Have you heard "As it Was" yet?
Harry Styles, the British heartthrob, has struck gold again with his latest track, "As It Was." "Holdin' me back, Gravity's holdin' me back" is the first line of the song.
Styles's voice is a soothing mix of singing and speaking, and his songs have an undeniably captivating rhythm. Even still, the words are far less upbeat than his pipes, as shown in the song's lyrics. Even in the bridge, when he sings, "In this world, it's just us, You know it's not the same as it was" Styles maintains the song's gloomy tone by expressing his desire to forget the past. Styles and a female friend run in circles on a moving platform in the "As It Was" music video, which is meant to represent the end of a relationship and the need to start over.
Breaking several groundbreaking new records on its first day of release, "As It Was" has quickly become the music industry's hottest craze. After shattering first-day sales records and leaving fans begging for more, "As It Was" has quickly become the music industry's hottest rage.
The solo success of Harry Styles also broke a record jointly held by Mark Ronson and Sir Elton John: the most consecutive number-one hits on the US Singles Chart by a British musician.
The song has spent 15 consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, surpassing the reigns of previously dominant singles such as "Uptown Funk" and "Candle in the Wind," each of which lasted 14 weeks. It also climbed to #4 on the list of the US's all-time longest-running singles.
Lyrically, it's a fun, rumor-filled read, an evolution of the pop genre's recent emphasis on concrete, individual narrative over grandiose metaphor.
One person may take the cynical view and say that Styles's brilliance is in the degree to which he obscures the message, ensuring that it will be discussed in this way. Another person may argue with a different interpretation, that he writes so that listeners can hear something of themselves in his music. Whichever way you look at it, “As It Was” is a masterpiece.
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