If you come to the first track of Louis Tomlinson’s debut album as a solo artist with no prior knowledge of the singer, his affection for Oasis sounds much more potent than his history as a member of One Direction.
Noel Gallagher once asked, “Does anybody give fuck about what any of these current pop stars are up to? Who gives a shit what fucking One Direction do?” It’s unclear quite how this Gallagher-inspired (and approved, apparently, since Noel agreed to share a co-writing on the ‘Acquiesce’-aping title track) record responds to that query, but Tomlinson doesn’t seem to hold a grudge.
He was always the quiet one in the band, looking the part and playing it adequately, but standing a couple of steps back while Harry or Liam belted out the high notes and led the singalongs. Tomlinson didn’t want One Direction to split up, and is the last of the five boys to release his first solo record.
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