Four [Deluxe]

Four [Deluxe]

by One Direction

CD(Special Edition)

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Overview

If it's November and you're a One Directioner it can only mean one thing...time for another album. Four is the band's fourth album in four years, each released just in time for optimal holiday-season gift-giving. It's their fourth well-crafted, packed-with-great-pop-songs album in a row. Despite rumors flying about possible collaborations with everyone from John Legend to Pharrell to Good Charlotte, the band mostly worked with the same production team from Midnight Memories (Julian Bunetta and John Ryan) to craft an album that sounds perfectly up to date, but also just different enough from the usual chart-fodder to sound distinctive. Though the group and its team generally do a fine job with ballads, the tracks on Four with a little more life in them are the standouts. "Girl Almighty" is an odd mixture of "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," Paul Simon, and Bollywood pop that doesn't sound like anything else on the charts, a couple tracks ("Stockholm Syndrome," "Fireproof") follow HAIM's lead and mix Fleetwood Mac-inspired vocal harmonies and sweetly slick '80s pop in a very pleasant way, and a handful more continue the group's odd but welcome fascination with '80s pop
ock, especially the very, very Journey-sounding "Steal My Girl." "Where Do Broken Hearts Go," too, feels like it time-traveled from the airwaves of an AOR station in 1984, where it was happily sandwiched between cuts by Bon Jovi and Bryan Adams. These tracks sound so good they can't help but overshadow the ballads that make up the rest of the record. It's becoming more clear with each record that in their current incarnation, the guys in One D are way better at the fun songs than they are at the ballads. The lads sound very convincing as carefree party boys or slightly melancholic crooners, and luckily on Four the scales are tipped heavily in favor of the kind of songs they do best, with the majority of them sounding like good-time hits that will go a long way toward warming up a cold November night. [A Deluxe Edition added four bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/17/2014
Label: Sony
UPC: 0888750232229
catalogNumber: 502322
Rank: 40692

Album Credits

Performance Credits

One Direction   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Peter Bunetta   Background Vocals
Steve Robson   Bass
Wayne Hector   Background Vocals
Julian Bunetta   Drums,Background Vocals,Musician
Jamie Scott   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Musician
Teddy Geiger   Background Vocals
Luke Potashnick   Guitar
Dennis Caplinger   Fiddle
Andrew Haas   Bass,Musician
Ed Drewett   Background Vocals
Damon Bunetta   Background Vocals
John Ryan   Guitar,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer,Musician
Niall Horan   Guitar
Ian Franzino   Background Vocals,Musician
Matt Rad   Guitar,Piano,Drums,Keyboards
Noah Livingston   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Maureen McDonald   Composer
Steve Robson   Producer
Wayne Hector   Composer
Ian Dowling   Engineer
Johan Carlsson   Composer
Julian Bunetta   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Jamie Scott   Composer,Producer
Oliver Frank   Composer
Teddy Geiger   Composer,Producer
Ruth-Anne Cunningham   Composer
Helene Horlyck   Vocal Coach
Sam Miller   Engineer,Vocal Producer,Additional Production
Andrew Haas   Engineer
Ed Drewett   Composer
Alex Oriet   Engineer,Additional Production
Ed Sheeran   Composer
John Ryan   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Ali Tamposi   Composer
Niall Horan   Composer
Louis Tomlinson   Composer
Liam Payne   Composer
Harry Styles   Composer
Zayn Malik   Composer
Scott "Pages" Mehner   Composer
Ben "Bengineer" Chang   Engineer,Vocal Producer
Ian Franzino   Producer,Engineer
Matt Rad   Programming,Producer,Additional Production
Sam Martin   Composer
Paro Westerlund   Programming,Producer
Afterhrs   Producer

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