While One Direction are taking a hiatus, the members of the group are focusing on their solo careers. Niall Horan released ‘This Town’ as his debut single to a mediocre response while Louis Tomlinson teamed up with Steve Aoki on the massive club anthem ‘Just Hold On’. Today, Harry Styles becomes the next member of the group to release a solo single as he drops ‘Sign of the Times’ – the lead single off his highly-anticipated debut album.

Harry opted for a bluesy rock ballad, reminiscent of David Bowie’s earlier work, than the traditional pop route – something only he could pull off. Coming in at just over five and a half minutes, the song doesn’t follow radio’s traditional format and, honestly, if it wasn’t a Harry Styles song, most radio stations around the world wouldn’t give it a second glance. Despite this, I’m glad Harry has done something different. The singer shows off his beautiful falsetto throughout the song giving us flashbacks to his time in One Direction but also into the future and the type of music we can expect on his debut album.

The production is incredibly slick and the instrumentals are perfectly arranged. Lyrically, Harry dug into a deep space and wears his heart on his sleeve – something audiences will appreciate. ‘Sign Of The Times’ is both a brave and unique release. It pushes boundaries and Harry forces himself way outside of the comfort zone he created with One Direction.

Harry is really excited for the world to hear what he has been working on. “In the least weird way possible, it’s my favourite album to listen to at the moment,” he says about his upcoming album. “I think if you put out something that you don’t stand behind and really love, then if it doesn’t go well then you could regret not doing what you wanted to do. Whereas if nothing happens with it, I love it you know so I think that’s what you should do. I think that’s been my favourite part to the overall thing is listening to the album and making all the changes – it has been fun to watch over it all.”

While Harry has yet to announce a release date or title for his upcoming debut project, ‘Sign Of The Times’ is out everywhere today.

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