Video Review: “Strip That Down” by Liam Payne

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We finally got the official video for Liam Payne’s new single “Strip That Down” and I have some thoughts on it. I always have thoughts so what’s new with that.

“Strip That Down” video isn’t bad. On the contrary, if you were to trade Liam out for Nick Jonas then you wouldn’t even notice. That is what’s wrong with the video. It’s very old school style as there’s no story to the video but rather just dancing, brooding poses, and blank backgrounds with colorful lights. It totally works for the video. Liam looks very good in it, especially with his minimal dance moves that aren’t as grand as the dancers in the video. But the fact that it looks like the video that Nick did with Sage the Gemini, just hurts it. I noticed it from the first two minutes and now I that’s all I see. I watched the video twice and it was still there.

Another thing that is where’s the shirtless scenes with Liam that was shown in all the promo trailers? Did they tease us with it or was it deleted from the entire video? For a song/video that says “Strip that down for me,” it’s a rather PG video. There’s no stripping in the video at all. It’s sexy but when you hear the word strip, you are thinking less clothes involved sexy. The promos for it was slightly misleading in that.

The part in the video that gets funny is when Quavo gets on-screen and Liam goes from looking a brooding sexy man to a lost child. He just comes across as out-of-place  and like he didn’t belong at all. The video did shed his One Direction image, which was hard since they are the only boy band with tattoos of this generation. One Direction’s image was just always confusing because they were suppose to this “boy next door” wholesome guys that you can bring home to your parents but yet they looked the opposite with their tattoos. But the video did make him seem less wholesome. But like I said above, it could have been more less wholesome.

“Strip That Down” isn’t a bad music video. It does it purpose in shedding Liam’s One Direction image and promoting the song. The fact that it’s too much like Nick Jonas and it’s holding back on the sex is what’s truly holding it back. Oh, and the fact that as soon as Quavo comes on-screen, Liam looks like that lost little boy in the supermarket looking for his mommy.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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Single Review: ‘Strip That Down’ by Liam Payne

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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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Single Review: Niall Horan’s ‘Slow Hands’

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It’s time to get sultry as the innocent one of One Direction let his thirsty show in his brand new single. That’s right, little Niall Horan is horny with his slow hands and he’s telling the world.

“Slow Hands” is way different from his first single “This Town.” The song is more of funk pop rock mix that’s beat is slow. The beat is a sexy slow beat that for stripping. I’m pretty sure that Niall made this song for people to strip too. The beat is pretty much teasing you until it hits the chorus. There, it gets a little faster. I like the change in genre for Niall, he really shows off what he can do musically. It fits him well. It showcase that he can sing different styles and genres with no problems. The part that really shines is the middle the song because just carries the song into the climax so nicely and signals the part where it’s the “oh, yeah” part of the song. Pretty much, it’s the part where they get it on.

His vocals on the song are great. His vocals are deeper which just adds to the sex of the song. These vocals are way better than what he did in “This Town.” His vocal shows more growth and it’s rather shocking that One Direction didn’t use him more on vocals. While it’s been known that he was one of the sleeper vocalist toward the end of their tenure, this song proves it. Niall vocals is pretty much best part of the song. Without the deeper vocals, the song wouldn’t be as nearly as sexual. It’s kind of like his musical balls dropped, so to speak.

The lyrics are probably the bow that ties everything together. They are seductive and don’t try to hide the fact that the song is about hooking up with someone. Here’s the second verse “I just wanna take my time/We could do this, baby, all night, yeah/’Cause I want you bad/Yeah, I want you, baby.” If this sound is taking about sex, then I don’t know what is. And the song even has the girl, sorry guys, putting the moves on Niall and wanting to go back to her place. He put a lot of thought into these lyrics. Probably some long lonely nights of writing.

Overall, the song itself is something extremely well thought out and arranged very well. Everything just adds to the song and makes it better. There isn’t one aspect that shines more than the other.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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