One Direction ‘Fireproof’ Song Review

One Direction released a new song today. It kind of blindsided me. Wasn’t it just yesterday that Midnight Memories came out? Now we’re already hearing the first track of a new album!? It shouldn’t be a shock that 1D will have a new record out in November, historically speaking (I will get to that later this week) however I still found the announcement a magical morning surprise. If you haven’t heard Fireproof yet you should definitely go download it, after all it’s a free track. And who doesn’t love free?

“Fireproof is a free track” is a great marketing ploy, by the way. In terms of marketing, when you are the biggest boyband in the world you don’t really need to advertise in a traditional sense. Have the band tweet it and pretty much all of the target fanbase will know. #fireproof is a Trending Topic on Twitter. Four was #1 in 58 countries within 8 hours of its impending release being announced. Which is exactly why Fireproof being free really makes no difference for the fangirls in the end. There will be very few people who download the one free single but do not buy the album. I’ve already pre-ordered my copy. The song just fueled my fire and made me more likely to purchase, ironic considering the track name but obviously the intended strategy.

But on to the song itself!

One Direction Lyrics - Fireproof 1{Intro Music}
Very interesting – It sounds like 1D but also has an edge on interest that was missing in their original albums. This is a continuation of Midnight Memories One Direction and I like it.

The beat kicking in is sooooo 1D it almost kills me…in a good way…
I think I’m gonna lose my mind
Something deep inside me I can’t give up
I think I’m gonna lose my mind
I roll and I roll ‘til I’m out of luck
Yeah – I roll and I roll ‘til I’m out of luck

*sigh* Harry Style’s rasp. The tempo change for the last 2 lines is possibly my favorite part of the entire song. I was into it from the start but the combination of this hook and Harry’s voice has me sold. And we’re not even 30 seconds in…Perhaps this is why Harry starts so many songs?

One Direction Lyrics - Fireproof 2I’m feeling something deep inside
Hotter than a jet stream burning up
I’ve got a feeling deep inside
It’s taking, it’s taking all I got
Yeah – It’s taking, it’s taking all I got

I really like when Niall pushes towards his lower range…Is this a common thing? (Let me know in the comments!) Or do you think this is my subconscious wanting Niall (slash all of 1D) to somehow catch up to me in age?

‘Cause nobody knows you, baby, the way I do
And nobody loves you, baby, the way I do
It’s been so long, it’s been so long
Maybe we’re fireproof
Cause nobody saves me, baby, like you do

Classic 1D harmonies…except not. This track is so gentle. It allows the angelic quality of their voices shine through. I think the subtly says a lot about where 1D is going. They aren’t bubble gum pop with an obvious in-your-face sound anymore. They are maturing and so is their music.

One Direction Lyrics - Fireproof 3I think I’m gonna win this time
I’m riding on the wind and I won’t give up
I think I’m gonna win this time
I roll and I roll ‘til I change my luck
Yeah – I roll and I roll ‘til I change my luck

My heart…the feels. I might be a bit biased but this verse is the best one. Yes Louis is my favorite, but I also connect most with these lyrics. Perhaps because I’m too competitive? Is this song making me re-evaluate my views of the world & love? Anyway, this is Louis’ strongest solos yet. He has literally never sounded better. Good for him ❤ Also, the slight twist to the repeated last lines was an excellent throwback to the start of the song.

{Guitar & Ahhhhhhh-ing}
I love a good whining guitar solo. But again, it’s very calm. Everyone’s voice sounds so comfortable in this track. I feel settled within it. I love grown-up One Direction.

One Direction Lyrics - Fireproof 5‘Cause nobody knows you, baby, the way I do
And nobody loves you, baby, the way I do
It’s been so long, it’s been so long
It must be fireproof
Cause nobody saves me, baby, like you do

Is anyone else fixating on the falsetto “It’s been so long”s? Oh Liam, you should hit those high notes in every song…but then maybe they won’t seem special.

{‘Cause nobody knows you, baby, the way I do}
{And nobody loves you, baby, the way I do}
It’s been so long, it’s been so long
Maybe we’re fireproof
Cause nobody saves me, baby, the way you do

The sentiment expressed in this song also seems more mature. While I LOVED the progression of their sound into Midnight Memories I also thought their lyrics got a bit douchey. Don’t get me wrong, I still sing them at the top of my lungs as I repeatedly blast their album…however there is a lot of talk of other guys’ girls and some strong objectification of women. This song is sweet and heartfelt. It isn’t about hooking up but instead focuses on how wonderful something long-term & long-lasting can be. How mature!

{Outro Music}
I am also weirdly obsessed with the ‘fall off’ at the end.

Final Verdict: I LOVE ONE DIRECTION!

Love & Luck,
Kris

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