Music: First Time – EP

Released: August 24, 2018

By: Liam Payne

After releasing three strong singles, which don’t appear on this EP, former One Direction member Liam Payne misses a step on this slightly disappointing debut.

All of the previous singles – “Strip That Down,” “Get Low” and “Bedroom Floor” – had an upbeat hip-hop/pop vibe that seems mostly lacking here. The only song that directly correlates to that is the wonderful “Home With You,” that’s a refreshing song that lets the girl give consent in the #MeToo era.

Unfortunately, Payne was supposed to release a full album right around the time of this release and then decided that changes in his life made his previously recorded music feel untrue to him. You can feel with the few that he does that he has an emotional connection, especially on the piano ballad “Depend On It.”

Final say: Looking for more. ★★★☆☆

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