Are you ready to crawl inside Zayn Malik’s mind? He just dropped his hot new album, ‘Mind Of Mine,’ and it’s better than you ever could have imagined. Check out our REVIEW!
Zayn Malik, 23, is finally telling his side of the story, especially when it comes to his longterm relationship (and unfortunate breakup) from Little Mix‘s Perrie Edwards, 22. With his solo debut album, Zayn gets into the nitty gritty details of how he loved, lost, and then, somehow, found his own voice which he is now using to dominate the music scene.
When it comes to Zayn’s Mind Of Mine, I have to admit I don’t even know where to begin. The album is so many things… from a beautiful, heartbreaking tale about a broken relationship, to Zayn’s departure from One Direction, to a handful of jams you just want to bounce to during a chill night out with friends. The music is fantastic, but the album itself is a lyrical masterpiece. To hear more about One Direction, head over to iTunes and download the latest HollywoodLife podcast for free!
I suppose I’ll start with the sexy tracks, because who doesn’t love a song that puts you in the mood to love? The absolute sexiest track on Mind Of Mine, hands down, is “wRoNg” which features Kehlani. The beat comes in slow as Zayn sings, “I’ll get her wetter than ever,” and then follows with, “she likes when I’m messy.” When the chorus kicks in a deep bass-y beat follows, but the track slows down again for each verse. It’s incredible and it will definitely having you texting your ex in the middle of the night.
Another incredibly sexy song is “dRuNk,” in which Zayn sings about “late nights, red eyes” and being “intoxicated” by someone special.
As for the songs about heartache, there are plenty… but the most painful one is “fOoL fOr YoU.” For the record, I mean painful as a compliment — Zayn’s agony oozes out of the music and lyrics, flowing right into your heart via your ears. “This love is tainted, I need you and I hate it,” he sings, which anyone who has ever been in a complicated relationship can relate to. The lyrics are backed by nothing but a piano until the chorus kicks in, and Zayn belts out some of those gorgeous high notes that made Directioners scream until their voices lapsed during live shows.
But, the heartache continues on tracks like”BLUE,” “rEaR vIeW” and “iT’s YoU,” which Zayn has already admitted was about Perrie. There’s also “tRuTh,” which has an upbeat feel, but if you listen closely it sounds like Zayn is telling someone to own up to their mistakes. “I won’t point any fingers, I won’t say it was you,” he sings as the introduction to the chorus.
Now, for those bops I mentioned! Most fans have already heard “BeFoUr,” an anthem for the haters, but Zayn keeps the party going with “sHe,” “BoRdErZ,” “LIKE I WOULD,” and “BRIGHT.” Another total jam is “lUcoZadE,” which makes total sense because the name refers to a type of energy drink. But, despite it’s exciting sound, the lyrics tell a different tale. “You’re the bad guy in this movie,” Zayn sings in one line, later followed by, “The only solution is making sh-t confusing.” Hmm.
A sexy upbeat jam can be found in “TiO,” which is later revealed to be short for “take it off.” With a heavy drum in the background, Zayn tells a lover to strip down for him. “I just can’t wait to see it all, I’m so turned on,” he croons to one very, very lucky lady. This could be his ode to Gigi Hadid, though that would mean it was a track added to the album later than the rest.
Zayn also uses one song in particular to confess to some of his own sins, which we can only assume occurred during his Perrie days. In “SHE DON’T LOVE ME,” which is upbeat considering it’s lyrics, he sings, “I think I know she don’t love me, that’s why I fuck around.” Sick burn, Zayn.
There’s also an intro, “MiNd Of MiNdd,” in which Zayn welcomes listeners to step right inside his head to hear his truths. Plus, the intermission, “fLoWer,” allows fans an intimate look at a side Zayn has never been shy about: his heritage. He sings in Urdu, which for those of you who don’t know is a form of Hindustani language, and the lyrics translate to: “Until the flower of this love has blossomed, this heart won’t be at peace.”
That’s pretty deep, but it’s symbolic that the song is placed in the middle of the album, as if he realized this halfway through his journey. Overall, Zayn’s album is just the beginning of a very long, lucrative solo career for the former boy-bander.
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — What do YOU think of Zayn’s new album? Which song is your fave? Comment below with your thoughts!