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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

In his Better Homes & Gardens profile, Styles explained that he no longer thinks of a home in terms of physical space, so much as a "headspace or mental well-being."

"I realized that that home feeling isn't something that you get from a house; it's more of an internal thing," he said. "You realize that when you stop for a minute."

He remembers the one(s) who got away

Not all of the love songs on "Harry's House" have buoyant hooks and happy endings. And really, would it even be a Harry Styles album without a couple of sad-boy ballads mourning relationships that, for whatever reason, didn't quite work out?

In "Little Freak," for instance, Styles is "just thinking about" someone he "disrespected" and lost after he "jumped in feet first and ... landed too hard."

"You never saw my birthmark," he laments on the wistful track.

The 13th and final song on the record, "Love Of My Life," is addressed to a soulmate the singer had no choice but to abandon, citing incompatible "coordinates."

"Baby, you were the love of my life," Styles sings. "Maybe you don't know it's lost 'til you find it/ It's not what I wanted/ To leave you behind."

 

While speaking with Better Homes & Gardens, Styles opened up about his flawed relationship history, conceding that, "Whether it was with friends or people I was dating, I was always gone before it got to the point of having to have any difficult conversations."

Styles is truly flying solo

Like his last two studio efforts, "Harry's House" features only Styles — meaning no guest artists are listed on the track list.

However, a full breakdown of song credits does reveal a couple of notable cameos. The adorable intro to the album's lead single, "As It Was," is a repurposed voice memo from Styles' young goddaughter Ruby Winston. (She is the child of Meredith Winston and Ben Winston, who was a producer on the 2013 documentary "One Direction: This Is Us.")

Additionally, John Mayer is credited as an electric guitarist on two songs: "Cinema" and "Daydreaming," which also uses a sample from the 1978 Brothers Johnson tune "Ain't We Funkin' Now." The more you know.

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