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Zayn – PILLOWTALK Review ***

February 4, 2016
Zayn Malik

A bit of a kick in the balls for Perrie Edwards…

So, we welcome back Zayn to the world of music, and it’s nice to see he’s carrying on being a ‘normal 22-year-old’ releasing a pop song featuring a Victoria’s Secret Model (incidentally his new girlfriend). Not sure I know many 22 year olds who are doing that but anyway.

His new song is a massive middle finger up to his past. “PILLOWTALK” is an R&B song, which features naked women and hallucinogenic images, a reference to his alleged drug taking lifestyle. It’s a clear message that Zayn is starting over and creating a new image, and his past can stay right there. It’s the polar opposite to One Direction’s most recent song and video, “History”, the video for which was also released this week (shock!), a ‘happy-clappy’ song about the past.

The song is OK, and not painful to listen to, but it just sounds very over-produced and dull. Within the first minute you can predict what’s coming next, and it’s only really the music video which gets more raucous as time goes on.

I’d say three out of five is a fair rating. It’s by no means brilliant, but good on him for going solo and recreating himself.

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