Fine Line Live: Harry the Showman

Fine Line Live

On the 13th, I attended Harry Styles’ Fine Line: One Night Only concert.

The lights went out around 9pm and the crowd erupted into screams and chants of Harry’s name. We all knew what was about to happen next. He started out the night atop a platform placed at the back of the stage, doing the iconic pose featured on the Fine Line album cover, and in the exact outfit. Then as the music increased, he proceeded to start the night with the first song of the album, “Golden,” and it did not disappoint on the album, or live for that matter either. His energy throughout the song, and the entire show was intoxicating, making you wonder how he keeps up the energy for such a long time.

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Photo: Hélène Pambrun

From “Golden,” he opened up a conversation to the audience with a prolonged “I’m baack,” which caused the whole crowd to erupt with cheers. It was nice seeing him back on stage where he truly belongs. There’s something about Harry that proves that he was born for this life, as he commands attention while on stage.

He continued on the night performing all of his songs on the album, in order, including the three released singles from the album, “Watermelon Sugar”, “Adore You”, and “Lights Up,” saying it would be the only time he would do so.

His energy was high for most of his songs, but when it came to songs like “Cherry,” and “Falling,” there was a shift, the emotion behind the lyrics written plainly on his face. It’s easy to feel his pain in these moments. And as heartfelt as those songs were, he was able to bring the mood right back up again with “To Be So Lonely,” a song that is more uplifting with fun lyrics “I’m just an arrogant son of a bitch,” which the crowd screamed back at him passionately.

During a break after the song, he stopped for a moment to see how the crowd was doing. Unfortunately there was a fan down, but Harry made sure to send security to help the fan using gestures from the fans around the person to find them. During this moment he then proceeded to ask the audience “Why is it, when I call myself an ‘arrogant song of a bitch,’ that you sound the loudest? Did everyone just decide to sing it with their whole chest.” This is a moment that is sure to become a running thing, as iconic as the “Kiwi” pose as well as the new album pose.

There were other moments that I know fans will be able to enjoy on tour as much as we did that night; from the “boop” noises at the end of “Sunflower, Vol. 6,” to the way Harry completely loses himself in his dance moves during “Treat People With Kindness.” His dance moves are something that seem so him, so Harry, that I can’t help but make the comparison between him and Elvis, and the way Elvis’ moves drove fans nuts back in his day. Harry just has that effect on people, and he doesn’t even have to try.

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Before he ended the show, he took another moment to talk to the crowd. He almost seemed shocked at how fast the time had gone. When we realized this was his last song on the album, we were all shocked too. One hour had gone by, but it had felt like 10 minutes with how much fun we’d all been having.

Because this is Harry, and he knows us, he let us know that more was in store and the night wasn’t over just yet. His last song, before the encore, was, of course, “Fine Line”. The uplifting tone, and the way that he repeats “we’ll be alright,” is the perfect tone that you want to leave a concert feeling. A hopeful excited feeling that makes you realize how much you enjoyed your time.

When he finally returned to the center of the stage, the opening chords of a song we all know and love well began, “Sign of the Times.” It was his first single, one that seemed so bold when he first released it, being that it is 5 minutes and 41 seconds.

When he had finished, he began speaking about someone he admires deeply, and we all immediately knew who was coming. He then proceeded to announce the iconic Stevie Nicks, and this was undoubtedly the loudest the crowd screamed that night, since he had stepped on stage at the beginning of the show. They took center stage together, and performed Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide.” As she left the stage, fans continued to cheer for her and you could see the admiration on Harry’s face as well.

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Photo: Hélène Pambrun

Now, we’ve all been dying for Harry to give us a Christmas album for years now, even back in his One Direction days, and sadly we’re still waiting. But tonight he gave us a glimpse into what that would be like by performing “Wonderful Christmas Time.” Not only that, but the holiday spirit continued with fake snow falling from the ceiling as the song continued.

As the song ended, we knew our time with Harry was ending as well. Chants began throughout the crowd, from “Kiwi,” to “Medicine,” two well-known songs that Harry performed on his last tour. He began the end of the show with a quick speech. He thanked those that helped him create this album, those who joined him onstage, as well as thanking the fans for continuing to support him, “The album is yours, I am yours.” He told us he had one more song, and the lights on stage faded to a deep red tone. We knew what was coming.

