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Harry Styles is definitely in love -- and other takeaways from his bop-heavy new album

Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

Would you believe it? After a three-year drought, Harry Styles' third solo record, "Harry's House," is almost here, just in time for summer.

The highly anticipated follow-up to the pop musician's Grammy-nominated sophomore album, "Fine Line," is set to arrive at midnight ET Friday. And to all the fans who simply cannot wait a few more days to inject more Styles content directly into their veins — we see you, and we've got you.

After listening to the singer's latest studio album early and on repeat (for science), we can confirm that "Harry's House" is chock-full of summertime bops, jubilant horn sections and lyrical nods to L.A. — as well as what appears to be a sonic love letter to "Don't Worry Darling" director Olivia Wilde, whom Styles is rumored to be dating.

Last month, the former One Direction heartthrob told Better Homes & Gardens he was initially hesitant to make "fun music" on his own because he wanted to be "taken seriously" as a solo artist. Three solo albums in, that pressure has dissipated — as evidenced by "Harry's House," which is nothing if not unapologetically fun.

"Finally, it doesn't feel like my life is over if this album isn't a commercial success," Styles told the magazine.

"I just want to make stuff that is right, that is fun, in terms of the process, that I can be proud of for a long time, that my friends can be proud of, that my family can be proud of, that my kids will be proud of one day."

 

For good reason, this writer is not a Harry Styles critic, so be sure to look out for the The Times' official review of "Harry's House" closer to the album's release. Until then, here are some key takeaways to get you through the week.

Harry is in love

And he doesn't care who knows it. By our calculations, at least eight of the 13 songs on "Harry's House" are about being madly enamored with someone else.

In the exuberant opening track, "Music for a Sushi Restaurant," Styles literally shouts into the void, "It's cause I love you, babe/ In every kind of way/ Just a little taste/ You know I love you, baby," setting a romantic tone for the rest of the album.

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