One Direction aren’t quite the Beatles, nor are they anything like *NSYNC. In fact, it’s hard to categorize them in the Great Boy Band Sphere at all, but that doesn’t make them any less lovable. Over the course of the reality show stint that brought them together in the first place and the three subsequent albums that chronicled their evolution from bubblegum to big star power pop with infusions of stomping folk and hair metal, One Direction is still a boy band well aware of its status as a boy band and unafraid to be so in a way that veers a hard left from the path of previous Top 40 acts. Maybe that’s why they’re one of the biggest in the world right now. It also doesn’t hurt that they’re cute as a button, each and every one of ‘em.
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 30, 2014