Mind of Mine

Review of Zayn’s new album

Haley Arispe

Zayn Malik recently released his first solo album “Mind of Mine” exactly a year after leaving the band One Direction. Last year, on March 25, Zayn officially left the boy band after almost 5 years of being with them. He felt as though he was being held back from the type of music he wanted to release and left the band to do so. In this debut album, unlike the pop music that he sang with his former group, has a more laid back R&B style.

“There was never any room for me to experiment creatively in the band,” he told The Fader late last year, in a candid cover story.

Born in Bradford, England, Zayn auditioned for X-factor at 17 in 2010. Zayn did not want to be in the group at first, skeptic about being in a group with four other strangers. But before he knew it he was a part of the #1 Boy Band in the world.

“ We didn’t really expect to achieve anything outside of the UK, and it just went crazy. It’s just crazy that people know our music. We’re just humbled by it”, Zayn said.

At first, everything was great. Touring with his four best friends and creating music, but after a while he felt excluded from the creative process of the albums.

As time went by, his initial doubt about being on the band grew.

While touring in Australia, he made the big decision to leave, forever changing his future.

“We are definitely going to stay together, this isn’t the last of One Direction”, Zayn said.

But I guess that isn’t exactly true now. Zayn leaving One Direction was not only a major shock to their fans, but to the whole world. Their fans where extremely sad and disappointed he left, but many showed him support as he walked his own path.

“There comes a day when you realize turning the page is the best feeling in the world, because you realize there’s so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on”, Zayn said.

Since going solo he has changed the type of music he has preformed in the past. He’s getting to do what he wants and has more freedom to release anything he wants. I would definitely recommend this album for anyone that is into a soothing tune and is looking to expand his or her playlist. I give Mind of Mine an 8.5 out of 10 soaring eagles.