Home > News & Reviews > Liam Payne

Liam Payne - LP1 (Album Review)

Friday, 13 December 2019 Written by Milly McMahon

Liam Payne's graduation from One Direction member to solo star was engineered to feel like a sexy and confident hip hop evolution, twisted up with Justin Timberlake-esque cool. Alongside bringing a sense of maturity to the boy band icon’s attitude and music choices, smouldering portraits of the 26-year-old filtered through to the covers of glossy magazines everywhere.

Payne was apparently ready to sing explicitly about his highly powered sexuality. Unfortunately, on ‘LP1’ he does so with limited conviction or anything approaching sensuality. The problem here is the achingly rigid formula the singer adheres to—it is so lacking in originality or authenticity.

Speaking over and over again about sweat, foreplay and fantasies, ‘LP1’ may contain suggestive lyrics, but not one minute of its 55 results in a sexy mood.

On Live Forever, featuring Cheat Codes, even Liam sounds bored. Rude Hours, meanwhile, is a total cringe-fest where he fails to shed his existing sensibilities. Strip That Down is quite simply the most awkwardly British attempt at R&B the charts have ever endured.

Perhaps it's the delivery of the lyrics that feels so contrived and uncomfortable. Maybe it’s the forced image of this all-new thrusting and grinding Liam Payne. But, quite simply, the lack of diversity in his material leaves 'LP1' feeling entirely stagnant.

There's so much more to good R&B than singing about the exchanging of bodily fluids over and over. Even the most outrageous sex icons in music, such as Madonna or George Michael, explored contrasting themes and styles in their careers. He has a long way to go before he can contemplate a legacy even one tenth of theirs, but acknowledging their versatility would be a start.

Payne's album feels like a catalogue product: packaged and delivered complete with all the mod cons and relevant gimmicks, but without an ounce of style or design. These empty, soulless beats are too inappropriate for teeny boppers and entirely vacuous for adults. Liam, this is a painful listen.





Let Us Know What You Think - Leave A Comment!




Related News

Liam Payne Announces Summer Show At Wolverhampton Racecourse
Mon 13 Jan 2020
Liam Payne has lined up a summer show in the UK.
Liam Payne Shares New Single All I Want (For Christmas)
Fri 25 Oct 2019
Liam Payne has released a new single.
Liam Payne Lines Up December Release For Debut Solo Album 'LP1'
Fri 18 Oct 2019
Liam Payne has announced his debut solo album.
Loud Times: The Metal Bands Who Made 2019 A Year To Savour
Thu 12 Dec 2019
This year was an enormous one for heavy metal. From fresh-faced upstarts making names for themselves to classic heroes making long-awaited comebacks, it has been a jam-packed 12 months for fans of all things face-melting. So, who better to review the state of the metal nation than the artists themselves?
Vince Staples Drops New Track Hell Bound
Fri 20 Dec 2019
Vince Staples has dropped a new track.
Now and Next: Stereoboard's Ones to Watch in 2020
Tue 07 Jan 2020
td#right {display:none !important;}   Each year brings with it a breakout star or two, and every January thousands of words are duly spilled trying to predict who they might be. Well, who are we to break with tradition? Head below to check out some fresh music from artists who might go on to enjoy a massive 2020.
"Roundaboutly Winging It": Amyl And the Sniffers On Their Breakthrough Year
Fri 13 Dec 2019
td#right {display:none !important;} Photo: Gareth Jarvis From her perch atop a flight case strategically placed in the middle of the stage, Amyl and the Sniffers vocalist Amy Taylor is surveying the rowdiness of the crowd at Cardiff’s Clwb Ifor Bach in all its sweaty glory. “Fuck Boris, he’s a racist hooligan, you deserve better than that,” she spits into the mic. “Fuck Boris, fuck Trump and fuck Scott Morrison.”
Seventeen To Bring Ode To You World Tour To UK And Europe In March
Mon 09 Dec 2019
Seventeen will bring their Ode To You World Tour to the UK and Europe next spring.
 
< Prev   Next >