How Harry Styles is elevating old boy band themes on 'Harry's House'

'Pop Culture Happy Hour' takes on Styles' 3rd album
Harry Styles
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By now we should all know, Harry Styles recently released his third solo album, Harry's House. An album filled with breezy, unfailingly pleasant love songs that has already skyrocketed to the No. 1 spot on the charts. Naturally, since we’re ALL obsessed, Harry Styles is the perfect topic of discussion for Pop Culture Happy Hour. Listen as Stephen Thompson, joined my NPR contributor Cyrena Touros and music critic and journalist Maria Sherman, talk all things Harry.

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After a brief overview of his start on X-Factor, that led to the formation and overnight success of One Direction, to Harry’s equally successful solo music career and foray in other ventures, the trio goes on to have a full on discussion about his latest project — Harry’s House. Calling it everything from “very different,” and “complicated and nuanced,” to “whimsical and joyful,” noting he’s never sounded happier.

Pinpointing Harry’s use of vocabulary and how he continuously finds different ways to say “sexy lady,” Stephen shared his thoughts about what he described as a “savvily concocted record.”

“You loved One Direction, and now you’re thirty, so here’s a rosé wave baby,” Stephen quipped. “It’s this very light frothy kind of summertime concoction, with these kind of updated boy band themes. A lot of — I’m intensely devoted to you… telling the audience what it wants to hear, but doing it in this kind of stylish, elevated way.”

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Get obsessed, five days a week —the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast serves you recommendations and commentary on the buzziest movies, TV, music, books, video games and more. Join arts journalists Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Aisha Harris - plus a rotating cast of guest pop culture aficionados. The Happy Hour team leaves room at the table for exploring a range of reactions and opinions on every bit of the pop universe. From lowbrow to highbrow to the stuff in between, they take it all with a shot of cheer. Make your happy hour even happier with Pop Culture Happy Hour.

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