In a world where people like Harvey Weinstein are dominating headlines, it’s no surprise that we’ve become accustomed to typically misogynist songs by male artists. In these lyrics, women are depicted as objects of desire created for men—but not in Niall Horan’s music.
Niall, whose debut solo album ‘Flicker’ dropped on October 20, is used to a fandom made up of mainly girls (many now women), having gained fame through his six years in One Direction. And he isn’t about to forsake them with objectifying lyrics.
With 13 tracks on the deluxe edition, ‘Flicker’ features not one but four songs about strong female love interests. In fact, it probably isn’t going too far to suggest that all the tracks feature this type of love interest, actually. In ‘On The Loose’, Niall sings of an attention-loving woman whose confidence could take down any man; in ‘Fire Away’, she’s independent and guarded to the point that he reasons, “Even if I don’t understand/You can talk to me.”
‘Mirrors’ even acknowledges how exhausting the daily fight of just being female can be (“She wants to fight/Her eyes are tired, no one’s on her side”); the woman in ‘Since We’re Alone’ sounds so jaded from a previous relationship that she won’t let her true self out around guys anymore—sounds pretty real, right?
In almost all of the songs on the album (aside from ‘On My Own’ where he declares, “Everybody’s got somebody/I just want to be alone”), Niall comes across as the impossible-to-find, unicorn-of-the-dating-scene, truly nice guy. The guy who just wants to take care of you and encourages you to let your guard down; the guy who breaks through your walls by being unwaveringly kind. Not the guy who thinks being nice to you once means he gets to sleep with you. As someone who’s kept his relationships firmly out of the public eye, with only whispers and guesses alive in the gossip columns, it’s not hard to believe that the way Niall writes about women is the way he treats them in real life, too.
“At the end of the road/I can see you and me,” he sings in ‘You And Me’. Again in ‘Fire Away’, he promises that independent woman, “Darling you don’t have to hold it/You don’t have to be afraid.”
‘Flicker’ is available now on iTunes.
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