Midnight Memories, the new album from One Direction is a record which documents just how far they ve come in the music industry. It's an album which, the boys themselves confess, has opened up a bigger creative role for them individually allowing them all to co-write most of the 14 tracks (18 on the deluxe edition), and once again work with some well-respected songwriters. Joining them on this record are Julian Bunetta (Olly Murs, Leona Lewis, JLS), Jamie Scott (Enrique Iglesias, JLS, Little Mix) and Jacknife Lee (Blur, Robbie Williams, Biffy Clyro) as well as international artists with song-writing credits of their own such as Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones and Dougie Poynter from McFly, One Republic's Ryan Tedder and Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody. An impressive line-up.
In just one listen, it's clear the new tracks are more mature, more honest and more indicative of the boys' lives. They tell the story of their journeys across the world, of being away from home, falling in love and the opportunity they ve been given.