Flicker [Deluxe Edition]

Flicker [Deluxe Edition]

by Niall HoranNiall Horan

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More than a year after his group, One Direction, went on hiatus, Irish singer/songwriter Niall Horan became the third 1D member to release a solo studio full-length. Whereas Zayn Malik took his R&B talents into the bedroom and Harry Styles modeled himself after iconic rock frontmen of old, Horan went in a decidedly safer, center-lane direction on the yearning Flicker. Paying homage to classic rock influences like Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, and Dire Straits, Horan contemporized those bands' sounds with pop flair, resulting in an immensely soothing and enjoyable record that fits nicely alongside those of Ed Sheeran and Shawn Mendes. Featuring production by Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sia), Julian Bunetta, and Mike Needle and Jamie Scott (One Direction), the mostly wholesome and wide-eyed Flicker bounces between youthful love songs -- including the surprisingly naughty single "Slow Hands" -- and relatable heartbreak laments. With simple, straightforward lyrics, the concise set of ten tracks is effective and hits the proper emotional notes. On "Too Much to Ask," a sad Horan reflects "My shadow's dancing without you for the first time," while on the standout title track, he repeats "Please don't leave" to a departed love. These tracks are emotional, surely, but against the backdrop of such delicate production, they are spared from becoming too self-indulgent and depressing. Elsewhere, the bass thrum and guitar work of Fleetwood Mac enliven Flicker, like on the "Dreams"-esque opener "On the Loose," the comforting "You and Me," and the lush "Since We're Alone," which also benefits from a faint "Sultans of Swing" influence. Without a weak song in the batch, Flicker is consistently full of highlights, including "Seeing Blind," a rousing duet with American country singer Maren Morris. One Directioners will no doubt relish every moment of Flicker, but for casual fans potentially wary of the boy band stigma, they can rest assured knowing that Horan has taken a big first step into musical maturity, with his own voice and deep well of emotion. [Flicker was also released in a Deluxe Edition featuring three bonus tracks: "On My Own," "Mirrors," and "The Tide."] ~ Neil Z. Yeung

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/20/2017
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0602557993141
catalogNumber: 002748302
Rank: 127


  1. On The Loose
  2. This Town
  3. Seeing Blind
  4. Slow Hands
  5. Too Much To Ask
  6. Paper Houses
  7. Since We’re Alone
  8. Flicker
  9. Fire Away
  10. You And Me
  11. On My Own
  12. Mirrors
  13. The Tide

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Niall Horan   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
Matt Chamberlain   Drums
Mark Goldenberg   Guitar
Greg Kurstin   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Greg Leisz   Acoustic Guitar
Val McCallum   Guitar
Tom Barnes   Percussion,Drums
John Joseph   Bass Guitar
Chris Stills   Background Vocals
Eric Gorfain   Violin
Daphne Chen   Violin,String Quartet
Zac Rae   Synthesizer,Piano
Ian Fitchuk   Piano,Drums
Leah Katz   Viola,String Quartet
Irina Chirkova   Cello
Jedd Hughes   Electric Guitar
Ann Marie Calhoun   Violin
Jamie Scott   Background Vocals
Aaron Sterling   Percussion,Drums
Ilona Geller   Viola
Ruth-Anne Cunningham   Background Vocals
Eli Beaird   Bass
Andrew Haas   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
Spencer Thomson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Alisha Bauer   Cello
Leah Zeger   Violin
David Emery   Keyboards
Ben Kohn   Hand Clapping
Tommy King   Organ,Keyboards
Peter Kelleher   Organ
Todd Lombardo   Acoustic Guitar
Ian Franzino   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
John Ryan   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Sam Klempner   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Julian Burg   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Daniel Bryer   Background Vocals
Afterhrs   Synthesizer
Vern Asbury   Guitar
Mike Needle   Background Vocals
Bridget Sarai   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Eric Darken   Programming,drum programming
Chris Bishop   Vocal Engineer
Greg Kurstin   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,drum programming
Mark "Spike" Stent   Programming,Additional Production
Tom Barnes   Composer
Eric Greedy   Engineer
Jacquire King   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Session Conductor
Eric Gorfain   String Arrangements
Julian Bunetta   Engineer
Jamie Scott   Composer,Programming
Alex Pasco   Engineer
Andrew Haas   Programming
Spencer Thomson   Programming
David Emery   Programming
Ben Kohn   Composer
Peter Kelleher   Composer
Ed Drewitt   Composer
Niall Horan   Composer
John Rausch   Engineer
Ian Franzino   Programming
TMS   Producer,Engineer
John Ryan   Composer,Engineer
Sam Klempner   Engineer
Julian Burg   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Daniel Bryer   Composer,Programming
Afterhrs   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Mike Needle   Composer
Kolton Lee   Vocal Editing

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