Monday, March 30th, 2020

Niall Horan – Heartbreak Weather

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Alfred Soto: Wit frightens him. Eroticism is beyond him. Yet the One Milquetoaster’s too long second solo album is the best thing anyone in 1D’s been involved with since the breakup, in part because Niall Horan hasn’t cleaved himself from 1D’s writer-producers. The mild electro skank of “Heartbreak Weather” complements the sub-mental lyrics and Horan’s granola yell. 

Kat Stevens: It seems clear that Niall is gunning for Will Young’s old position as the polo-necked Mum-friendly regular on the Radio 2 playlist. Unfortunately here, his affable (and catchy!) melody simply lacks that knife-in-the-gut twist that’s embedded throughout Will’s best material. It’s going to take more than a pastel-coloured Mr Benn job-of-the-week video to guarantee that Zoe Ball breakfast slot. “Heartbreak Weather” is about the sun coming out after the storm, but Niall breezes through it with the easy countenance of someone who’s never been hailed on while queuing to get into Tesco Express, two metres apart from the person in front, never to touch anyone again. 

Wayne Weizhen Zhang: The track’s production is a pristine, 80’s romantic-comedy dream, and could have been an apposite backdrop to the cheesy lyrical conceit. The problem, though, is Niall Horan’s delivery: jejune and lacklustre, barely unconvincing in portraying the shift from “heartbreak weather” to whatever greener pastures he’s finally found. Imagine a Carly Rae Jepsen song that’s had a lobotomy. 

Oliver Maier: I assumed last time was a fluke and that I’d never like another of Niall “J’adore la mer” Horan’s singles so much but “Heartbreak Weather” goes down real smooth. It’s a big stompy electropop track! Remember those? Swap out the vocals and this is basically a below-average Emotion cut, which as a general standard makes it: still pretty good!

Edward Okulicz: Don’t know how it works, but this incredibly wide-eyed, daft song approaches something like profundity coming out of Niall Horan’s Vanilla Coke of a mouth. I’m almost sold that “heartbreak weather” is a clever and meaningful phrase, because I’m definitely sold that “Heartbreak Weather” is a very dumb but meaningful song.

Michael Hong: “Heartbreak Weather” isn’t quite as goofy as its announcements would suggest (nor as silly as lead single “Nice to Meet Ya”), but instead, a lushly romantic piece, a set of memories building up to a relationship. Horan’s fragmented recollections attempt to touch on pieces of specificity (“dancin’ to Bruno”) but fail, fail in the way that only love can make you fail, by blurring every smile, every moment, every feeling into one. His realization is that lift that love makes you feel, the way everything seems to shine a little bit brighter and stormy weather no longer seems like a such a bad thing.

Scott Mildenhall: While Harry Styles doggedly pursues some classic rock ideal, at least one of his bandmates seems content with the version they already had. Horan was wise to keep working with the same people as during One Direction’s later period; “Heartbreak Weather” runs on the mileage that was still in that kind of material. Carried further by the strength of its original idiom and singalong secondary hook, this is the sound of someone who isn’t beholden to a desperation to prove himself.

Reader average: [6] (2 votes)

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2 Responses to “Niall Horan – Heartbreak Weather”

  1. lowkey saw the music video and now this is a solid 7 for me. but also i just wish this was a crj song.

  2. this song is not better than “Kiss You” but for sure it’s pretty great

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