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Up All Night by One Direction
Released: Mar 2012
Label: Syco Music UK
Runners-up to the runners-up on British Idol-type show The X Factor, U.K. boy band One Direction took England by storm with the single "What Makes You Beautiful" and this debut album, which shot to No. 1. Unspeakably sweet vocals, mall-friendly dance beats, an undeniable Britney influence and both club and hip-hop touches make for infectious pop music that harkens more to the Auto-Tune era than to the days of 98 Degrees. The title cut is a good indicator of why 1D made it so far on the show and presumably has 11-year-old girls tied up in knots.
Mike McGuirk