One Direction: ‘Little Things’ review

One Direction are nothing more than the attractive stooges of a ghastly corporate machine on this Sheeran-penned single

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Released 1 Dec 2012 | | By Josiah Wingate | Rating: 0-5
One Direction: ‘Little Things’ review

One Direction have crossed the line. They were brazen when they ripped off 'Summer Nights' from Grease. They were cocky when they plagiarised 'I Want It That Way' by The Backstreet Boys. When they sampled The Clash, that was the last straw. The production team and the group have no ideas left.

These five boys have ironically struggled to find their own direction since leaving The X Factor. The Ed Sheeran-penned 'Little Things' does nothing to set the boys on a path of their own; it's an Ed-ucation in how the charts are becoming a barren wasteland of personality. When established performers like Ed or Example or Jessie J write for other artists, it renders the finished product as lifeless and flat as wet cardboard. It's karaoke without the sedative effect of being able to hammer back tequila.

We're two albums into the band's lifespan with no evidence of them learning to harmonise or work together as a group; they're still five solo artists fighting for prominence in a cluttered soundscape.

'Little Things' proves this band is now directionless.

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