Give the Flak’s Rating: Mediocre, 6.4/10
As Zayn Malik walked towards a new direction, departing from boy-band, One Direction, countless “directioners” acted as if the band was dead… Posting suicide notes on twitter, and uploading videos of themselves bawling over the news, they seemed to forget that there were four more members a part of the group. When the remaining four released their single, “Drag Me Down,” on July 31, however, fans realized that not having Malik in the group wasn’t that bad.
“So after listening to Drag Me Down on repeat for 2.5 hours I can honestly say this is the best official single yet,” tweeted one “directioner” who was decently addicted to the song. Many also noted that the group matured, musically, compared to their older style.
Zayn Malik, also took to twitter, calling the single “sick.”
Anyways, a few days back, the four released their second single from their upcoming album, “Made in the A.M.” called, “Infinity.” (Websites and fans think that the “A.M.” stands for aftermath or after-Malik, but let’s not go off-topic. ) And when I checked the “Top Songs” on ITunes today, I found the song to be placed at number one… I also found twitter to be exploding with unanimous praise over the single… The things that 1-D fans can do.
“Infinity on replay,” tweeted one fan, as thousands of others raved on and on about it. “Obsessed with this song,” said another. Just look up, #infinity on Twitter, and you’ll see all the people who think that “Infinity” is the best thing that happened to this world since “Drag Me Down.” (Yes, yes. Not that large of a time gap, but… it’s true.)
But, I’m not in that crowd of people. I didn’t even think that “Drag Me Down” was that great of a song, anyways. To me, “Infinity” felt cliched, musically and lyrically… Listening to it, I swore that I had heard the same song done before.
The lyrics are kind of vague… Maybe it’s about Malik, or maybe a girl. Either way it’s described in a mawkish fashion:
“How many nights does it take to count the stars?
That’s the time it would take to fix my heart
Oh, baby, I was there for you
All I ever wanted was the truth”
But, reading the lyrics, one could tell that the writers did attempt to create clever lyrics, such as:
“And now I’m one steps closer to being two steps far from you.”
…Which has already been done, many times. Take, Stephen Sondheim’s melancholy, “Send in the Clowns” for example:
“Me here at last on the ground,
You in mid-air…
Just when I’d stopped opening doors,
Finally knowing the one that I wanted was yours,
Making my entrance again with my usual flair,
Sure of my lines,
No one is there.”
Yes, it’s not exactly the same thing, but the two are pretty similar.
The melody, too, sounded like the usual-1D. Unlike “Drag Me Down,” I found the song to be one for the peeps who liked their pre-Drag-Me-Down style. It was very much like a song, commonly heard on the radio… (Not trying to be an ‘oh– I was born in the wrong generation’ type person, or anything.) But, the bottom line is that the song was more cliche than the use of that word to describe stuff in reviews, like this one.
But then again… It IS One-Direction, and they create songs for the radio.
Anyways, how about the instrumentals? The usual “glistening guitar” and “unmemorable arrangement of kick-drum” as Billboard.com put it. Same ol’ stuff, of course.
But, that’s all coming from a human who isn’t all that crazy over One Direction. I would still probably listen to their album (mainly for reviewing), but was not genuinely impressed by their latest single.
If you’re a Directioner, then you’ll probably find some good things to like about that song. For me, however, all I heard was a new song that’s already been sung before.
You can listen to the songs via Spotify or ITunes.