"Flicker" is the solo debut studio album by Irish singer and songwriter Niall Horan. It was released on 20 October 2017, through Neon Haze Music and Capitol Records.
Flicker received positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 64 out of 100, which indicates "generally favorable reviews" based on 5 reviews.
Aided by co-writers including Adele associate Tobias Jesso Jr. and his old One Direction collaborator Jamie Scott, Horan has crafted an album packed with affecting melodies. At its best, his songwriting is appealingly simple and straightforward: the title track offers an evocative portrait of a relationship that’s breaking down. But at times, Horan’s lyrics let him down a little. “In this house of broken hearts, we make our love on stacks of cards,” he sings on ‘Paper Houses’, jumbling his imagery a bit. The otherwise lovely ‘This Town’ is pockmarked by the line “[I’d] drive highways and byways to be there with you,” which sounds like something David Brent might sing when he whips his guitar out.
Still, it would be foolish to write off Horan’s solo debut because of a few clunky lyrics. This is a promising and well-pitched effort that suggests Horan knows exactly who he wants to be as an artist. ‘Flicker’ definitely gets his post-One Direction career off to a bright start. Reviewed by nme.com User Comments