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Review: One Direction's 'Up All Night' Is Our New Addiction — 4 Out Of 5 Stars

Fri, March 16, 2012 5:06pm EDT by 10 Comments

‘Up All Night’ proves that, not only are boy bands back, but they’re on the verge of a renaissance — and One Direction is leading the pack.

Not since the golden age of boy bands in the mid-’90s has a group emerged to convince me that the classic formula can still work — that is, until One Direction entered the picture. The British-Irish fivesome’s debut album, Up All Night, is already burning up the U.S. charts, and is it any wonder why?

With catchy melodies, thoughtful lyrics, and more energy than a thousand Justin Bieber fans in a tiny box, Up All Night feels like summer and Christmas and my birthday all rolled into one. In short, it just makes us happy.

It goes without saying that “What Makes You Beautiful” is one of the best songs on the album — and we’re pretty sure we can find 70 million+ YouTube users who would agree with that — but it’s far from the only sure-fire hit. We’re obsessed with “Stole My Heart,” “Moments,” and “One Thing,” all of which make us want to ditch our desks for a dance floor.

We also love “I Want,” which is a funky departure from the boys’ typical electronic flare. It proves the members of One Direction — Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and Zayn Malik — aren’t afraid to take risks, and that’s always great.

More than anything, we actually believe what One Direction is selling. Whether they wrote their music or not, we feel like they have a really genuine quality about them, and we dig that. We’re not sure, geographically speaking, where this “one direction” leads, but we’re more than happy to be along for the ride.

What’s YOUR favorite song on ‘Up All Night,’ HollywoodLifers?