Single Review: ‘Strip That Down’ by Liam Payne


We finally have every member of One Direction’s first single. Capping off the last launched solo career is Liam Payne, who’s single is way overdue if I’m honest. He was the wild card solo career because we could see where the others were going but not Liam.

“Strip That Down” is the most pop and hip-hop-centered single that any of the 1D members have put out. The single is pretty much one of the best solo singles out of the group. While it has pissed off the Directioners, but that’s not really hard. I’ve been pissing them off since 2011 over Little Things. Get it? The song really kills its.

The beat of the song and how it’s arranged really is catchy and just makes you want to dance and bust a groove to it. The lyrics are also catchy as fuck. They are the kind that gets stuck in your head for months and days. They just go so well with the beat. The song is just an extremely fun song that will make you want to get down with your bad self, which is what the lyrics are about. Liam just wants to have fun and get down. He just wants have a good time. It’s a sexy song with sexy lyrics. It’s just a sexy time to listen to.

His vocals on the song aren’t really anything spectacular but are down in a way that the song makes them spectacular. It simple vocals that shine with the type of song it is. Liam’s background vocals that are underneath the main are great and add another layer to the song. It just makes the song even better. You can tell how much thought went into making the song. Even the rap totally works with this song. It’s been hit or miss lately when it comes to rappers in songs. But it completely works with this song. I would still like a solo version of the song though.

Now let’s talk about the line in the song that is pissing off the One Direction fanbase. Here’s the line:

You know I used to be in 1D, now I’m out free.

People want me for one thing, that’s not me,

This apparently made them turn on him fast. They are saying stuff like “Liam, you weren’t in prison.”  Sometimes, I forget how crazy fandoms are because they are probably reading too much into and not looking at the lyrics and how they are positioned in the song.  It’s more about being able to do things he enjoys and not having to act a certain way because it doesn’t fit the “group image.” Liam is finally able to be himself and do things he enjoys, like make a pop/hip-hop song that would never fly if he was still in 1D.

This is a good song. It’s up there with Zayn and Harry’s first singles as one of the best. It just an extremely catchy song with an extremely catchy beat. I like how Liam isn’t sticking to what people would expect him to do.

Rating: 4 out of 5


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