Harry’s House: Review of Harry Styles’ New Album (Pop at Palmetto)

Jasmine Judge, Design Editor

Five years ago, shortly after leaving popular boy band “One Direction” a mere 18 months before, singer-songwriter Harry Styles released his first solo album, the self-titled “Harry Styles.” Styles dazzled fans with sonically diverse songs such as the folksy “Sweet Creature” to the more rock-esque “Kiwi.”

In 2019, Styles released his second solo album in which listeners could tell he found his true indie-pop sound. The album, “Fine Line,” exploded in popularity, with singles like “Watermelon Sugar” and “Adore You” constantly playing on the radio.

Now, almost three years later, Styles released his highly anticipated third studio album entitled “Harry’s House.” Complete with 13 tracks, “Harry’s House” was nothing like what fans expected. Here are my top six favorite songs on the album:

Late Night Talking:

Compared to the other tracks on his album, Styles experiments with a more upbeat and funky sound in “Late Night Talking.” In this song, he explains the feeling of his partner slipping away. Styles shows his desire for consistency but willingness to change anything for his partner through the lyrics: “I’ve never been a fan of change / But I’d follow you to any place,” He enjoys late-night talks with his partner and wishes for their relationship to stay the same, but knows that this might be out of his control. 


A recurring theme of Styles’ albums is songs titled after fruits, as seen in his songs “Cherry,” “Kiwi” and “Watermelon Sugar.” What these songs all have in common is that they are each about romance, and “Grapejuice” follows this trend. The lyrics “There’s just no getting through / Without you,” show how Styles feels that he cannot live without his loved one. This song starts out sounding a bit edgier than the rest, with the incorporation of the piano, but the chorus displays the same signature indie-pop sound that Styles’ has mastered.


“Matilda” is where Styles returns to a more folksy sound like that of “Sweet Creature” and “Two Ghosts” while still adhering somewhat to the other harmonious songs on the album. While many of the songs on this album are fast and cheery like “As it Was” and “Music for a Sushi Restaurant,” “Matilda” slows down the beat and emphasizes the acoustic guitar. 

As It Was:

The lead single that Styles released after announcing the album, “As It Was” set the stage for fans’ expectations for the entire album. While an extremely upbeat song, “As It Was” addresses feelings of sadness and poor mental health with the lyrics “Harry you’re no good alone / Why are you sitting at home on the floor / What kind of pills are you on?” This song encapsulates serious emotions about the struggles of fame while still being an easy listen and an undeniably catchy song.

Keep Driving:

“Keep Driving” follows the theme of the album with a more upbeat and symphonic sound. The lyrics “Passports in foot wells / Kiss her and don’t tells,” prove this song to be yet another love song. However, the title “Keep Driving” and the song’s talk of Styles’ various adventures gives listeners the impression that they are perhaps on a tour. All in all, this song perfectly evokes summer and freedom.