As the opening beats of “Kiwi” began, everyone in the crowd was on their feet, dancing and jumping as Harry raced around, waving at those behind the stage. This is the song that he always sings the loudest, as he would say, with his whole chest.

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Photo: Hélène Pambrun

This song is just one of those where you really do just want to dance without a care in the world, and Harry does just that. As us fans would say, Harry almost looks possessed when he is dancing to “Kiwi”. It would surprise me if he didn’t have a headache with how hard he shakes his head to the beat of the drums during the song.

As Harry finished the song and gave his final bow, we all felt melancholic. Happy that we were finally able to see him back on stage and in person after it being so long, but sad at the fact that the show was over and we’d have to wait till 2020 to see him once again… To see him back on stage where he truly belongs.

Click here to catch Harry on tour in a city near you with Love on Tour!

And remember, always treat people with kindness!

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Words: Brianna Jerina | Featured Photo: Hélène Pambrun

Bringing In 2020: If You Start Doing *This* At 11:58…

New-Year-2020

It’s that time. The end of a year, the end of a decade, it’s time for a new start, and time to bring back this iconic meme. What songs will make the list this year?

To start 2020 right, try one of these hit songs to bring you into the decade…

“Roaring 20s” by Panic! At The Disco at exactly 11:59:17 PM

“Long Live” by Taylor Swift at exactly 11:59:53 PM

“We Made You” by Eminem at exactly 11:56:02 PM

“Feeling My Self” by Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé at exactly 11:58:50 PM

“The Ends” by Travis Scott at exactly 11:59:51 PM

“thank you, next” by Ariana Grande at exactly 11:59:15 PM

“Outer Space/Carry On” by 5SOS at 11:53:55 PM

“Fine Line” by Harry Styles at exactly 11:55:40 PM

And some tracks to just vibe with…

“Let it Happen” by Tame Impala at exactly 11:54:55 PM

“Nights” by Frank Ocean at 11:56:30 PM

Did we miss any songs that match up perfectly with midnight? Tweet us @MDRNMAG and let us know, or leave it in the comments below!

Words and Featured Photo: Mar Maldonado

Fine Line Is Here And We’re Not Fine

Harry Styles Fine Line

It’s here. It’s great. It’s perfect.

Harry Styles has yet, once again, delivered with his sophomore album, Fine Line. This album melodically takes us back to the 60s and 70s with its soft rock and retro feel. Lyrically, it takes us on a whirlwind of emotions as we follow Harry through the rise and fall and acceptance of his past relationship. We’ll break it down track by track for you.

Golden

If there was ever a musical ode to Fleetwood Mac… This is it. This is a song that you just want to sway and twirl to. You want to drive down the coast with the top of the car down at sunset with the wind in your hair.

“Golden”, we wrote on day two of being in Shangri-La […] as soon as we’d done it, it was like, ‘Oh, this is track one’. I used to drive from here to the studio and listen to it. “Golden” was like the perfect PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) song. It’s like driving down the coast, that is what the song is for. It feels so Malibu to me.

– Harry Styles, during his November 2019 interview with Zane Lowe

Lyrically, this song sets the listeners up for the rest of the album. “I don’t want to be alone when it ends” quite literally foreshadows the story told throughout the album. Paired with the upbeat music, this is the perfect way to start this album.

Watermelon Sugar

The second song on the album and also the second single released. “Watermelon Sugar” gives us the perfect summer feeling of romance. The one that we know will end quick so we dive in deep to enjoy the moment. The harmony, the bluesy guitar, the EVERYTHING.

Adore You

“Adore You” is the third single off of Fine Line and probably the most intricate. This single literally started out as a whole mystery of this mysterious island popping up but Harries quickly figured it out. “Adore You” is a beautiful song about unconditional love and doing anything to make them safe and happy. We stan. And this video probably had the most amazing marketing in the history of music videos.

