One Direction has dropped another album before their hiatus—but how does it compare to their past efforts? When "Drag Me Down" came out with little to almost no prior announcement, Directioners everywhere had to face the heartbreaking truth that Zayn Malik is no longer a part of the band. And everyone else was wondering whether or not the band would actually be good without one of the prominent members out of the picture. That was how I faced the band’s newest album. But to my surprise, Made In the A.M. was actually one of One Direction’s best efforts. Harry, Liam, Naill and Louis all seemed to have grown into men in this album, with the tracks having little pop-induced riffs than usual. Most of the songs, however, were more ‘safe’ than rock attempts like their third album, Midnight Memories. The opening track, "Hey Angel", was a great introductory song, adding a little Dashboard Confessional-esque feel to the whole album. In the deluxe edition, "A.M" was the closing number, serving as a good farewell to the boys for now. Made In the A.M. will probably not be 1D’s highest selling album, but it’s a good final chapter to the last five years these boys have gone through. And it’s about time they get the break they needed.
BY ALISA NADHIFA
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