Saturday, May 18, 2024

New Music: Harry Styles “As It Was” Has the Uncanny Ability to Sound Like Something Else


Guessing where Harry Styles’ new song comes from is a regular parlor game now.

“As It Was” has the familiar sound of “Take On Me” and a hundred other records. But his fans will love it, and Harry is nothing if not likable despite his inability to create original sounds. Hey, he wears a boa well!

I hear a little “Ca Plain Pour Moi” quoted in there, too. That’s Harry. He uses all, uh, styles!

See if you can hear it, a Harry Styles Game:

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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