Album review: 'Four,' One Direction

One Direction’s last album, “Midnight Memories,” was just plain fun. No matter how much hate you harbor for boy bands generally, or 1D in particular, each track got under your skin and set your foot tapping, even against your will. 

But their new album, “Four,” which leaked on Tumblr weeks ago but officially dropped yesterday, has none of its predecessors’ infectious qualities. 

The lyrics are weak and the overall vibe is one of contractual obligation, not creativity or musical passion. 

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