9. Four. One Direction. The British pop band, 1D are more involved in their songwriting than the previous albums, which is a good momentum to reign in when you are trying to grapple with the idea that you are probably still the only band to come off The X Factor, that is still going strong. Oh, is that too early of a statement? Because the Billboard charts cry happy tears with their clockwork winter releases annually! The music is still pop-rock and “drunk on youth and manhood/adolescence” but its welcoming to see a group of Brits finding Journey, Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams lovable enough to still want to do all of that ‘80s cool in this decade – also their vocal growth and stage presence are all doing cool, so watch out for when their music steps out with their personality definition soon.

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