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  • Summary: The second full-length solo release for the One Direction member features production from Jeff Bhasker, Tyler Johnson, Kid Harpoon, and Sammy Witte.
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Treat People With Kindness
Maybe, we can find a place to feel good And we can treat people with kindness Find a place to feel good I've got a good feeling I'm just takin' it... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Dec 17, 2019
    83
    Fine Line proves that the musician has absorbed the best lesson passed down by California’s great musicians: Don’t be afraid to take chances within a folk- or pop-rock framework, as that’s how you create iconoclastic music that endures.
  2. Dec 13, 2019
    80
    Fine Line is proof that Harry Styles has grown as an artist since his solo debut. He hasn't reached his full potential, but he's certainly well on his way.
  3. 80
    For the most part, though, Styles’ second album is a total joy. It’s an elegant combination of the ex-boybander’s influences, slick modern pop and his own roguish charm.
  4. Dec 16, 2019
    80
    Fine Line is very much a document of a 25-year-old deep in the process of figuring out not just what kind of musician he wants to be, but what kind of person. The path from cookie-cutter boy-band member to bona fide rock star is one fraught with a lot to prove both personally and publically, and yet it’s one Styles seems to be navigating with an eagerness to learn, to experience and to experiment.
  5. 75
    Fine Line is a solid, playful pop album, but that matters less than its status as a source of uncomplicated comfort and affirmation. When everything feels hopeless, pop music feels frivolous, but there’s joy in frivolity, and deep meaning in joy.
  6. 67
    Styles is a more confident and precise songwriter on Fine Line than on his debut, even if the progress is incremental rather than exponential.
  7. Dec 13, 2019
    60
    The actual sound of Fine Line is incredible, and most songs have at least one great moment to grab hold of. ... While the music wades into the mystic, his songwriting, pointedly, does not. ... Styles doesn’t have the imagination of Bowie or another pop-rock touchpoint here, Fleetwood Mac, who took their lives and transfigured them through cosmic fantasia or Victorian grandeur.

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  1. Negative: 28 out of 856
  1. Dec 24, 2019
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A timeless album, truly one of the best. The hype it is getting is completely worth it. Harry Styles is going to be the Prince, the Elton, the Queen, Pink Floyd and Beatles of our generation. Anyone rating a low score is just bitter Styles is COMING for their faves. A wonderful work of art perfectly describing love and falling out of it, and the road to self discovery. Expand
  2. Dec 15, 2019
    10
    Literally cant stop listening to it, it only gets better with every listen. Every song holds its own but all come together to make aLiterally cant stop listening to it, it only gets better with every listen. Every song holds its own but all come together to make a spectacular album. The man really outdid himself the second time around. Expand
  3. Dec 13, 2019
    10
    I'm glad he let his music evolve into something different from his debut album but still able to make it a great follow up. Fine Line got soI'm glad he let his music evolve into something different from his debut album but still able to make it a great follow up. Fine Line got so much more emotions and feelings to it. There's variety of vocals styling he used here, and the production is amazing. Love this one even more than his debut album. Expand
  4. Dec 24, 2019
    10
    Definitely the best album of this year! Harry Styles amazed me with this one! I can't decide which track is my favorite because they are allDefinitely the best album of this year! Harry Styles amazed me with this one! I can't decide which track is my favorite because they are all incredibly amazing. This is what I was waiting for. Fine line deserves a Grammy Expand
  5. Dec 26, 2019
    10
    This album is AMAZING! Me and me friend listened to it together and we were speechless for minutes after listening to it! It's truly anThis album is AMAZING! Me and me friend listened to it together and we were speechless for minutes after listening to it! It's truly an amazing experience! All of the songs sound so different while still managing to sound similar like the album works! The more you listen to it the better it gets! There are som serious the Beatles vibes especially "she"! I totally recommend this to anyone, I think that people who are used to many kinds music will truly enjoy this album! Expand
  6. Dec 13, 2019
    10
    Harry Styles proves he is the bold singer from the former boy band, One Direction. His self titled debut album was something great, he hasHarry Styles proves he is the bold singer from the former boy band, One Direction. His self titled debut album was something great, he has grown even more as a singer and songwriter. On Fine Line, Harry Styles puts out his best material to date. The songwriting is some of the best of the year and a few song are honestly some of the best songs of 2019. Some slight electric dance sounds mixed with rock influenced production. From the opening song, “Cherry” to the closing track, “Fine Line”, there are no weak moments on the album. Even “Treat People With Kindness” is a really strong track even though it’s probably the weakest song on the entire album. There is zero filler anywhere. Not one moment of boredom. Harry’s vocals have got gotten more versatile and interesting. His gorgeous voice mixed with his catchy hooks keep carrying the project over and over. There is no question that this is his best album. A strongly incredible and beautiful album. The absolute best male pop record of 2019 that deserves many awards when it becomes eligible in 2021. A strong 10. Expand
  7. Jan 9, 2020
    0
    they gave this album good reviews just because it’s a good looking white body who was in one direction. it’s not a good album at all.

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