WonkeyDude98 Analysis: What Makes You Beautiful + One Direction

I have a confession to make: I used to love What Makes You Beautiful. Of course, that was when I was 8 (and when the song came out). I was kind of a moron back then. Now, even though I still think One Direction are a decent band, I cannot stand this song.

The production is, while catchy and harmless, rather sloppy and thin. The song does have some nice riffs, but they explode into an unrecognizable flurry of blurred chords on the hook. The synths are choppy, and the percussion is barebones and nonexistent. Overall, not much.

It's sad, because all of the members are good singers. Their voices are rich and have massive presence. The lyrics are goshawful however. If you try not to think about them too hard, the lyrucs are actually not bad. But a closer look reveals a rather weird layer on the song. A lot of the lyrics are horrendously pushy (I don't know why you're feelin' shy), creepily flattering (when you smile at the ground it ain't hard to tell), or just downright asinine ("you don't know you're beautiful, that's what makes you beautiful", but now she knows, so she isn't). The intent of the lyrics isn't anywhere near as bad as the presentation. It actually could've made sense, since insecurity and self-doubt are better than being way too overconfident in oneself. But the way the lyrics were portrayed...it just kills it.

I like the band One Direction. They don't deserve being above BotDF, Rae Sremmurd, Chris Brown, Jason DeRĂ¼lo, and Tyga on the Worst Artists of All Time list. Their lyrics are generally harmless, their sound is good (of not a bit unoriginal), they have good songs (Best Song Ever, Story of My Life, and Drag Me Down come to mind), and they have good singing voices. What I don't like about them is what they represent. They pander to the lowest common denominator, make their lyrics as vaguely relatable as possible, and are too easy on the ear. It isn't inherently bad, but it does represent something wrong with our society in that we eat generic boy bands up while bands like Marianas Trench and Run the Jewels (rap band, but band nonetheless) are left in the dust. I give them a light 3/5.

I can't be as generous to the song however. This is a 1/5. They have improved since '12, but this was a terrible first impression. This is WonkeyDude98, signing out.



One Direction. More like one ERECTION! HURHURHURDUR! LOL I'M SO FUNNY AND ORIGINAL! - visitor