One Direction Perfect Single Announcement And Made In The AM Tracklist Spark Frenzied Analysis

One Direction will release their new album Made in the AM in just over a month. Last night, just before the group performed the Birmingham stop of their On The Road Again Tour, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Niall Horan took to Snapchat to announce the tracklist from the coming album (two of the tracks, “Infinity” and “Drag Me Down,” have already been released).

Perhaps most strikingly, Harry Styles, who has reportedly long been pushing for the group to move to a rockier sound (with Niall Horan countering that this would alienate One Direction’s pop fan base), announced four of the new track names with a nod to songwriting legend Bob Dylan (one that will probably go over the heads of most of 1D’s young fans).

The full tracklist and some of the album art are now doing the rounds on Twitter. This official list comes on the heels of a few fake lists that have been doing the rounds on Twitter (including one with a track called “I’m In Love With A Guy”).

Overall, the official tracklist for Made In The AM by One Direction has a definite flavour of finality, surrender, and leave-taking that may depress some fans. Names like “End of the Day” and “Love You Goodbye” hint at a group reaching the end of a distinct phase of their career (though One Direction members have repeatedly reassured fans that their hiatus next year will truly be “only a break” and they will be back as a four-piece). The back-to-back inclusion of songs titled “If I Could Fly”and “Long Way Down” seems to negate, or contradict, the victorious, lighter-than-air sentiment of Made In The AM‘s first single, “Drag Me Down,” (in which the four-piece sang that “nobody can drag me down,” and Harry Styles closed the track with a series of rapt arpeggio high notes that seemed to cascade down like a waterfall, suggesting that the only “dragging down” the boys will be doing will be vocally, when they show off their chops on new projects).

To be fair, the track “Love You Goodbye” may simply be a song celebrating a one night stand or fling — there is a love ’em and leave ’em spirit to that title (I won’t love you forever but I’ll love you goodbye, girl!) that suggests it may perhaps be the more “sexually charged” One Direction track insiders have hinted will be included on the new album. Also significant is the fact that the title of “Love You Goodbye” was announced on Snapchat by Louis Tomlinson, who is responsible for writing the most sexual track on previous album Four (“No Control”, which included the line “waking up beside you I’m a loaded gun” and spawned its own support campaign — The No Control Project — and a fan-made music video).

Fans on Twitter have observed a pattern of the boys announcing tracks they previously revealed to be their favourites. Liam Payne, who revealed last month that “the song Harry wrote” for Made In The AM made him cry during recording, was the one to announce a Styles-penned track (“Hey Angel”). Niall Horan made his Snapchat contribution by announcing his own favorite, “Never Enough”.