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One Direction’s Horan Releases New Solo Album

By Chidirim Ndeche with Agency Report 16 September 2017   |   10:13 am

Niall Horan, a member of the English-Irish pop boy band One Direction, on Friday released a soft breakup ballad with echoes of the heartthrob boy band as he announced his debut solo album.

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 20: Recording artist Niall Horan attends the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Horan announced on social media that his album “Flicker” will come out on October 20 followed by a tour in 2018 of the United States and Canada.

The 24-year-old Irish singer marked the announcement by releasing a track off the album entitled “Too Much to Ask,” a piano-led ballad in which Horan, his voice turning soulful, mourns the end of a relationship.

The song is produced by Greg Kurstin, the increasingly in-demand musician best known for co-writing Adele’s smash hit “Hello.”

Kurstin also worked with Horan on the first track off “Flicker,” the acoustic guitar ballad “This Town.”

Horan’s soft touch is more consistent with One Direction than the solo music of his two most successful bandmates.

Zayn Malik cast away One Direction’s squeaky-clean image to go for a sensual, urban vibe, while Harry Styles surprised critics with an album that sounded influenced by 1970s David Bowie.

One Direction, formed when the five young men auditioned for the British reality show “The X Factor,” turned into one of the best-selling bands of the decade, packing arenas worldwide with screaming teenage girls.

The band went on an indefinite hiatus after an album at the end of 2015 while stopping short of calling it quits.

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