Louis Tomlinson thinks One Direction’s first album was “s***”.
The 30-year-old singer reflected on the 12 years since he, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan were grouped together on British TV talent show ‘The X Factor’ and admitted he doesn’t consider them a debut album, “Up All Night”, was good.
Speaking on the ‘Smallzy’s Surgery’ podcast, he said: “Twelve years ago today the band was formed, but the first album was f*** anyway.”
Luis is currently working on his second solo album and admitted he feels a lot of pressure to live up to the success of his former band.
He said: “Obviously I still feel the pressure to make a good record. . . and I’m trying to find my feet coming out of a big band like One Direction.”
The ‘Back to You’ singer isn’t the only former band member to criticize their music, with Zayn declaring their records ‘generic as hell’ in 2016, a year after he left the band.
He previously lamented, “There was never room for creative experimentation in the band for me.
“If I sang a hook or a verse a little bit RB or a little bit myself, it would always be recorded 50 times until there was a simple version that was pop, plain as hell, so they could use that version.
“Every time I suggested something, it just seemed like it wasn’t right for us. There was just a general concept that the management already had what they wanted from the band and I just wasn’t convinced by what we were selling.
“I kept up with the music 100 percent. It wasn’t me. It was music that had already been given to us and we were told that this was what would be sold to these people.”
Despite his comments, Louis insisted earlier this month that he was still “very proud” of One Direction.
He said: “I’m more than happy to talk about it in every interview. This is something I am extremely proud of.
“I am very proud [of One Direction]. Obviously, I’m very proud of those days. I mean, it was incredible to do at such a young age. I have wonderful memories.”