Review of Harry Styles’ New Album, “Fine Line”



Sonali Blair, Journalist

Harry Styles has had an incredible and unimaginable childhood as well as development as an artist. He was once upon a time a part of the iconic band “One Direction.” For the majority of his role as a professional entertainer, Harry had been a part of this band for around 5 years yet, it was time to say goodbye after those long years where Harry–and many of his previous band members–decided to pursue individual music careers. Harry, however, rose to fame quickly where his fandom grew even larger than before. With the release of his first album only one year after the official break-up of the band, Harry rose to a fame that many of his other band members have somewhat not even reached yet. 

Harry Styles’ new album “Fine Line” is one that deserves the recognition it is getting by not only teenagers but all generations; that is how well executed it is. His new album embodies a new form and style of music that has not been explored in quite a while. Much of his music depicts stories about love and loss, where you can identify his intentional tone of each song yet every song is different. Because he is such an influential artist of the modern era, he has taken the opportunity to use his platform to empower a brighter way of living life. Take “Treat People With Kindness”: this song embodies a factor that should be exercised by everyone, especially nowadays. Considering how polarized not only the United States is but the whole world has become on many cultural issues, “Treat People With Kindness” reminds many that we are all human and of the same species.  

When looking at the specifics of each song, it is easy to see how unique his new album is when comparing it to his previous one as well as general modern music today. I, as a common listener, tend to veer towards older styles explored in the 80s, for example by the band Queen: Queen’s unique sound is what really put them aside from everyone else and personally, I think Harry Styles is making his way towards being as common of a household name as Queen is. 

His most popular songs debuted on his album would probably have to be “Adore You”, “Falling” and “Fine Line”–this being the song that embodies the whole of the album considering that it also shares the title to the whole of the album. All three of these songs have such a distinct tone to them, making it more of a pleasant surprise when listening to each one of them. From “Adore You” to “Treat People With Kindness” to “Watermelon Sugar,” these songs embody the true landscape of creativity that one can have as well as the bona fide passion for something.


My personal opinions of my favorite songs as well as others’

“I like listening to the album because there’s a song on there for every single mood. If I’m feeling happy, I listen to ‘Treat People With Kindness’ or if I’m feeling nostalgic I’ll listen to ‘Fine Line.’ It all just depends on how I’m feeling. The whole album is just a masterpiece in itself.” 

–South senior,  Ajak Noi-Dwol

“Fine line”–Sharing the name of the whole album, this song transcends me into an honest and emotional mindset. In other words, the song’s tone makes me feel comforted in a way as well as somehow refer to my past in a dramatic movie-scene way. The fact that he also assures his listeners that “We’ll be alright” at the end of the song makes the song even more emotionally triggering considering this message means that the future is going to be okay and you, as the listener, can get through it, whatever “it” may be. This is what makes it touching for me. 


“Treat people with kindness”–This song genuinely holds a limpid yet not practiced message to it: treat people with love and kindness so we can find a peaceful and “place to feel good.” Giving confidence to others will empower them and this feeling will eventually get to everyone, making a happier world for everyone to love and live in. It is as if, with the gospel and life-lifting tone, this song reminds me of a modern “Queen” song, if such thing were to exist. “Queen” being one of the more unique bands from its time, modern music will never be able to surpass the unbelievable talent exhibited by this group. However, even if Styles did not even meet this paradigmatic line set by “Queen,” Styles reminded me of hope with uniqueness in sound in our modern times. To me, almost every song sounds the same however this new album explicitly proved me wrong in so many ways, essentially reinstituting faith in modern music.    


“She”–This song is most likely the closest song you will find to “Sign of the Times” debuted on his previous album. “She” holds a tone that was first introduced in his first album: a raw rock & roll style where David Bowie seems to be one of his many inspirations.  


“Falling”– South senior Annie Wright holds the opinion that “‘Falling’ breaks my heart but it’s so beautiful and raw and honest.” This song is shows Styles’ honesty with the hurt from his past and present. The many questions he poses throughout the whole song–“What if I’m someone you won’t talk about?” or “What if I’m someone I don’t want around?”–only goes to show how much he doubts himself or feels pain as much as anyone else; he is as much of a human being as the next guy. It is only that he put his pain and passion together to form this piece of art. 


“Adore You”– South senior Annie Wright expresses that “‘Adore You’ is super happy and upbeat and makes me really excited for the future.” For reference, this is one of the more popular songs from his album, holding that star in Apple Music which simply means that it is one of the if not the most listened to song of his album. 


“Cherry”–This is one of the tranquil songs of his album, with not only the lyrics deeming it calming but the instrumental pieces that form the skeleton of the song. Styles used his pain and hurt to write many of his songs that are on this album, and so raw and honest are words that were used often in many of my opinions in the previous songs used. Yet, this song especially shows his pain with love when he inserts a recording of his ex-girlfriend Camille Rowe and alludes to her in the lyric “I just miss your accents and your friends.”