CD REVIEW: One Direction – Take Me Home

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AH, The X Factor; specialising in Christmas number ones and then cruise ships and corporate gigs since 2004.

Unfortunately, there are exceptions to that rule, however, and record sales on both sides of the Atlantic suggest 2010 finalists One Direction are one step from world domination. Be afraid.

There’s nothing here to match the teen-pop perfection of What Makes You Beautiful, but there’s plenty in that vein.

First love, first kisses and first heartbreak are the subject matter for songs like They Don’t Know About Us and Kiss You, although such innocent sentiments would be all the more believable if one band member didn’t date thirty-somethings

Musically, there’s more substance than most boyband fare, making it perfectly passable, if you like that sort of thing.

Apparently millions worldwide do.

Richard Lewis