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Emotional Stages You Go Through After Listening To Harry Styles’ 'Fine Line' Album

Here are stages you might find HIGHLY relatable.
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Whether you're a Directioner, a Harrie, or not, it’s undeniable that Harry Styles is definitely one of the most influential artists of today’s generation. It’s been a little over two years since Harry dropped his self-titled debut album. Needless to say, Fine Line, his second studio album as a solo act, has got to be one of the most awaited albums of 2019. Now that we've had a bit more time to absorb his new music, we can’t help but feel excited, nostalgic, and shookt all at once. If you’re like us and you've been listening to the album pretty much since its release a couple of weeks back, here are stages you might find highly relatable:

First comes the nostalgia.

Throwback to when it wasn’t just him but also four other people in a band that was once called “One Direction.” All the feels, all the good memories, all the music from the past. But with Harry's strong, raspy vocals and unabashed individuality, it isn't hard to feel all hyped up over his solo endeavors, especially with the fresh lineup of Fine Line.

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Then comes the slow claps.

Fine Line isn't that album where you just skim through or maybe skip some songs. Every single track brings its own flavor and makes Fine Line what it is—something fresh, experimental, and Harry. You'd be slow clapping after each song because they're just masterpieces in their own right.

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It's a roller coaster of emotions.

There's just something about playing the album in order that's highly satisfying. Upon pressing play on the opening track "Golden," you're already buckled for quite the emotional ride. The peak devastation would probably be when you reach "Cherry" and "Falling." Anyone else got wrecked at the lines, "What am I now? What am I now? What if I'm someone I don't want around?" Because same. When you've finally reached the title track, "Fine Line," you don't know if there are any emotions you haven't felt yet.

You're hopeful and impatient at the same time.

Like we’ve mentioned earlier on, it took Harry a little over two years to release this album. Now, you’re left thinking, when’s the next one coming out? And being the biggest fan you are, you know for a factno matter how long it takes, it’ll be worth waiting for. For now, we'll go back to streaming Fine Line.

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With additional reporting by Mylene Mendoza.

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