One Direction’s Latest Worth Staying Up All Night

Colleen OBrien, Staff Writer

Like most teenage girls worldwide, I am a hard-core “Directioner.” So when I found out that One Direction’s debut album, Up All Night, was set to be released in the United States on March 13, I was ecstatic. I bought the deluxe version the very night it came out and I have been listening to it on repeat ever since.

Junior Sophie Seiberth felt the same way. When she first got the album, Seiberth said she “cried a lot that day. It was amazing and beautiful.”

Harry, Louis, Zayn, Niall, and, my personal favorite, Liam, have earned a large place in the hearts of American adolescents, not only for their good looks (although that is a large part of it) but for their pure vocal talent. Simon Cowell’s approval on the X-Factor doesn’t come easily.

Their singing is flawless and genuine, not annoyingly fake and auto-tuned like some other pop icons I could mention. Their album shows off the range of their voices, featuring a perfect combination of fast, catchy, dance songs and slow, emotional ballads.

Even though I may have my favorites, there is not a single song on the album that I do not absolutely love. Seiberth agreed, saying that “there is not one song that is less than miraculous.”

My favorite track changes every other day, but at the moment it would have to be “Moments.” This compostition, written by fellow British artist Ed Sheeran, is about a boy who ultimately kills himself after his girlfriend dies because he cannot live without her. That song is so emotional and so well-done, every time I hear it, it makes me want to cry.

Not only are these five boys amazing performers, but they are also incredibly inspirational people as well. Through their music, especially their Brit Award-winning single, “What Makes You Beautiful,” they strive to spread the message to all their fans that they are indeed beautiful, despite whatever insecurities they may be dealing with.

For example, one story describes Niall, upon seeing the scars on one fan’s wrists from cutting herself, grabbing her wrists and kissing them as he told her, “Please stop, I love you.”

As Seiberth aptly put it, “They just make me insanely happy and I just want to cry every minute that I think about them.”

Up All Night is one of the best albums on my iPod and the best use of an iTunes gift card I’ve ever made. So if you haven’t already, go home and buy it today. I guarantee it will exceed your expectations.