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Single Review: One Direction – ‘Perfect’

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One Direction have had one of their most controversial and eventful years since their formation in 2010. Between Zayn Malik leaving the band, a world tour, and the rest of the boys making the decision to go on hiatus at the end of the year, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne still found time to record a final album before temporarily parting ways. They have just released their third single Perfect from their upcoming album Made In The AM and it’s one banger of a track.

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The band’s second release, Infinity was nowhere near as successful as Drag Me Down, the first One Direction song to not feature Zayn. Drag Me Down had buckets of commercial success while Infinity barely made it into the charts, so I was unsure of what to expect. However, I was excited by what I heard the first time I listened to Perfect.

Something you often don’t hear from One Direction is Louis’ voice opening the track, but that’s exactly what you hear on Perfect which makes you wish it happened more often. The rest of the vocals are shared out separately between Harry, Niall and Liam. While the track may lack the bigger moments we heard in Drag Me Down, it shares a much more mature sound than their previous albums and the somewhat cheeky lyrics aid in the song’s character.

The track has attracted a lot of attention due to the nature of its lyrics and the fact that the song was co-written by Harry. Speculation that the song is based on Harry’s relationship with Taylor Swift arose very quickly because of lyrics like “and if you like midnight driving with the windows down” when compared to lyrics like “Midnight, you come and pick me up no headlights” taken from the song called Style off Swifts recent album 1989. “And if you’re looking for someone to write your break up songs about” – another clue with the consideration that Swift is notorious for writing her songs about her relationships with celebrities. These lyrics are also all coincidently sung by Harry. The band is yet to confirm nor deny whether the claim is accurate. How true this is, is irrelevant to the fact that the track is an enjoyable addition to what will hopefully be an album that lives up to the same caliber.