Is Harry In or Out? Harry’s House Breaks Records But Does It Hold Up?

Harry Styles is back with his third and newest album Harry’s House, released May 20th, 2022 and within one week of dropping, it already sold 515K units.

Harry was born in Redditch, Worcestershire, England on February 1st, 1994. His parents are Anne Twist and Desmond Styles, and he was raised in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, England. He was introduced to the public by being on the televised The X Factor competition along with Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, and Liam Payne. They may not have won, but soon went on to form the boy band One Direction. During his time in One Direction, he helped release a total of 5 studio albums and 109 songs. When One Direction split, Harry Styles continued his musical journey with the creation of his first album, Harry Styles and his second album, Fine Line.

Harry Styles has become a very popular artist creating music and has accumulated 72,114, 969 monthly listeners on Spotify, making him the 4th most-streamed artist on the app. Harry's House consists of 13 songs; some are danceable, some are meant to be sung in the car, and some will make you cry. With the release of Harry's House, Harry has already broken many records, such as the most vinyl sales with 182k sold and debuting at #1 on the US album charts. Harry Styles has also officially surpassed 1 billion total streams on Spotify. Most currently, Harry's House is the first album to spend the first 2 weeks of release on the Billboard 200 at number 1 since Adele’s 30 album. With him being at #1 for 2 weeks in a row, he has sold 682,000 units. This album has made Harry Styles the first British solo singer in history to concurrently chart 4 singles in the Hot 100's top 10 Billboard charts.

A Comprehensive List of Songs to Stream According to Mirta:

#1 “Late Night Talking” from the start is such an upbeat song and I liked how Harry put it at the beginning to bring that vibe for the fans. “Late Night Talking” is the catchiest song in this album that with one listen to it you will get the lyrics stuck in your head. The lyrics in the bridge, “We've been doin' all this late night talkin', 'Bout anythin' you want until the mornin' Now you're in my life, I can't get you off my mind” are really memorable. This song is definitely going to be a summer song where friends will play it when at the beach.

#2 “Music For A Sushi Restaurant”- The name of the song is very unique and the way that Harry wrote the lyrics is also unmatched. At the beginning there is a flood of instruments and beats that make the entrance of Harry’s voice iconic, and then he hits that high note and it's just mesmerizing. When the bridge comes in there is once again this overflow of the same instruments but he is singing the bridge, the way that Harry builds his voice as the instruments get higher is fascinating when hearing it with headphones.

#3 “As It Was”- This is the song that is placed at No.1 for Billboard's Hot 100 and it's very deserving. This is also the only song with a music video, which has accumulated 165,187,619 million views since March 31, 2022. Although the rhythm is bubbly and electric, the lyrics are sad because it's Harry putting his personal experience into the song about him reminiscing his growth over time. This song is also very popular among TikTok content creators posting a picture from their past self to them now which is a cute trend to hop on during the summer or when something drastically happened such as graduating or just growing up. This was definitely the song that allowed fans to reconnect themselves again with him since his previous album release, it was like a nice welcome back from Harry.

#4 “Matilda”- This song will make you cry when listening to it for the first time. Not only is it the longest song with 4 minutes and 6 seconds but it is the saddest. The song is about Harry saying to the public that home is not a place, but it is a mindset. It's definitely more of a deeper and personal song that Harry has released and that is known because when listening to it it was like Harry was sharing a song through his singing and then when picking everything up together it makes sense and that's why it's sad. This song is the most relatable because of how it makes the public feel like a warm hug from Harry himself. It's like he is reassuring his fans that he is listening and that it's okay to feel all these emotions all at once and that he has been in their shoes once before. The background music also adds to the song because it's soft and calming and matches with the tone he is depicting in his lyrics.

#5 “Cinema” is track 8 on the album and it's a nice refresher after crying to Matilda (Matilda being track 7). It is weirdly satisfying when Harry just randomly screams in the middle of singing the song that makes this top 5. The rhythm of this song is a dim, low, and faint beat that slowly builds up toward the end to create this baseline that is cathay and flowy. This is honestly just a funky and fun song to add with all the personal experiences Harry has added to the other songs. It's definitely more of a danceable and an adrenaline-filled song than “Matilda.”

“Harry’s House” is an album with a lot of potential and a point of view that we as fans of Harry have not seen too much of. This album has songs that are soft in tone but powerful in the lyrics. All of the songs are different from one another but they somehow connect to one another when hearing them. It's like he is creating a movie within each song and the descriptions that Harry used in his wording is magnificent. Harry’s voice has improved a lot from when he first started releasing songs by himself and this album shows how he has improved. Having all those different instruments all tied to his voice in “Music For a Sushi Restaurant '' is magical and makes the listener want to dance. All in all Harry out did himself with this album in creating something that is different from the rest of the other two. This album will be on repeat for many of his followers and newcomers during this summer.