enters the Billboard chart this week at #1

allmusic gives it a 2.4 of 3.0
Spotify online listen
not near as bad as I expected
a few good tracks on here
guess I'm a boy band fan

Bio - from allmusic

Following the success of JLS and the Wanted, X Factor contestants One Direction were the next group of heartthrobs to help revive the previously
dying concept of the boy band. Niall Horan from Mullingar, Ireland; Zayn Malik from Bradford; Harry Styles from Cheshire; Louis Tomlinson from
Doncaster, and Liam Payne from Wolverhampton (the latter had previously reached the judge's house stages of The X Factor as a 14-year-old back
in 2008) originally entered the 2010 seventh series of the talent show as individuals, but following a suggestion from guest judge Nicole
Scherzinger, they were grouped together to become One Direction. Mentored by Simon Cowell, they soon became one of the favorites to win the
show, thanks to renditions of Kelly Clarkson's "My Life Would Suck Without You," Elton John's "Something About the Way You Look Tonight," and
Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart." However, despite receiving a standing ovation for their duet with Robbie Williams ("She's the One")
in the live final, they eventually finished third behind Rebecca Ferguson and winner Matt Cardle.

Spotting the potential of five Justin Bieber-esque teen pinups, Cowell signed them to his Syco label in a 2million deal, and after performing
on the X Factor tour, the quintet began work on their debut album with Savan Kotecha (Britney Spears, Enrique Iglesias). Following a sponsorship
deal with Nintendo DS and a book, Forever Young, named after their cover of the Alphaville classic that was intended to be their winner's song,
they released their first single, "What Makes You Beautiful," in late 2011. The full-length album Up All Night followed soon after. In 2012, One
Direction became the first British band to debut on top of the Billboard 200 list when Up All Night sold over 176,000 copies during its first
week of release in America. In late 2012, One Direction released their sophomore album, Take Me Home. Highlighting more of the band's melodic
pop, Take Me Home featured songs and production via Sweden's Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub, and Savan Kotecha, who worked on Up All Night, as well as contributions from singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran. The album proved to be another smash and topped charts around the world, as did the singles
"Live While We're Young" and "Little Things."

One Direction then embarked on a globe-spanning tour in which the band played over 100 shows, including six sold-out nights at London's very
large O2 Arena. At the same time they were being filmed by director Morgan Spurlock for This Is Us, a mix of documentary and concert footage
that proved to be successful at the box office when it was released in August of 2013. While they were touring, One Direction also began work on
their third album, Midnight Memories. Released just in time for the 2013 holidays, the record featured songwriting input from all the guys, a
new production team, and some new folk and '80s hair metal influences.

Album Review - from allmusic

After conquering the pop world over a three-year span with their many hit singles, two chart-topping albums, a box office smash concert film,
and sold-out arena tours, it would be understandable if the lads of One Direction took some time off to regroup and pursue other things like
having lives, taking film roles, or embarking on solo projects. They did nothing of the sort, and their third album in three years, Midnight
Memories, rolled off the production line right on time for the holidays. Anyone expecting there to be any kind of drop in quality, or early
warnings that the group had begun their inevitable decline, will be happily surprised that not only does the album satisfy the established quota
of thrilling modern pop tracks and uplifting ballads, but also introduces some interesting new directions: one direction that makes sense in the
music landscape of 2013, and one that comes out of nowhere. In that first category are the songs, like "Through the Dark" and "Something Great"
that sound heavily influenced by the inescapably popular upbeat, acoustic guitar-driven folk-pop of the Lumineers and Mumford & Sons. Even
though their cleaned-up take sounds a little on the slick side, the group deliver the lyrics with a clear-voiced enthusiasm that is infectious
and helps them go down smoothly. The direction that's a bit of a shock comes to the fore on songs like the title track and "Little Black Dress."
With their distorted power chords, tightly wound rhythms, and punchy vocals, they sound like an uncanny mashup of Rick Springfield circa
"Jessie's Girl and "Pour Some Sugar on Me"-era Def Leppard. It's a fun left turn that works really well, as the guys' voices are surprisingly
sassy and show off some spunky rock & roll attitude. These stylistic diversions show two paths the band could take in the future if they decide
to evolve and discard their pop sound entirely. Not that their sound doesn't work here, as there are plenty of tracks that will undoubtedly show
up (alongside the title track) on their Greatest Hits collection. "Best Song Ever" is a buoyant, instantly catchy radio hit that may not be the
best song ever, but it may be theirs, the dramatic "Diana" adds a little bit of adult feeling into the mix, and the cinematically swoony ballad
"You & I" shows that the group have a sure-handed way with a big ballad and can tap into some real emotion. Not many acts have blown up as much as One Direction have in such a short time and managed to stay on track; even fewer have tried to grow musically, even a little bit. One
Direction and the team have done exactly that here, and when the album ends and the various styles, songs, and moods are added up, Midnight
Memories ends up as another satisfying album that does everything a One D album should do and then some.

aw come on, it's a good song:

Track Listing

1. Best Song Ever
2. Story of My Life
3. Diana
4. Midnight Memories
5. You & I
6. Don't Forget Where You Belong
7. Strong
8. Happily
9. Right Now
10. Little Black Dress
11. Through the Dark
12. Something Great
13. Little White Lies
14. Better Than Words