nov 10, 2014
    0
    Before the release of 4 this November, I have decided to review all 3 of One Direction's albums: the first review being this one: MidnightBefore the release of 4 this November, I have decided to review all 3 of One Direction's albums: the first review being this one: Midnight Memories. I have listened to it multiple times and I have my verdict of this album (as always):

    I'm sorry Directioners, but it was one of the worst albums that I have ever heard.

    Let's go through all of the songs shall we?

    Best Song Ever: Wow, what a ripoff... the chords are like Baba O'Riley, in fact, THEY ARE! Lazy songwriting and just an overall annoying earworm...

    Story of My Life: This one has strong songwriting (from Ed Sheeran), but just god-awful lyrics (why the hell are you talking about a girl here?) it was just a missed opportunity...

    Diana: This was really lazy... Cliched throughout and once again, has weak songwriting (oh yeah, let's go for some electronic beats because it's the 21st century!).

    Midnight Memories: Once again, an attempt to be like Queen (like last album's Rock Me) and once again, they FAILED... Is it really necessary to let the boys censor themselves? NO! Once again, cliched lyrics and just lazy song-writing (this is one of the laziest pop-rock songs ever written)

    You & I: Many listeners say that this is the highlight of the album, of which I would disagree... Let me explain: Firstly, I feel that the songwriting here is very cliched and boring as well as the somewhat lack-lustre lyrics...

    I feel like the other songs are just not very good to be reviewed (either poor songwriting, poor lyrics and laziness in general)

    Final Verdict: 0.5/10: One Direction are maturing, but not the right way, learning to write lazy songs with cliched lyrics (songs about girls, songs about love etc.).

    BONUS REVIEW: Steal My Girl: 7/10: The instrumentals are much better, uplifting, atmospheric pop music, but as they are mainstream, I expect the lyrics to be pretty lacklustre... they're good at best (I got it all / 'cause she is the one / Her mom calls me 'love', / Her dad calls me 'son', / Alright (alright) ) but at worst, well, they're cliched!
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