Yesterday afternoon (September 22), One Direction announced their fifth and very possibly final album, ‘Made In The AM’, and with the news came a new track called ‘Infinity’. Billed as an “instant gratitude song”, it’s designed to reward anyone who presses the pre-order button, whetting appetites for the record without giving anything away that’s too amazing. Basically, if ‘Infinity’ was strong enough to be a future single, we probably wouldn’t be hearing it now.
That said, this polished guitar-pop song from regular 1D writers John Ryan, Jamie Scott and Julian Bunetta is no throwaway. Appropriately enough given their impending hiatus, ‘Infinity’ finds the boys in reflective form as they pine for the one that got away. When they sing, “How many nights have you wished someone would stay?/Lay awake only hoping they’re OK”, it’s not too much of a stretch to imagine them thinking about departed band member Zayn Malik.
The chorus takes flight as any decent One Direction chorus should, but ‘Infinity’ reaches its peak as the final minute approaches and the producers super-size its sound with some big stadium drums and ravey synth riffs. So while it’s not a first-rate 1D track, ‘Infinity’ will sound great if the boys drop it into their set at any of the 25 (!) UK and Ireland arena shows they have coming up before the end of October.