I have been looking forward to Louis’ first solo album since he released “Miss You” back in 2017. That song is not on the album; however, I was excited knowing that it was finally out and open to the public. After everything Louis has been through dealing with his mom’s passing back in December 2016 and his sister’s, Félicité, passing back in March 2019, it was nice knowing that he finally “made it!”
I’ve already heard four of the songs on Walls, which he released back in 2019, and I liked that he was experimenting with different sounds. “Two of Us” was a stripped back and acoustic track about his late mother, my favorite song on the album! “Don’t Let It Break Your Heart” and “We Made It” were stripped back and poppy at the same time. “Kill My Mind” was more of a rock track, which I liked a lot! It was youthful, and live in the moment kind of thing, which was the vibe Louis was going for. The whole album itself was a celebration and a beam of hope; Louis often struggled with finding that star quality within himself, and his time with One Direction made things harder, so I’m glad Louis was able to shine this time.
One thing I noticed while listening to the album was that it wasn’t overproduced and did not any of that big production like the 80s albums I’ve been getting into recently. There were a lot of acoustic guitars, drums, piano, and outstanding vocals on Louis’ part. For example, in “Too Young,” the acoustic guitar and Louis’ message about being young and inexperienced with love are the focus points of the song. Also, if you listen closely, you can hear some harmonies starting in the second half of the second verse. Another example would be the song “Only the Brave,” great acoustic guitar, and this song’s biggest crime is that it is too short!
The song “Walls” had me shook because of those high notes in the chorus. At first, I was uncertain about the song title because it seemed unusual, but Louis proved me wrong, and I’m glad he did! I never understood the meaning of the song, but apparently, it’s about Louis’ split with his girlfriend, Eleanor, and how they overcame those struggles that went along with it. Don’t worry; they are still together to this day!
According to sources, Louis was going for an indie-pop/rock vibe with Walls. Overall, I loved how honest and beautiful it turned out, and I can’t wait to listen to this album while getting ready for school in the morning. Louis did say that the wait was going to be worth it, and it was! I’m so happy for him!
Have you checked out Louis Tomlinson’s Walls album yet? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments down below to start a conversation!
Take care and see ya real soon!