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Harry Styles reveals the inspiration behind his debut solo album

Harry Styles has revealed that there are several inspirations behind his new album but one in particular has been the work of Harry Nilsson.

Styles admitted: “I’ve never had the process of making a full album in the way that I did with this one… I kind of wanted to see if I could write something that people liked without knowing everything about me."

The 23-year-old star has revealed he listened to a lot of the American singer's records while he was developing ideas for his self-titled debut record and liked his songwriting talents. Harry shared:

"I listened to a lot of Harry Nilsson while making the album. His lyrics are honest, and so good, and I think it's because he's never trying to sound clever."

The British singer also admitted he was still undecided about the creative direction of his album right up until he chose the tracklisting. He told USA Today newspaper:

"I was very much working out what I wanted the album to be, up until picking the tracklisting, and I wanted people to go through that with me when listening to that, instead of picking a sound and writing ten of the same things."

Styles' single 'Sweet Creature' has been linked to his One Direction bandmate Louis Tomlinson on some internet forums. And while the singer has remained tight-lipped about who the record concerns, he said it shouldn't be too hard for fans to figure out. Reacting to the online speculation, he explained:

"Oh, is that a thing? Well, whatever it is that it makes one feel. But I think if you listen to the lyrics, you can work out what it's about."

Earlier this month, the star admitted he wrote 'Sweet Creature' with one specific person in mind. He said:

"I think the best thing about music is everyone can take away different things from stuff and that's not wrong, there's not really a wrong answer. I feel like a lot of my favourite songs that mean something to me, I'd be disappointed if someone told me that they were about something else. It might ruin the song for me. 
"'Sweet Creature' is definitely about one person, but I think it's important to remember that there's many different types of things that it could be about."

Harry Styles’ ten track, self-titled debut album has been made available to fans today (May 12), via his own label, Erskine Records

Tracklist is as follows:

  1. ‘Meet Me In The Hallway’
  2. ‘Sign Of The Times'
  3. Carolina’
  4. ‘Two Ghosts’
  5. ‘Sweet Creature’
  6. ‘Only Angel’
  7. ‘Kiwi’
  8. ‘Ever Since New York’
  9. ‘Woman’
  10. ‘From The Dining Table’

You can buy Harry Styles' debut album, 'Harry Styles,' here

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