Up all night It may have been the album that made One Direction international sensations in 2011, but that doesn’t mean all band members think it’s a good record. In a recent interview about the Smallzy .’s surgery podcast, Louis Tomlinson got real about his feelings for his former band’s debut project.
“Today marks 12 years since the band was formed, but the first album was s–t anyway,” he said at the very beginning of the 14-minute episode.
Released the year after One Direction was founded on The X factor, up all night debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200. The lead single — and the band’s breakthrough hit — “What Makes You Beautiful” reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, while single “One Thing” reached number 39.
Tomlinson is now gearing up to release his second solo album, which he said on the podcast doesn’t have a release date yet. The record follows 2020 walls — which the 30-year-old “Back to You” singer says was harder to make than his current project.
“I’ve enjoyed it [making this album] 20 times more than the first album,” he said. “I think there’s still pressure on me to deliver a good record, but there were so many different opinions about the first album and I was trying to work my way out of a band the size of One Direction. So I feel like I’ve been able to look at this record with a little more clarity.”
And while Tomlinson apparently isn’t a fan of all the music he and his One Direction buddies made together, he certainly doesn’t feel the same way about the band itself. A few days before his appearance on the podcast, he revealed that he is hopeful of a reunion with Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan and Liam Payne.
“I’ll be pretty upset if it isn’t, as for sure,” he said on the Australian Day Programme sunrise. “What is the impossible question to answer is when. I have no idea, but I’d be really surprised if one day we didn’t. It would be a shame.”
Listen to Louis Tomlinson’s opening on the Smallzy .’s surgery podcast below: