Some say save the best for last… and in this case, I wish they hadn’t.
Following the successful solo debuts of Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne is finally ready to break out on his very own as the fifth and final One Direction-er to launch his solo career – and “Strip That Down” featuring Migos member Quavo is our first of what solo Liam has to offer. It’s not much…
Co-written by Liam himself alongside Ed Sheeran and Steve Mac, “Strip That Down” sees Liam straying far away from his 1D, anthemic pop-rock roots for a super cheesy, #SomethingMoreUrban bop, which, if anything, feels like the poor man’s version of “2 On” by Tinashe, “Somebody” by Natalie La Rose, or even “Post To Be” by Omarion. It’s painfully dated and mediocre, at best.
“You know, I used to be in 1D (now I’m out, free)/ People want me for one thing (that’s not me)/ I’m not changing, the way, that I (used to be)/ I just wanna have fun (and get rowdy),” Liam declares over the bouncy, rumbling beat. “You know, I love it, when the music’s loud/ But c’mon, strip that down for me, baby/ Now there’s a lot of people in the crowd/ But only you can dance with me…“
I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect from Liam‘s solo debut, but it certainly wasn’t this. Is it too late to cancel it?