One Direction’s Niall Horan misses standout opportunity

It’s been 18 months since  Zayn Malik left One Direction and 9 since the group officially went on hiatus.

Before the hiatus, the One Direction quartet released their most recent album, “Made In the A.M.,” but it’s been a long year since.

Fortunately for us, it’s been only a few days since Niall Horan of One Direction released his first solo track, “This Town.”

Horan debuted this song on Sept. 29. It’s a simple song, featuring Horan’s vocals, well written lyrics, a guitar and a piano. It’s the recipe for a mesmerizing song, and it delivers.

“This Town” is a slow melody written to Horan’s lost love who, without her knowledge, dictates all his emotions and actions, despite them being broken up. Horan decides to tell her singing, “If the whole world was watching I’d still dance with you/Drive highways and byways to be there with you/Over and over the only truth/Everything comes back to you.”

He mourns their love later in the lines, “And I know that it’s wrong/That I can’t move on/But there’s something about you.”

Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

As beautiful as the song is, it’s almost as if Horan is singing right along with his former band mates. The track sounds exactly like what you’d find on One Direction’s latest album. The only difference is there’s one voice instead of four.

Don’t get me wrong, Horan’s vocals are wonderful and he sings with emotion, but I must say I was disappointed.

His first solo was Horan’s chance to show us who he really is. He and Louis Tomlinson have always been stuck in the shadows of Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik, and this was his opportunity to break away, try something new, and showcase his talent, because he certainly has it, as seen in the live version.

Maybe One Direction is who he is, especially seeing as it’s all he’s known since 16, but millions of girls were waiting for Horan to step out as himself and shine, and he really missed the mark.

All my hopes are on an album, or an EP following suit with multiple tracks displaying Horan’s variety and talent, but I guess we’ll have to wait and find out.

Until then, I’ll just listen to “This Town” on repeat imagining the gang’s all back together.