Harry Styles often finds himself at the center of comparisons to Mick Jagger considering their on-stage swagger and often androgynous fashion choices, but The Rolling Stones legend told The Sunday Times that Styles only has a “superficial resemblance to my younger self.” Not that Jagger holds anything against Styles, a pop star he likes and has “an easy relationship” with. Styles just released his third studio album, “Harry’s House,” on May 20.
“I like Harry — we have an easy relationship,” Jagger said. “I mean, I used to wear a lot more eye make-up than him. Come on, I was much more androgynous. And he doesn’t have a voice like mine or move on stage like me; he just has a superficial resemblance to my younger self, which is fine — he can’t help that.”
Styles’ album “Harry’s House” earned a strong review from Variety’s Jem Aswad, who wrote it was “very much a continuation and progression of its predecessor.” That would be 2019’s “Fine Line,” which earned critical acclaim and won Styles a Grammy for the single “Watermelon Singer.” Styles’ “Fine Line” era found the actor courting Jagger comparisons for his dancing on stage and colorful tour outfits.
“‘Harry’s House’ is a bit more intimate and less stadium-sized than its predecessor,” Asward writes in his review. “Lyrically, it’s heavier and more serious in places — not surprising after everything that’s happened in the two and a half years since ‘Fine Line’ dropped just before the pandemic…After a peppy start with the horn-speckled ‘Music in a Sushi Restaurant’ and the ‘80s-flavored ‘Late Night Talking,’ the album eases into a loose, unhurried groove, mixing up the moods and tempos but never getting too relaxed: Just when you’re leaning back, a song like the effortlessly joyful lead single, ‘As It Was’ (which has already topped the charts in multiple countries) bursts through like the sun after a summer downpour.”
The Rolling Stones, meanwhile, are setting out on The Sixty Tour this summer. The tour begins June 9 at Anfield stadium in Liverpool. Head to The Sunday Times’ website to read the band’s latest profile.