Harry Styles‘ debut self-titled album is officially out — and we have a lot of questions.
Interviews leading up to the release of Harry Styles teased just enough to make us very, very curious about the One Direction singer’s solo effort. We have a lot more listens to go before we have all — or at least more — of the answers, but in the meantime, here is what we’ve deduced.
Any nods to Taylor Swift?
When Apple Music released the first teaser trailer for Styles’s Behind the Album documentary, fans did their due diligence and combed the video for clues. Naturally, this included zooming in on the lyrics to “Two Ghosts,” which some theorized is about Taylor Swift. (Key lyrics: “Same lips red, same eyes blue / Same white shirt, couple more tattoos.”)
Harry addressed the rumors while chatting with BBC Radio 1, saying, “I think it’s pretty self-explanatory … I think it’s about, sometimes things change and you can do all the same things and sometimes it’s just different. You know?”
So there you have it … ish.
And what’s this about the color pink?
Pink was a working title of the album, not to mention that it’s the color of the water in the artwork and the color of that suit he wore on the Today show. In his Rolling Stone feature, he quoted The Clash’s Paul Simonon, saying “Pink is the only true rock & roll colour.” However, as the word “pink” is absent from the album’s lyrics, it looks like its significance begins and ends with Styles’s classic rock influences.
How did Nicholas Sparks inspire him?
While working on his album in Jamaica, Harry got super into watching Nicholas Sparks movies. (I mean, same.) He even referred to the author as “Nicky Spee.” Sadly, at no point does Harry belt “If you’re a bird, I’m a bird” — but at the beginning of “Woman,” we are treated to someone saying, “Should we just search ‘romantic comedies’ on Netflix then and see what we find?”
What did we learn about that central relationship?
In his Rolling Stone feature, Harry discussed a significant relationship (which the magazine suspects might be his rumored former romance with Kendall Jenner.) “She’s a huge part of the album,” Harry said of the mystery woman. “Sometimes you want to tip the hat, and sometimes you just want to give them the whole cap … and hope they know it’s just for them.”
As for lyrical clues, Harry keeps things pretty vague (sigh). For those looking to overanalyze lyrics, we recommend starting with post-heartbreak tracks like “Woman” and “From the Dining Table.”
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Is your fave Harry Styles song the same as Harry’s dad’s?
If your preferred track is “Carolina,” then the answer is yes.
Most importantly: Which song has that duck noise?
While speaking with BBC Radio 1, Harry recalled: “I played it to [his mother and step-father] the first time and there’s one song on the album where there’s a bit with a vocal effect on it. The whole album finished then my stepdad said: ‘I’ve one question, where did you get the duck from, how did you get a duck in the studio?’ I was like: ‘That was me, thanks.’ ”
After a close listen to the album, we determined that the song is likely “Woman” (that sound on the verses, right?) That said, we love all aspects of Harry’s voice, duck-like or otherwise.
Any lingering questions?
I mean, so many. Most importantly: Who is the woman who goes home to a cactus in “Kiwi”?