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Four years after going on indefinite hiatus, U.K. boy band One Direction saw its members embark on varied solo careers. Of the group's most recognizable faces, Zayn Malik and Harry Styles remained at the forefront, with the former setting up shop in the bedroom with his cool R&B seducers and the latter conquering the stage as a fearless, fluid rock god. Meanwhile, Niall Horan established himself in the indie folk realm, delivering earnest ditties with heart and little production fuss, and Liam Payne lost his way in an effort to become a hyper-horny pop star. So when Louis Tomlinson finally released his own solo effort, it was refreshing to see him carve his own path and remain true to his rock influences. On Walls, it's apparent that -- despite not having the same star power as Zayn and Harry -- Tomlinson was a crucial part of the One Direction songwriting equation. As wholesome and sweet as any of 1D's hit singles, the selections on his debut are pleasantly surprising, a straightforward collection of indie and Britpop-influenced singalongs from a maturing family man. A bit of Robbie Williams and a lot of the Gallagher brothers, Walls wears its influences on its sleeves, going as far as interpolating Oasis' "Acquiesce" on the rousing title track. Noel's signature harmonizing style further buffers the song and, later, Tomlinson does his best Liam impression with "Only the Brave." Elsewhere, the ghosts of One Direction past rise on the affirming "Don't Let It Break Your Heart" and "Perfect Now," a treacly companion to "What Makes You Beautiful." A sweet ode to his late mother -- who passed in 2016 from leukemia -- "Two of Us" is one of a handful of touching moments that add emotional heft to Walls that isn't found on his former bandmates' respective efforts. Therein lies one of the best and biggest differences amongst these solo paths: even if the songs on Walls aren't the most distinct or memorable, they come from a place of authenticity that's genuinely heartwarming and enjoyable. Like any other settled adult, Tomlinson is perfectly content to stick to the reliable, and Walls winds up being the most mature and natural of the ex-1D bunch. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

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1
Kill My Mind
00:03:40

Sean Hurley, Bass - Jamie Hartman, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocal - Blair Sinta, Drums - Dan Grech-Marguerat, Assistant Producer, Programmer, Mixing Engineer - Sean Douglas, Composer, Lyricist - Louis Tomlinson, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - John Foyle, Drums, Assistant Producer, Programmer, Synthesizer - Josh Tucker, Bass Guitar - Dale Becker, Mastering Engineer - Dan Kalisher, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Rob Bisel, Engineer - Nicholas Semrad, Keyboards

(P) 2019 78 PRODUCTIONS LIMITED under exclusive licence to Simco Limited / Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

2
Don't Let It Break Your Heart
00:03:24

Louis Tomlinson, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2020 78 PRODUCTIONS LIMITED under exclusive licence to Simco Limited / Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

3
Two of Us
00:03:37

Bryn Christopher, Composer, Lyricist - Duck Blackwell, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Piano - MARK STENT, Mixing Engineer - Dan Priddy, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer - Mark Crew, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Programmer - Andrew Jackson, Composer, Lyricist, Background Vocal - Louis Tomlinson, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Holmes, Assistant Engineer - Dale Becker, Mastering Engineer - Jack Duxbury, Electric Guitar

(P) 2019 78 PRODUCTIONS LIMITED under exclusive licence to Simco Limited / Sony Music Entertainment Limited

4
We Made It
00:03:21

Julian Bunetta, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Bass, Background Vocal - John Ryan, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Background Vocal - Dan Grech-Marguerat, Producer, Mixing Engineer - Louis Tomlinson, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Background Vocal - ADP, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Bass - Dale Becker, Mastering Engineer - Levi Lennox, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Jeff Gunnell, Engineer

(P) 2019 78 PRODUCTIONS LIMITED under exclusive licence to Simco Limited/Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

5
Too Young
00:03:49

Justin Franks, Composer, Lyricist, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Strings - Frank E, Producer - John Mitchell, Composer, Lyricist, Background Vocal - Matty Green, Mixing Engineer - Louis Tomlinson, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Lavigne, Composer, Lyricist - Dale Becker, Mastering Engineer - Danny Majic, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, Strings, Bass

(P) 2020 78 PRODUCTIONS LIMITED under exclusive licence to Simco Limited / Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

6
Walls
00:03:50

Dave Gibson, Composer, Lyricist - Noel Gallagher, Composer, Lyricist - Sean Hurley, Bass - Jamie Hartman, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Programmer, Synthesizer, Background Vocal - John Metcalfe, Performance Arranger - Blair Sinta, Drums - Dan Grech-Marguerat, Programmer, Mixing Engineer, Misc. Prod. - Louis Tomlinson, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Foyle, Drums, Guitar, Programmer, Synthesizer, Misc. Prod. - Jacob Manson, Composer, Lyricist - Dale Becker, Mastering Engineer - Dan Kalisher, Guitar - Rob Bisel, Engineer - Nicholas Semrad, Keyboards

