Long Way Down
Label: Syco Music
The classic rock overtures that 1D first showed off on 2014’s Four remain on fine display: think New Kids on the Block with rock machismo and flashy guitar pop. This time around you’ll hear hints of Rick Springfield (early single “Drag Me Down”) and Coldplay, the latter shining strong on the sparkling “Infinity,” in which a dejected suitor claims with conviction that his heart won’t be healed by the time it takes to count every star in the night sky. Sure, the lads are growing up, but they still know how to effortlessly tap into teen angst.