Thursday, 26 January 2012

One Direction - I Should Have Kissed You

When it comes to boy bands, I've always been most partial to The Wanted. With their scruffy northen-ness and variably cheeky tracks, they distil the epitome of 'lad' culture into brilliant pop nuggets.

But One Direction... they're still too young for all that... Or are they? We certainly know Harry Styles can be a right naughty one when he wants to be. But musically speaking, up til now, the 1D boys haven't matched up to the high standards set by The Wanted's material.

But in new b-side I Should Have Kissed You they up the ante, firing on all cylinders as they deliver a gloriously up-tempo stormer of a track. Stabs of energetic guitar, dizzying shots of synthesiser and a chorus of positively euro-pop glory days proportions. It's like the Buggles Video Killed The Radio Star shot into the 21st century on the back of a rocket booster.

At once both echoing pure-pop of the past and standing as a stark move forward for the 1D boys from the quaintly innocent teen-romance musings of What Makes You Beautiful, the b-side shows there's proper potential in the boys yet.

I Should Have Kissed You - definitely the beginnings of something bigger and better for the band.

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