(P) 2020 78 PRODUCTIONS LIMITED under exclusive licence to Simco Limited / Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

7
Habit
00:03:04

Wayne Hector, Composer, Lyricist - Steve Robson, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer - Karl Brazil, Drums - Sam Miller, Editor, Engineer - Iain James, Composer, Lyricist - Louis Tomlinson, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Foyle, Programmer, Mixing Engineer - Paul Sayer, Guitar - Dale Becker, Mastering Engineer - Alex Robinson, Editor, Engineer - Tom Longworth, Bass

(P) 2020 78 PRODUCTIONS LIMITED under exclusive licence to Simco Limited / Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

8
Always You
00:03:08

Jason Reeves, Composer, Lyricist - Ali Tamposi, Composer, Lyricist - BURNS, Producer - Louis Tomlinson, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Foyle, Drums, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Programmer, Mixing Engineer, Synthesizer, Misc. Prod. - Matthew Burns, Composer, Lyricist - Andrew Watt, Composer, Lyricist - Dale Becker, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2020 78 PRODUCTIONS LIMITED under exclusive licence to Simco Limited / Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

9
Fearless
00:03:05

Jamie Hartman, Composer, Lyricist, Vocal Producer, Vocal Engineer, Misc. Prod. - Tony Malm, Keyboards - Ed Drewett, Composer, Lyricist - Louis Tomlinson, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Foyle, Drums, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Programmer, Mixing Engineer, Synthesizer, Misc. Prod. - Yei, Composer, Lyricist - Dale Becker, Mastering Engineer - Yei Gonzalez, Producer - Julius Bogren, Guitar

(P) 2020 78 PRODUCTIONS LIMITED under exclusive licence to Simco Limited / Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

10
Perfect Now
00:03:07

Wayne Hector, Composer, Lyricist - Jamie Scott, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Guitar, Tambourine - Matty Green, Mixing Engineer - Johan Carlsson, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Mattias Bylund, Editor, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, Performance Arranger - Louis Tomlinson, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mattias Johansson, Violin - Dale Becker, Mastering Engineer - David Bukovinszky, Cello - Martin Hannah, Engineer

(P) 2020 78 PRODUCTIONS LIMITED under exclusive licence to Simco Limited / Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

11
Defenceless
00:03:44

Dan Grech-Marguerat, Programmer, Mixing Engineer, Misc. Prod. - Sean Douglas, Composer, Lyricist - Louis Tomlinson, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Foyle, Drums, Guitar, Programmer, Synthesizer, Misc. Prod. - Joe Janiak, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Engineer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Programmer, Background Vocal - Cameron Gower Poole, Vocal Producer - Dale Becker, Mastering Engineer - Carey Watkins, Drums

(P) 2020 78 PRODUCTIONS LIMITED under exclusive licence to Simco Limited / Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

12
Only the Brave
00:01:44

Duck Blackwell, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Engineer, Mixing Engineer, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Jackson, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Tomlinson, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dale Becker, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2020 78 PRODUCTIONS LIMITED under exclusive licence to Simco Limited / Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

Album Description

Four years after going on indefinite hiatus, U.K. boy band One Direction saw its members embark on varied solo careers. Of the group's most recognizable faces, Zayn Malik and Harry Styles remained at the forefront, with the former setting up shop in the bedroom with his cool R&B seducers and the latter conquering the stage as a fearless, fluid rock god. Meanwhile, Niall Horan established himself in the indie folk realm, delivering earnest ditties with heart and little production fuss, and Liam Payne lost his way in an effort to become a hyper-horny pop star. So when Louis Tomlinson finally released his own solo effort, it was refreshing to see him carve his own path and remain true to his rock influences. On Walls, it's apparent that -- despite not having the same star power as Zayn and Harry -- Tomlinson was a crucial part of the One Direction songwriting equation. As wholesome and sweet as any of 1D's hit singles, the selections on his debut are pleasantly surprising, a straightforward collection of indie and Britpop-influenced singalongs from a maturing family man. A bit of Robbie Williams and a lot of the Gallagher brothers, Walls wears its influences on its sleeves, going as far as interpolating Oasis' "Acquiesce" on the rousing title track. Noel's signature harmonizing style further buffers the song and, later, Tomlinson does his best Liam impression with "Only the Brave." Elsewhere, the ghosts of One Direction past rise on the affirming "Don't Let It Break Your Heart" and "Perfect Now," a treacly companion to "What Makes You Beautiful." A sweet ode to his late mother -- who passed in 2016 from leukemia -- "Two of Us" is one of a handful of touching moments that add emotional heft to Walls that isn't found on his former bandmates' respective efforts. Therein lies one of the best and biggest differences amongst these solo paths: even if the songs on Walls aren't the most distinct or memorable, they come from a place of authenticity that's genuinely heartwarming and enjoyable. Like any other settled adult, Tomlinson is perfectly content to stick to the reliable, and Walls winds up being the most mature and natural of the ex-1D bunch. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

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