Every time they release solo material, right before I hit play I get super nervous. What if I don’t like it? What if it’s really good and no one believes me because “I’m obsessed?” My mind worried for “Just Hold On.” I had a crisis for “Sign of the Times.” When “This Town” dropped I had never been so worried in my life. But nobody has dragged me down (yet).
Louis Tomlinson just dropped his third (second by himself) track since the 1D hiatus began. So of course, right before I clicked play on Spotify at 12:30am when I realized what time it was, I had a heart attack. Studying for my test was instantly pushed aside and I isolated myself to a study room in the library.
And then I clicked play.
When that initial guitar started I had no idea the direction (haha One Direction, get it) the track would take. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but in a good way. It has that club beat that Louis has been finding ways to make his own but with an interesting rock twist.
The guitar riff is what really threw me off the first listen, but it’s what drew me in for another. It fits in “Just Like You” providing the perfect contrast to everything else happening on the track. Almost in a reggae feel from the syncopation of it, I think it’s one of my favorite elements from everything Louis has released so far.
Right before the drops, there’s this drum beat that I just love. It’s a quick little and-two-and (as my old band directer would probably say) that isn’t typically right before a major drop like that. It makes the drop feel bigger than it really is because it delays it just a second later than you expect it.
Louis works with the lyrics to remind you that even though he’s apart of the biggest band on the planet (if you read that in Niall’s voice from the “Best Song Ever” music video we can be friends), he’s just like the rest of us. We all have similar struggles in life even though they’re all completely different. It’s easy to think that because he’s a huge pop star, owns a house probably as big as the entire building I live in, and is richer than my bank account can dream, Louis has problems of his own.
I can’t wait to see what Louis bring with an entire album. So far he’s provided great stand alone tracks. However, they’re all similar in sound if you really thing about it. Same pattern with drops, lyrical style and patterns, so I hope that with an album he shows people what he can really do. I know what he can do and I just really want him to prove people wrong.
Be sure to listen to (and stream and purchase) “Just Like You”!