One Direction’s aped new single, “End of the Day,” is catchy enough to be considered two songs. The song functions as two standalone pieces, moving abruptly from a boisterous, handclap-driven groove to a mid-tempo arena sing-along.
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“All I know at the end of the day / Is you want what you want, and you say what you say,” the boy band chant on the chorus. “And you follow your heart, even though it’ll break sometimes.”
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Throughout the track, the British quartet spell out all the ways “love can be frightening” – comparing it to the devil, the flu and a lightning storm – but inevitably vote pro-love. The track, with its head-spinning tempo shifts and squealing, distorted guitar solo, illustrates the eclecticism of the group’s upcoming fifth LP, Made in the A.M. – their first since the departure of Zayn Malik.
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“End of the Day” follows the funky electro-pop of “Drag Me Down,” the rootsy acoustic guitar anthem “History,” the throbbing rock ballad “Perfect” and the Coldplay-styled “Infinity.”