Harry Styles’ new album highlights sensitive topics

Rory Wainwright, Associate Editor

Musical icon Harry Styles released his new album Fine Line on December 13, 2019, and it was produced by Jeff Bhasker, Kid Harpoon, Tyler Johnson, Greg Kurstin, Mitch Rowland, Columbia and Erskine Records. The album provides a clean and crisp palette full of emotion, beauty, and grace.

The album is 46 minutes long and features twelve songs that fall under the category of Pop-rock genre. The new album features the songs: “Golden,” “Watermelon Sugar,” “Adore You,” “Lights Up,” “Cherry,” “Falling,” “To Be So Lonely,” “She,” “Sunflower, Vol. 6,” “Canyon Moon,” “Treat People with Kindness,” and “Fine Line.” Some of the songs offer a more laid-back, indie pop type of feeling while others show Rock and Roll details written within the beat. The album offers a wide variety of different rhythms and percussion sections as well. Each song differs in tempo, tone, and mood, creating a diverse listening platform for its listeners. 

While the different songs vary in structure, they all connect to create a diverse album. The songs flow with emotion, truth, and rawness. In “Lights Up,” Styles gains the strength to speak out about the LGBTQ+ in an emotional ballad of lyrics telling the person that it is ok to be who you are, and to never be ashamed to be true to yourself. He wrote this song in dedication to the ones who are afraid to identify with their sexuality. It is defined as an anthem to help them gain courage and bravery. Personally, the first time I listened to this album, I truly enjoyed it. The amount of truth that he stains into his work is astounding. With beautiful melodies and harmonies combined with Styles’ lyrics, the music is moving to the heart and mind. 

Styles produces his truth to the listeners. While some musicians do not write their own music, all the songs on Styles’ albums are written by him and worked on by him. He puts his work and hours into all of his music and it clearly gives him a canvas to work with. He opens himself about his true love, his heartbreaks and his sexuality. He explores sensitive topics and delivers them with beauty.