Lights Up

“Light’s Up” was the first taste of Fine Line that we got. Paired with a steamy music video that just dropped out of nowhere… We were shooketh. “Light’s Up” is a heart wrenching song with upbeat music. The fear of having people find out who your partner is, having to deal with the light’s up and on that person. The lyrics make us want to give him a really really big hug and never let go.

Cherry

This is when the album starts to slow down and get real. This song is obviously about an ex of his. They’ve broken up, she’s moved on, and Harry isn’t taking it very well. “Don’t you call him what you used to call me,” and the french voicemail at the end that is actually from his ex Camille Rowe talking. The voicemail translating to:

“Hey! Are you asleep? Oh, I’m sorry…”
“Well, no… Nope, it’s not important…”
“Well then… We went to the beach and now we—”
“Perfect! Let’s go!”

Musically the song reminds us of “Little Things” from Harry‘s 1D days. Just him, a guitar, some harmony and a whole lotta feels.

Falling

We could call this song the climax of the album. This is all about the grief and heartache he is going through from the end of his relationship. He lost control of the relationship as well as her trust with his “wondering hands.”

This is definitely the fan favorite of the album. The ballad, the most emotional.

To Be So Lonely

This song is genius. This song blends so many different aspects from different genres that in theory shouldn’t go together… But yet they do. We have an Italian style ukulele with a blues-y plucked bass along with trumpets, cello’s and even a violin accompanied by swing-like lyrics.

“To Be So Lonely” is just really like articulation of Mitch’s brain. Even when Mitch plays to himself, he’s got the swing.

In this song, Harry has accepted his grief and he fact that the relationship is now over. He knows he’s messed up and she’s with someone else. She wants to be friends but he doesn’t think he can right now because he still loves her. He doesn’t want to be given any false hope, even if she doesn’t mean for him to feel that way.

She

“She” is the older sister to “Woman.” This song is pure genius. It’s a fantasy, it’s sexy and wow that guitar solo. The beginning of the song sounds almost identical to “Meet Me In The Hallway” but quickly turns into her own thing.

“She” is a beautiful blues ballad that listeners subconsciously play over and over again on repeat. The song features a fantasy love that a man would rather day dream about than face the real world.

Sunflower, Vol. 6

This is our beautiful 60s surf rock anthem of the album. Here he is reminiscing of the good times in his past relationship. He wants to immortalize their memories together through this melody.

All in all this song is just a feel good song. You smile and sway to it. You can feel the sun on your face and can practically feel and smell the ocean breeze.

Canyon Moon

“Canyon Moon” is another track that reflects back on the happy times of their relationship. Also noted as Stevie Nicks favorite track of the album, “Canyon Moon” is a ballad to 60s & 70s soft rock.

You can quite literally visualize yourself driving through canyons and hills.

Treat People With Kindness

60s 60s 60s. This song is so retro, with an Austin Powers flare. Sure Harry doesn’t sing the chorus but let’s look past that. This song is an ode to Harry‘s mantra “Treat People With Kindness.” This is something that he’s always preached in some way, shape or form throughout his whole musical career.

“Treat People With Kindness” is all about wanting to go somewhere where we can all just be nice and love one another. A place where we can feel happy and safe, and even if something bad happens, we know we’ll be okay.

Fine Line

The closing song on the album is also the namesake of the album. “Fine Line” as stated in an interview with Harry, “was always gonna be the last song on the album. It felt like it described to me the process of making it and how the album felt in terms of the different kinds of songs on it.”

This is a stripped song filled with emotions in-between the lyrics. Being that there’s not many lyrics to the song, Harry relies on the accoustic guitar to tell his story. And if you listened to the album from top to bottom as intended, in those pauses with no words, you know exactly what he’s trying to say and how he feels. He’s found balance with love and life, and acceptance and grievance. And of course, he closes the album out with an epic outro in a beautiful Harry-like fashion.

Well that’s it for Fine Line. An epic album from an epic person. What were your thoughts on Fine Line? What’s your favorite song and why? Let us know in the comments below or tell us on Twitter!

Catch Harry on tour in a city near you with his Love on Tour tour here!

Remember to always treat people with kindness!

