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Hear One Direction’s Fiery New Song, ‘End of the Day’

Boy band’s fifth album, ‘Made in the A.M.,’ their first without Zayn Malik, out this week

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Hear One Direction's amped, epic new single, "End of the Day," from their upcoming LP, 'Made in the A.M'

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One Direction‘s amped new single, “End of the Day,” is catchy enough to be considered two songs. The song functions as two standalone pieces, moving abruptly from a boisterous, handclap-driven groove to a mid-tempo arena sing-along. “All I know at the end of the day / Is you want what you want, and you say what you say,” the boy band chant on the chorus. “And you follow your heart, even though it’ll break sometimes.”

Throughout the track, the British quartet spell out all the ways “love can be frightening” – comparing it to the devil, the flu and a lightning storm – but inevitably vote pro-love. The track, with its head-spinning tempo shifts and squealing, distorted guitar solo, illustrates the eclecticism of the group’s upcoming fifth LP, Made in the A.M. – their first since the departure of Zayn Malik. “End of the Day” follows the funky electro-pop of “Drag Me Down,” the rootsy acoustic guitar anthem “History,” the throbbing rock ballad “Perfect” and the Coldplay-styled “Infinity.”

One Direction started working on Made in the A.M. – out November 13th – not long after Malik’s March departure. In August, Niall Horan squashed rumors that the band planned to break up next year, insisting that they only planned to take some time off.“We are not splitting up, but we will be taking a well-earned break at some point next year,” he tweeted. “Don’t worry though, we still have lots to achieve! Can’t wait for you to hear all the new music we have for you and to perform some new songs at the tor [sic] continues! Love you all xx.” 

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