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Fine Line

Harry Styles

Fine Line

Second solo album from the LA-based former One Direction singer working with a number of producers including Jeff Bhasker, Kid Harpoon Tyler Johnson and Greg Kurstin

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  1. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    Fine Line proves that the musician has absorbed the best lesson passed down by California’s great musicians: Don’t be afraid to take chances within a folk- or pop-rock framework, as that’s how you create iconoclastic music that endures
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  2. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    The most interesting boy band escapee yet
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  3. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    There’s still a ways to go before he finds a sound that’s definitively his, but he doesn’t seem to be a guy who gets hung up on self-definition
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  4. 8.0 |   NME

    The former One Directioner has come good on his early promise, letting loose on a fun, funk-inspired album
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  5. 8.0 |   DIY

    A compelling document of an artist coming to life
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  6. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Fine Line expands on the languorous guitar rock that has been Styles’ currency since he left One Direction, with copious charm and flickers of ingenuity
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  7. 8.0 |   Clash

    There is a ‘fine line’ between plain pop music and good pop music that’s interesting to listen to. On this album, Harry Styles definitely falls into the latter category
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  8. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The English pop star makes retro-rock with a sensitive touch on his excellent second album
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  9. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    A journey of sex, sadness and self-discovery
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  10. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Unlike his former One Direction bandmates, who swiftly picked their lanes, Styles is taking his time coming into focus. The results serve him – and his fans – well
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  11. 8.0 |   NOW

    The former One Directioner sounds like he’s finally letting go of the dad-rock cosplay of his debut, leaning instead into ebullient, soulful pop
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  12. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    When everything feels hopeless, pop music feels frivolous, but there’s joy in frivolity, and deep meaning in joy. Harry Styles is one of our finest forces for joy
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  13. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    If he combines the roguish energy of his debut with the bittersweet sincerity of Fine Line, he may just reach the glorious heights of his rock and roll forebears. Harry Styles has mastered the art of being sad
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  14. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    No amount of songwriters can create sincerity
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  15. 6.0 |   All Music

    Despite the handful of songs that touch on his potential for greatness, Fine Line isn't quite there yet
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  16. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Fine Line is a confident step in Styles’s whimsical musical adventure
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  17. 6.0 |   The FT

    The singer adapts his unforced vocal style to various roles and has a more rounded role than his boy band days
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  18. 6.0 |   Q

    Styles manages to show more of his personality here. Print edition only

  19. 6.0 |   Pitchfork

    Harry Styles hides himself inside of a mystic pop-rock record that keeps us away from who he is as a songwriter and fledgling rock star
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  20. 5.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    A pop album with rock-flavored production
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