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University of Wisconsin - Madison

Steal My Girl / Night Changes - Single (2015)


Review By Catherine Lewis

August 12, 2015

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Catherine Lewis

The One Direction medley Steal My Girl / Night Changes is certainly easy on the ears. Redefined (from the University of Wisconsin-Madison) executes beautiful, open vowels to keep these songs sounding bright and consistent with the boy band pop music feel of the originals, and the solo harmonies — particularly in the front half — give a lovely depth to the vocals.

What doesn't work so well is the medley arrangement. I don't hear how these songs work together or what the lyrical theme is (and I still don't completely follow even after watching the group's music video, although the plot and execution are certainly endearing). There's a snippet of What Makes You Beautiful that sounds as though it's thrown in just because it fits with the One Direction theme, but it doesn't really add anything to the overall song.

Then again, maybe I'm just overthinking it: these are One Direction songs after all, and sometimes pop songs are just shiny without a deeper meaning or connection between them all. I may not really have a grasp on Redefined's point of view after hearing Steal My Girl / Night Changes, but I do know that this group can make some bright, pretty music.

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