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Words: Jace Chiappetta and Celine Martinez | Featured Photo: Tim Walker

The Late Late Show With Harry Styles

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We were graced with the all-powerful Harry Styles as the Late Late Show‘s guest host last night. And all we can think is…

CAN SOMEONE GET THIS MAN HIS OWN TALK SHOW!

The show opens with a fan favorite segment, Car Pool Karaoke. Here we see James Corden give Harry tips and tricks to being a good host, which includes fake laughing… (We’d honestly die to hear Harry fake laugh or really laugh.) To end the segment the pair of course sings “Watermelon Sugar” together, and we just swooned.

We then have Harry come out in a dashing suit, as always, to deliver the host’s opening monologue. He of course had a lot to talk about being the Articles of Impeachment against Donald Trump were written. That, plus some shameless promoting.

Following his monologue we jumped right into Spill Your Guts with Harry and Kendall Jenner – yes you read that right. Things definitely got interesting, and interesting things were eaten too. Some questions asked incuded Kendall asking Harry which songs off his first album were about her, and Harry asking Kendall who is the most surprising celeb to slide in her DMs. If you want to see if they responded, watch the clip below!

Along with Kendall, another guest on the show was star of Black-ish, Tracee Ellis Ross, who is also a friend of Harry. In their sit down interview, the three share stories about their large families, holidays, and modeling.

Following the interviews, we were given a small teaser of the musical guest, and it was not at all we were expecting… Harry Styles quickly interviewed Harry Styles giving us the best 53 seconds in television history.

For Harry’s musical performance he performed his latest single “Adore You” and let us tell you… Out hearts sailed away with him. His set mimicked the video for the single, taking us on a sailboat ride to the Island of Eroda.

Between his singing, adorable dancing, and impecable charm while on stage, we’re constantly reminded of why we love him. If someone tells you the perfect man doesn’t exist, just show them this episode of The Late Late Show.

You can pre-order and pre-save his new album Fine Line which drops December 13th here!

Catch Harry on tour in a city near you with his Love on Tour tour here!

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Words: Jace Chiappetta | Featured Photo: CBS Television

Songs That Defined The Decade

Here we are, almost at the end of a decade. The 2010’s was a very… Uh… Interesting time. We’ve had our ups and our downs. We were graced with the some of the most amazing songs, albums, movies, shows, and fashion in history. So, in a very MDRN fashion we are putting together lists of things that made this decade great!

We would give you just the top song of each year in the decade, but we had so many hits and bops that that is just impossible! So we’ll give you the year and it’s greats!

(Hint: If you click the image it will open song’s the music video)

2010

Firework – Katy Perry

Love The Way You Lie – Eminem ft. Rihanna

Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars

Super Bass – Nicki Minaj

Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera

Airplanes – B.o.B. ft. Hayley Williams

Rolling In The Deep – Adele

Billionaire – Travis McCoy ft. Bruno Mars

Telephone – Lady Gaga ft. Beyoncé


2011

Tonight Tonight – Hot Chelle Rae

What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction

We Found Love – Rihanna

6 Foot 7 Foot – Lil Wayne

Stereo Hearts – Gym Class Heroes ft. Adam Levine

Born This Way – Lady Gaga

You Make Me Feel – Cobra Starship

Look At Me Now – Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes

Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO


2012

Gangnam Style – Psy

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift

Starships – Nicki Minaj

Boyfriend – Justin Bieber

Don’t Wake Me Up – Chris Brown

Whistle – Flo Rida

We Are Young – fun.

Diamonds – Rihanna

Payphone – Maroon 5


2013

Wake Me Up – Avicii

Started From The Bottom – Drake

What Does The Fox Say – Ylvis

Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus

All Of Me – John Legend

Still Into You – Paramore

My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark – Fall Out Boy

Happy – Pharrell Williams

Best Song Ever – One Direction


2014

Bang Bang – Jesse J ft. Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj

Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars

Shut Up and Dance – Walk The Moon

She Looks So Perfect – 5 Seconds Of Summer

Anaconda – Nicki Minaj

All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor

Shake It Off – Taylor Swift

Chandelier – Sia

Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran


2015

Hello – Adele