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After placing third in the 2010 season of Britain's The X Factor, five-member boy band One Direction inked a record deal with mega-exec/TV personality Simon Cowell and released their debut album, 2011's Up All Night. A global sensation, the album garnered several hit singles and sold millions of copies worldwide. It also faired pretty well with critics, who appreciated the band's mix of melodic songcraft and catchy, dance-oriented material that, while slickly produced, avoided the commercial cynicism and adult contemporary posturing of some of their '80s and '90s forebears. Rather than mess with a good thing, One Direction stick with this formula on the band's sophomore effort, 2012's Take Me Home. Once again working largely with Sweden's Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub, and Savan Kotecha, who produced Up All Night, One Direction deliver another immediately catchy mix of dancey pop that maximizes the group's shared lead-vocal approach and peppy, upbeat image. This album highlights even more than their previous one how much One Direction's mix of punchy guitars over snappy beats, handclaps, and bright synthesizers has in common with the positive, fun-loving tone of '70s bubblegum pop, as well as more contemporary bands like the Jonas Brothers and perennial guilty pleasure Hanson. Also added to the mix this time around are two songs ("Little Things" and "Over Again") co-written by British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran, whose intimate folk-R&B aesthetic lends an air of maturity to One Direction's admittedly squeaky-fresh sound. The boys of One Direction also nab a few co-writing credits here, as does McFly's Tom Fletcher, whose contribution "I Would," a kind of in-spirit sequel to his Up All Night contribution "I Want," stands out as a considerably smart and infectious cut. Ultimately, tracks like the frenetically hyper "Kiss You" and the soundtrack-ready "Back for You" will, as with the rest of Take Me Home, certainly appeal to the group's rabid teen followers, and might even end up on their parents' playlist, too.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/2012
Label: Sony
UPC: 0887254397229
catalogNumber: 543972
Rank: 258


  1. Live While We're Young
  2. Kiss You
  3. Little Things
  4. C'mon, C'mon
  5. Last First Kiss
  6. Heart Attack
  7. Rock Me
  8. Change My Mind
  9. I Would
  10. Over Again
  11. Back For You
  12. They Don't Know About Us
  13. Summer Love

Album Credits

Performance Credits

One Direction   Primary Artist
Steve Robson   Guitar,Keyboards
Peter Svensson   Vocals,Musician
Emily Wright   Vocals
Luke   Musician
Sam Hollander   Musician
Julian Bunetta   Musician
Malcolm Moore   Bass
Karl Brazil   Drums
Ava James   Vocals
Savan Kotecha   Background Vocals
Chris Leonard   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar
Shellback   Bass,Background Vocals,Musician
Koool Kojak   Vocals,Musician
Matthias Johansson   Violin
Carl Falk   Guitar,Background Vocals,Musician
Luke Potashnik   Guitar
Jake Gosling   Percussion,Piano,Strings,Drums
Albin Nedler   Musician
Clint Gibbs   Vocals
Lukasz Gottwald   Vocals
David Bukovinszky   Cello
Cirkut   Musician
Niall Horan   Guitar
Kristoffer Fogelmark   Guitar,Background Vocals,Musician
Adam Nedler   Background Vocals
Tommy Culm   Background Vocals
Henry Walter   Vocals

Technical Credits

Rupert Coulson   Engineer
Tom Fletcher   Composer
Steve Robson   Composer,Producer
Tommy Lee James   Composer
Ash Howes   Programming
Peter Svensson   Composer,Programming
Emily Wright   Engineer,Vocal Producer
Kristian Lundin   Composer
Sam Waters   Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer
Lindy Robbins   Composer
Wayne Hector   Composer
Luke   Programming,Producer
Sam Hollander   Composer,Programming
Julian Bunetta   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Jamie Scott   Composer
Danny Jones   Composer
Dougie Poynter   Composer
Mattias Bylund   String Arrangements
Rami Yacoub   Composer
Fiona Bevan   Composer
Savan Kotecha   Composer
Sam Miller   Engineer
Shellback   Programming,Producer
Koool Kojak   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Carl Falk   Composer,Programming,Producer,Vocal Engineer,Vocal Editing
Jake Gosling   Programming,Producer
Tebey Ottoh   Composer,Vocal Producer
Allan Grigg   Composer
Albin Nedler   Composer,Programming,Producer,Vocal Engineer,Vocal Editing
Peter Wallevik   Composer
Alex Oriet   Vocal Engineer
Lukasz Gottwald   Composer
Ed Sheeran   Composer
Robert Conlon   Composer
Cirkut   Programming,Producer
Niall Horan   Composer
Louis Tomlinson   Composer
Liam Payne   Composer
Harry Styles   Composer
Kristoffer Fogelmark   Composer,Programming,Producer,Vocal Engineer,Vocal Editing
Zayn Malik   Composer,Illustrations
Alexander Gowers   Composer
Tommy P Gregersen   Composer
Henry Walter   Composer

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