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Midnight Memories

1-D follows their same formula, adds a bit of preteen lust.
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Positive messages

Although most of the lyrics are fairly vapid, there are heartfelt sentiments throughout the record about wanting to make girls happy.

Positive role models

These boys are as clean-cut as they come, though they seem to be mostly preoccupied with partying and convincing girls to leave their boyfriends.

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Although there's nothing truly racy in here, there are very suggestive lines such as, "We're better off together in our bed"; "I wanna see the way you move for me, baby"; and, "If you give in tonight, just let me set you free / We'll touch the other side -- just give me the key." 

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Midnight Memories, an album from teeny-bopper sensation One Direction, is still clean and tween-friendly but with a heavy dose of lust and desire ("We're better off together in our bed" and "If you give in tonight, just let me set you free / We'll touch the other side -- just give me the key"). Presumably, younger kids won't get the innuendos and insinuations, but the sexuality is thinly veiled on this extremely poppy record.

What's the story?

MIDNIGHT MEMORIES is the third studio album released by British boy band One Direction, who have maintained their status as kings of the charts. Building on the enormous success of their previous albums, Midnight Memories is filled with a variety of squeaky-clean styles ranging from pop-punk to rock ballad to electro-pop party anthem. Some of the boys are credited with cowrites on some of the songs, but the album as a whole was essentially constructed and created by superproducers and studio musicians.

Is it any good?


Nobody listens to boy bands for their lyrical depth, but many of these tracks do feel particularly derivative and uninteresting. The constant lines about staying with a girl all night and whispering things into her ear "that I can't repeat" might make some parents uneasy, but it's nothing edgier than what John Lennon was singing to teenagers in his day. There's a solid energy and upbeat vibe throughout the record, but, after 18 tracks, it sort of all blends together. The singing is excellent, though it's practically impossible to distinguish the voices from one another. Then again, that's not the point. Fans of 1-D ("Directioners," as they call themselves) likely will fall in love all over again with the handsome heartthrobs, and the songs are just catchy enough to serve their purpose. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the phenomenon of boy bands. What makes the formula work so well? How does it play into the daydreams and fantasies of preteen girls?

  • Why do you think One Direction has been able to maintain their enormous and devoted fanbase for so long, while many other pop stars of their ilk have seen their star fade rapidly?

  • What do you think is the best sound for the 1-D boys: their acoustic ballads, their electro-pop tracks, or their more classic, rock-style songs?

Music details

Artist:One Direction
Release date:November 25, 2013
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written bytiffc March 2, 2014

In-depth Review: Midnight Memories

As a teenager who loves One Direction, it's surprising to say that they are heading down a much more mature road, attempting to reach a much more mature audience. While kids may not necessarily enjoy some of their more folksy-pop/ Mumford & Sons inspired songs, there are still fun songs to dance along to for all ages. If you've heard Best Song Ever, you may think that is like every other song 1D has ever come out with, right? In fact, along with Diana and some of the songs on the bonus track, they are the most pop-infused songs on the album.This album explores the boys song-writing abilities and vocal ranges. There are really 2 other routes that 1D are exploring; folksy-pop, and pop-rock. With folksy-pop comes songs like Through the Dark, Happily, and Story of My Life, which have all received high critical acclaim. They don't have any iffy lyrics, but definitely may not be the type of music that younger fans are expecting. The more pop-rock songs include those like Midnight Memories and Little Black Dress. These do have innuendos in them, but are fun to dance to! With Little Black Dress especially, younger fans may think of the retro-inspired song as weird and not like typical 1D. While there are more innuendos in this album, the musical content shows One Direction as moving down a new path. To be quite honest, a younger fan may not necessarily enjoy some of the songs as much as previous albums, but it's one for everyone to listen to. In my opinion, there isn't too much sex or swearing, but innuendos may be running more rampant than ever.
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Great role models
Kid, 12 years old December 28, 2013

Great album!

Great album! One Direction satisfies Directioners again with this awesome edition. Some of the phrases have "double meanings." There is no language, and an eleven year old can easily enjoy this album. I fell in love with Harry, Louis, Liam, Zayn, and Niall again!
Teen, 14 years old Written byelizabeast13 December 23, 2013

Great Album! :P

I really love this album. It's more mature than their last album. There are a few songs that suggest being in their bed and other suggestive lines for younger ones. Other than that this album is amazing. They did a great job! (:
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex