Harry Styles released his second solo album “Fine Line” on December 13, 2019. This collection follows his debut album “Harry Styles” which was released in 2017.
The album begins with “Golden,” an upbeat song that introduces the record perfectly. The first 15 seconds open the song with a bang, starting calmer, and then jumping into a fun melody with Styles singing background vocals. The lyrics that follow express the feelings commonly experienced when beginning a new relationship.
As Genius Lyrics said, “[‘Golden’] helps set the tone for the rest of the album — moving on from heartbreak.” The second track titled “Watermelon Sugar” continues the upbeat-ness of the album, and both the lyrics and the melody convey the fun summertime “highs” that radiate good vibes.
Styles’ third track “Adore You” is one of my personal top 3 favorites off the album. His lyrics talk about adoration and love for another person that just can’t be helped, and while singing this song he beautifully demonstrates his vocal range.
“Lights Up,” the fourth track off the album, was the first single Styles released. He described the meaning behind this song as “freedom…self-reflection, [and] self-discovery” in an interview with Capital FM. The lyrics definitely reflect that, as Styles sings “Lights up and they know who you are/Know who you are/Do you know who you are?” throughout the song.
The first slower track of the collection is “Cherry.” This song also demonstrates Styles’ impressive range as he sings about the aftermath of a break-up with his ex-girlfriend Camille Rowe, whose voice is briefly used to end the track.
“Falling,” the record’s sixth song, is another slower one, and captures Styles’ sadness for any listeners to feel as well. He sings, “ What am I now? What am I now?/What if I’m someone I don’t want around?/I’m falling again, I’m falling again, I’m fallin’,” conveying lost feelings.
Following his emotional ballad, Styles’ “To Be So Lonely” reflects the later stages of breakup. The lyrics that begin the song, “Don’t blame me for falling/I was just a little boy/Don’t blame the drunk caller/Wasn’t ready for it all” show that Styles felt he wasn’t to blame for the relationship ending. This track is another one of my favorites, likely because it feels so carefree.
The eighth song of the album, “She,” is about Styles’ ideal significant other who he “daydreams” about, but he sings “I don’t know who she is.” This track ends instrumentally with a long electric guitar feature.
“Sunflower, Vol. 6” brings the album back to being upbeat, and is likely conveying Styles’ happier memories with his ex. This is the last of my three favorite songs because of the tracks’ fun melody, and in my opinion, it’s also the best song to sing with your friends as you dance around your room or drive at night.
The record’s tenth track, “Canyon Moon,” is the most indie song of the album, and makes you feel like you’re sitting around a campfire jamming out with someone who brought their guitar. In this song Styles recalls the happiness of going home, which is clearly conveyed through both the lyrics and melody of the track.
“Treat People With Kindness” is another upbeat track that radiates happy energy. The song’s title is the slogan for Styles’ merchandise that has been sold since the release of his first solo album in 2017.
The album ends with its namesake song, “Fine Line.” This entire track screams an incredible finish to an amazing album. Starting slow, Styles reflects on his emotions throughout his past relationship and breakup. Over halfway through the song, the melody picks up and finishes the album instrumentally.
This record is incredible, it perfectly conveys emotional highs and lows through music, which is where many people turn when they want to reflect on how they’re feeling. I highly recommend this album, even if you aren’t necessarily a Harry Styles fan, this collection is definitely worth a listen.