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Boy Bands Make a Comeback With One Direction’s Debut

  • Christa Banister Contributing Writer
  • 2012 2 Apr
Boy Bands Make a Comeback With One Direction’s Debut

Artist: One Direction

Title: Up All Night

Label: Columbia  

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the boy band, the object of many young girls' affections, is never truly over as long as the guys are cute and the songs are catchy.

And just as Bieber-mania has finally quieted down a little (or at least until his next record releases) and the Jonas Brothers have been pursuing their respective solo endeavors, the timing for a group like One Direction really couldn't be more perfect.


After all, if there's even an inch of wall space left in any pre-teen girl's bedroom, One Direction is absolutely poster-perfect. Comprised of Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and Zayn Malik, this British-Irish fivesome is the brainchild of "X Factor UK" judges Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger, who suggested they form a group together after auditioning separately for the show.


Emerging as one of the fan favorites of the competition, One Direction ended up finishing in "X Factor's" top three. Perhaps, even more important than that particular accolade, however, is how they quickly gained a very loyal, very devoted fanbase of young ladies who couldn't wait for the band's official debut.


Expected to debut at #1 on the U.S.'s Billboard charts, not exactly the easiest of feats with a new artist not from the States, what makes One Direction stand out is a trait not usually associated with boy bands—originality.


A unique hybrid of current electronic pop sounds and the old-school harmonies that helped Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync dominate the airwaves in the ‘90s, better than average songwriting certainly helps the cause, too.


Whether it's their current hit single "What Makes You Beautiful" or the more soulful strains of "Gotta Be You" and "More Than This," the pristine vocals and inventive hooks make listening the ultimate guilty pleasure.


Naturally like most pop acts, the guys have romance—and not much else—on their minds, but unlike Katy Perry, Rhianna or Maroon 5, the lyrics aren't laced with steamy come-ons. Instead, they seem to follow the Biebs' lead with more innocent declarations of devotion that practically ensure they'll be in the limelight for years to come.

*This Review First Published 4/2/2012