We don’t need another Ed Sheeran and Harry won’t be one, says Now's Alex Hambis
Sign of The Times is the debut from the boy from Redditch who still has a point to prove. This is the music he’s been yearning to make for years and, underneath the impeccable Saint Laurent shirts and Chelsea boots, it shows that Harry has a heart.
In an exclusive interview with Nick Grimshaw on Radio 1, he compared releasing the song to giving birth. ‘It’s a bit weird. I feel like I’ve been hibernating in the studio for so long and you hear it in the safety of the studio and now it’s time to give birth.’
It’s a complete labour of love, and he doesn’t disappoint. It’s a confident debut from someone who clearly has their career trajectory planned out already, much like Zayn, to distance himself as far from 1D’s sound as possible without alienating his adoring fan base.
Tellingly, he also appears to be distanced himself from his bandmates. As Now reported last week, Harry has unfollowed all of 1D on Instagram – and so far only one of his former bandmates have congratulated him about his release on social media.
Sign of the Times shows that Harry has matured and grown as a vocalist as well as a songwriter, cemented with the Bowie-esque intergalactic synths and a guitar chorus that is likely to shock fans.
But this is what the world needs – it’s what pop music needs. We deserve a pop star who hangs from helicopters filming their music video. Someone who is seen drowning in the trailer of his acting debut. We’re living in a post-Brexit, pro-Trump, Bowie-less, Prince-less world. These are difficult and turbulent times, and Harry is going to pull us through.
Harry is on a crusade against everything that is bland. While Niall and Louis sat down in the studio with a guitar and a DJ respectively, Harry was sat in Jamaica, clearly listening to Queen and Bowie, ready to break the tedious pop cycle of ‘find a genre and stick to it’. We don’t need another Ed Sheeran, and Harry won’t be one.
He will perform Sign of the Times on Saturday Night Live 15 April and The Graham Norton Show on 21 April, and we really can’t wait. Stop crying, it’s the time of your life. And stop changing nappies, Liam – the ball’s in your court.