Review: Harry Styles brings fans home with ‘Harry’s House’

Kiara Zabala, Opinion Editor

With the teasing Harry Styles gave his fans leading up to the release of his third solo studio album, the world was anxiously awaiting for what would come from the British pop star. On May 20, people all around the globe bolted to their phones as they woke up or some, like myself, stayed up until midnight to be one of the first to hear the album we all had been waiting for what seemed like forever for.
“Harry’s House” starts off with “Music For a Sushi Restaurant”, which is a typically upbeat song one can expect from Styles. When listening to this song, it gives the listener an impression that the entirety of this album will come as follows. However, this is not the case as he tends to take a step away from the stereotypical pop sound we usually can expect from pop stars.

Screenshot from “Late Night Talking” music video.

Harry Styles is anything but predictable.
“Late Night Talking” is the second song on this album. Although fans already knew the lyrics to this song since Styles performed it prior to the album release, listeners were still beyond thrilled to hear a clear version of this song. This song in question has a happy musical sense to it, but upon listening to the lyrics, listeners will see that this song is not as happy as the melody. This is far from one of his sad songs on this album, however the feeling of longing hidden within the lyrics is there. Styles sings, “But I’d follow you to any place,” clearly not caring if he must chase this person to the ends of the Earth. We also get a very similar vibe of a happy song with a longing undertone in his single from the album, “As It Was”.
As I stated prior, Styles does have sad songs on the album. Songs such as “Little Freak”, “Matilda”, “Boyfriends”, and “Love of My Life”, all had me reaching up to wipe the tears from my eyes when I first listened to them.
“Little Freak” is a song where, once again, we see Styles longing for a person. Only this time, it seems he is longing for the wrong person. With my favorite line as follows, “You never saw my birthmark,” he writes of a person who never took the time to learn something as simple as a birthmark. Something so permanent, yet this person he clearly cares for never took the time to get to really know him.
Styles really tore out fans hearts with track 7, “Matilda”. This song is about not feeling as if the family you were raised into truly cared for you. Styles sings, “You don’t have to be sorry for leaving and growing up,” which is a beautiful sentiment of not feeling bad about outgrowing your family. One thing I feel that people do not understand is that it is okay to outgrow people, even if they are your own family. But family is not always blood. He backs up my point with the lyrics, “You can start a family who will always show you love.”
All 13 songs were very well crafted. You can tell that with every album this man releases, every single one becomes more vulnerable than the last. “Harry’s House” was by far the most hard-hitting of all his albums to date. I would love to go into a five page essay on each song, but I suggest you go listen to the album yourself and form your own thoughts on Styles’ third album.
After hearing all these songs, I now will count down the days until I get to listen to them live in October as Harry Styles performs “Harry’s House” and brings us all home with open arms.