Greatest Album of All Time: Harry Styles’ Fine Line

Reyva Jamdar, Staff Writer

On December 13, 2019, Harry Styles released his second album as a solo artist, Fine Line. Consisting of five singles, “Adore You,” “Falling,” “Watermelon Sugar,” “Lights Up,” and “Golden,” this album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. 

Fine Line became the biggest debut from a British singer since the creation of Nielsen Soundscan, which is a provider of music sales data. Along with its popularity among the public, Fine Line received numerous awards for its stylistic influences, such as its nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 2021 Grammy Awards. Just this year, Rolling Stone ranked Fine Line number 491 on its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, an impressive feat considering the album was released only a year ago.

Harry Styles has always been known for his musicianship, finding fame through his pop greatness with One Direction. The Rolling Stone staff said, “On Fine Line, (Styles) stakes his claim as one of his generation’s most savagely imaginative musical minds. Styles breathes in the 1970s California sunshine of his heroesJoni Mitchell, David Bowie, Stevie Nickswith soulful breakup songs.” Fine Line deals with Harry’s own love life, specifically his breakup with French model Camille Rowe. 

 “Watermelon Sugar,” my personal favorite song in the album, has a killer brass section toward the end. “Falling” is a ballad that leaves one heartbroken, as I’ve cried one too many times when listening to it. “Adore You,” heard many times on the radio, is an even greater song to get up and dance to. These innocent songs of summer love and heartache have such meaningful lyrics. Harry never leaves me with dry eyes when I listen to his album. That’s hard to achieve as an artist, but Harry never fails. Fine Line is the greatest album of all time.