Two years after releasing his latest album, with a pandemic in between and an incredible world tour on the way, Harry Styles premieres this May 20 Harry’s House, his third album.
The name, which refers to the song Harry’s House / Centerpiece by Joni Mitchell, makes clear the thematic axis of the project: the home.
The album is composed of 12 songs, divided into two blocks, through which the artist explores all the dimensions of the “house” concept. The physical and tangible meaning of the word is explicitly present in the lyrics.
It places the songs in different scenarios, both homely (the kitchen, the living room floor, the garden) and geographical (Hollywood, Bishopsgate, New York …) … The other, symbolic, figurative, and emotional, underlies the plot.
Harry’s House is, in essence, a reflection on how love, family, the passage of time, and the relationship with one or the same play as important a role in the construction of a home as the foundations in that of a house.
The first part of the tracklist opens with Music for a Sushi Restaurant, Late Night Talking, and Grape juice (yes, the song with a fruit name is never missing from Styles’ albums).
These three pieces already make clear some of the most characteristic features of the album: the light and positive tone of most of the melodies, the love relationships (with reference to Olivia Wilde included in As It Was) as the greatest narrative constant, and the triumphant combination between classic sound composition and contemporary production and mix.
As It Was and Daylight are a necessary bridge to move to another type of mood, which, although in appearance is still sweet, have a more bitter drink.
And it is that another factor to highlight in Harry’s House is that the author continues to evolve his ballads, almost entirely replacing the epic and graceful tone of Sign of the times with a more austere one that, although it does not make us break into tears, pinches our hearts. Proof of them is Little Freak or Matilda.
Harry Styles’ new album is more stable, flirtatious, homogeneous, and subtle than the previous one. And he succeeds because of it. In addition, its freshness and essential joviality make your listening to the ear what a lemon slushie on a summer afternoon tastes like.