Written by Emilee Lindner • Photography by Getty Images • May 16, 2017
It's Harry Styles week at The Late Late Show, where James Corden has invited the former One Direction singer to infiltrate the TV show for four nights straight. Styles, who celebrated the release of his solo self-titled album last Friday, not only showed off his sense of humor with the host, but performed his first single, "Sign of the Times," in the CBS studio.
With a snazzy suit that showed off his artsy side, Styles took the stage with a full band, one where all the instrumentalists also served as backup singers. The extra voices are necessary for Styles, because "Sign of the Times" features the holiness of a sort-of choir of angels. The effect was carefully pulled off at the end of the performance, when every instrument was going wild and Styles ad-libbed like crazy.
The beauty of this song and its performance is the slow build. Many critics have been likening the 1D member's sound to that of the great David Bowie. But, as we write about in our album review of Harry Styles, while the singer likes to pull inspiration from legendary musicians, he also makes everything his own. His voice croons in a yearning sexiness at the beginning of the track, but quickly builds to something more omnicient and wise. At the end of the song, he cranes his voice into the chaos, grinding out a yelp that could give you goosebumps. Take a look for yourself:
Along with performing "Sign of the Times," Harry got in on the fun. He played Corden's "Flinch," with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, a game where fruit is launched at players while they try not to flinch. We'll let you see who was triumphant:
Styles, whose budding acting career will begin with the release of Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk in July, showed off his funnybone in The Late Late Show's opening skit as well. Check it out:
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