Friday 22 November 2019

Niall Horan praises 'birth of classic' as band mate Harry Styles turns on solo style

Harry Styles and Niall Horan. Images: Getty
Harry Styles and Niall Horan. Images: Getty

Sherna Noah

Niall Horan has praised One Direction bandmate Harry Styles' debut solo single, which has been called everything from "boring" to "Bowie-esque".

Styles debuted Sign Of The Times on the radio yesterday morning following fevered anticipation about how the track would sound.

The 23-year-old compared airing the single, which shot straight to the top of the iTunes chart, to "giving birth".

Horan, who like One Direction's Louis Tomlinson and former bandmate Zayn Malik has previously released solo material, joined millions of Twitter users in congratulating Styles.

"Love it H," he wrote.

Styles had told Nick Grimshaw's Radio 1 breakfast show: "I hope people like it.

"It's a bit weird. I feel like I've been hibernating in the studio for so long and you hear it in the safety of the studio, and now it's time to give birth."

Fans gushed on Twitter, with @todays1dhistory writing: "So happy, so proud, so gorgeous, so talented, so emotional, so moving, so absolutely and impossibly in love with Harry Styles."

Music reviewers were more restrained.

The Telegraph's Alice Vincent called the track "curiously melancholic" but "a little boring".

"Sign Of The Times is a mournful end-of-an-era ballad that lays down a breadcrumb trail for those ardent fans desperate to know his feelings about being in One Direction," she said.

Roisin O'Connor wrote in the Independent: "It's going to take something bigger than this one track to assert Styles as a serious artist.

"The feeling by the end of Sign Of The Times is that he listened to Life On Mars."


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