One Direction fails to show growth

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor

Preceded by a critically acclaimed performance on the X-factor, One Direction released its sophomore effort, “Take Me Home,” on Nov. 13.

Despite the massive hype built around “Home,” the album fails to venture far from the debut, “Up All Night.”

The lead single, “Live While We’re Young” closely resembles their previous chart topping singles, while also maintaining the success. The teen pop track features heavy production on a catchy chorus that exclaims the need to “Live While We’re Young.”

Despite a peak at number three on the billboard hot 100, the group’s highest charting single in the U.S., “Young” ultimately fails to capture the group in their most powerful element.

Like “Young,” the majority of the album, including tracks like “C’mon, C’mon,”  “Kiss You” and “Heart Attack,” sounds far too generic and ultimately fails to showcase One Direction’s stronger capabilities.

Rather, in the Ed Sheeran penned follow up single, “Little Things,” One Direction perfectly fuses a sense of fragility with powerful vocals and poetic verses.

While One Direction continues to take over the world with their newly emerging sound, they resemble “The Backstreet Boys” on some of the stronger tracks on the album: “Last First Kiss,” “Rock Me” and “They Don’t Know About Us.”

As they plan to continue to promote “Home” throughout the rest of the year, One Direction will embark on a worldwide tour in 2013 with its first show in North America on June 13 in Sunrise, Florida.

Although “Take Me Home” fails to venture from their last effort, a few tracks manage to uphold the album. “Take Me Home” will undoubtedly debut at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 according to Nielsen Soundscan.