The hair. The media portrayal. The social media silence. These are all associated with Harry Styles, one of the remaining four members of One Direction and newly launched solo artist. Styles released his debut solo single, “Sign Of The Times” on April 7 amidst high anticipation both from One Direction fans and much of the music industry. The song, reported on 901 Music’s Twitter account as climbing to No. 1 in over 70 countries less than six hours after its initial airplay on BBC Radio 1, is a significant departure from the usual pop sound that is associated with One Direction. The new sound, reminiscent of contemporary artists Lana del Ray and Adele, is a hit or miss due to public and media expectations. Nevertheless, despite sounding heavily auto-tuned at points, the song is a passable, and even impressive, foray into Styles’ career as a solo artist.

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