One Direction, the teen boyband that came from 2010’s X Factor have premiered their first ever single, What Makes You Beautiful, through Youtube. The song has felt like a pleasant surprise for a few reasons: in a world where the teen audience belongs nearly solely to Justin Bieber (and Selena Gomez), it would have been really easy to adhere to his or her sound, yet One Direction’s sound is far from it, leaning against electric guitars to make the single more pop-rock. It is also a fresh sound, which works for the season of the year we are in and the lyrics are pretty simple but they work considering the target audience the single is aimed at.
In short, What Makes You Beautiful sound a bit like P!nk’s Raise Your Glass and there’s also a bit of Katy Perry thrown in there but it is a catchy song that manages to sound a bit different from what was perhaps expected, yet still commercial and surely destined to be popular.
Listen to it below: