REVIEW: Harry’s House is a cozy abode for listeners to settle into

After a whirlwind couple months rife with sneaky clues and subtle hints, Harry Styles has released his third solo album, Harry’s House. The much anticipated record comes at the beginning of the summer and marks the kick off of a new era of music for the mega-star. 

After an era sustained through the worst of the Pandemic, Harry’s House is quite actually a cozy abode for listeners to visit and stay a while, settling in among the catchy grooves and beautifully woven lyrics relayed with vocal grace. 

With a gleaming bang the album is set off at a roaring pace with “Music For a Sushi Restaurant,” heralding in the shining new era for the British artist. Bright horns, a rarity for the musician, accompany a groovy bassline met with Styles’ intensifying vocals. 

A sunny, more toned-down “Grapejuice” settles the listener into the new environment introduced by the first two tracks. Warm and sunkissed, the song would set a plush, lovely tone for any summer patio or garden party. Styles’ ethereal vocals interlaced with the song’s hypnotic bass and rhythm guitar tracks fill in the chorus. Throughout the song, grounding bass and a fuzzy-toned drum sound steady and root the tune in its earthy groove.  

The record continues on to “Daylight” which skips along with plodding synthy keys giving the bouncy track its groove. The gentle verse jumps to a chorus that bursts at the seams, but not until the delightfully adorable line, “you’d be the spoon dip you in honey so I could be sticking to you,” can sneak out. A lighthearted Styles saunters forward as the song progresses through the flowy lyrics and lush summer landscape constructed by the warm instrumentals. 

“Matilda” slows the record down with a crisp acoustic guitar track to accompany the singer’s increasingly delicate vocal range. The raw song skips the shinier production value of the previous songs with just a piano pairing with the guitar, eventually replacing it to close the song with a haunting sustain. The line “you don’t have to be sorry for leaving and growing up”relays the song’s intimacy and slight darkness. 

Once again Harry Styles has served popular music a world filled with a delectable array of musical sweet treats to pick from, made with love. 

Styles is taking to the cover of the June edition of Better Homes and Gardens to promote the album and give fans a peek into his domestic life. This summer the artist is also set to continue his Love On Tour in Europe, coming back to America for additional shows. Dates and tickets can be found here