Niall Horan to release solo album next month

NEW YORK • Niall Horan's new direction, musically, is quite close to that of One Direction.

The British boyband went on an indefinite hiatus after the album Made In The A.M. in 2015, but stopped short of calling it quits.

While bandmate Zayn Malik cast away One Direction's squeaky- clean image to go for a sensual, urban vibe, Harry Styles surprised critics with an album that was influenced by 1970s icon David Bowie.

Over the weekend, Horan released a ballad with echoes of the heart-throb boyband. He also announced on social media that his debut solo album, Flicker, will come out on Oct 20, followed by a tour of the United States and Canada next year. The 24-year-old Irish singer released a track off the album titled Too Much To Ask, a piano-led ballad in which his soulful voice mourns the end of a relationship.

The song is produced by Greg Kurstin, best known for co-writing Adele's 2015 smash hit, Hello.

Kurstin also worked with Horan on the first track off Flicker, the acoustic guitar ballad This Town.

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