By Bailey O’Donnell
From “X-Factor” contestant to being in the most successful boy band of this generation, breakout artist 28-year-old Louis Tomlinson came out with his debut album “Walls.”
The former One Direction member is ready to establish himself in a more honest and intimate way. In this new album, Tomlinson showcases himself as a strong artist.
He started his individual music career by releasing a collaboration with Steve Akoi in 2016. The song “Just Hold On” gave fans a taste of the artist that Louis Tomlinson is becoming.
Over the past couple of years, Tomlinson has been releasing chart topping singles. Examples are “Back to You” featuring Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals, “Miss You” and “Just Like You.” Although One Direction has provided him with a fanbase and security blanket, Tomlinson still has to compete for the charts.
One of the most challenging parts for Tomlinson was competing for chart spots against his closest friends and former bandmates, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik.
In an interview with YouTuber Zach Sang, Tomlinson admits that One Direction was a learning experience in regards to professionalism and mannerism.
Four years later, “Walls” is ready to truly showcase Tomlinson’s more humble side.
Many tracks from “Walls” have been released as singles and Tomlinson received incredible feedback from his audience.
The song “Two of Us” is a song that Tomlinson feels has a “heaviness and a new dynamic.” During the time this song was written, Tomlinson’s mother, Johannah passed away from Leukemia and his 18-year- old sister, Félicité, passed due to a drug overdose. This personally affected Tomlinson and his song writing, which is evident with lyrics like; “You’ll never know how much I missed you/ The day that they took you.”
“Kill My Mind,” on the other hand, is a Britpop, energetic, and spunky tune; completely different from “Two of Us,” Tomlinson describes that he uses a balance of what he wants to write and what his fans want to hear. “Because at the end of the day, they are the reason I do what I do.”
Tomlinson announces that the “Walls” does tell a story of his life. He believes it is written as chronologically as possible. Other tracks that are featured on “Walls” are; “Always You,” “Too Young,” “Defenceless” and “Habit.” There are a total of 12 tracks on the debut album.
Overall, the album showcases Tomlinson’s goal-seeking ambition. He reflects on love, loss, triumph and failure but these are the things that helped shape him into the artist he is today.
“Walls” debuts the strong artist Louis Tomlinson in a more humble light.