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Released: 2022

Hey fam, let’s dive straight into the deep end of Harry Styles’ “Little Freak”, shall we? It’s a classic tale of obsession and introspection — a highly stylized pop ballad serving as a raw, unfiltered window into the artist’s mind. It’s Harry, in all his vulnerable glory, grappling with the obsessive thoughts of a certain someone, caught between the intoxicating allure and the harsh reality of an unattainable love.

Starting us off, Styles waltzes into the verses with a “Little Freak, Jezebel,” alluding to the biblical character known for her seductive yet destructive tendencies — a hint of his subject being a tempting yet dangerous figure. Cozying up on the “kitchen counter,” this girl is painted as an everyday fantasy, a familiar fixture that unnervingly blends dreamscape with mundane reality. “You bring blue lights to dreams,” here, the ‘blue lights’ can be seen as a symbol of allure, mystery, or sadness, painting his dreams with an undercurrent of romantic melancholy.

Moving on to the “starry haze, crystal ball,” he’s clearly spellbound, trapped in a fog of infatuation, looking into a future that’s as undefined and unpredictable as a mystical crystal ball. The woman has turned into paranoia, such all-encompassing presence, high and lofty, and Harry is left dangling in the balance.

Interestingly, in the chorus he states, “I was thinkin’ about who you are, Your delicate point of view” — Styles isn’t merely daydreaming about the physical attributes or shared moments; he’s contemplating the person she truly is and her unique perspective on life.

The next verse is filled with vivid imagery of a casual gathering. When he says, “Did you dress up for Halloween?” and mentions the ‘golf swing’, ‘trampoline’, ‘tracksuit’ and ‘ponytail’, he’s subtly hinting at the private and unguarded moments he’s shared with this girl, further emphasizing her mundane yet mesmerizing charm. Yet, “Red wine and a ginger ale, But you would make fun of me, for sure” introduces a note of self-doubt, reflecting their complex dynamics.

The bridge presents a confession: “I disrespected you, Jumped in feet first, and I landed too hard.” Styles openly admits his impulsive disregard of boundaries and the painful consequences of his actions, even going so far as to reference karma! The broken ankle is a metaphor for a painful lesson learned. “You never saw my birthmark,” feels like an admission of his intimate longing for her to know him at his most vulnerable. It shows an imbalance of emotional connection, that while he knows the minutest details about her, she barely scratches the surface of knowing him.

Refrains of “Just thinkin’ about you,” echo towards the end, signaling Styles’ Continual obsession, even in the face of the evidence that this relationship isn’t beneficial for him. It’s a crucial study of the human heart in conflict with itself, caught in the throes of an intoxicating love that lingers long after the party’s over.

Designated ‘pop’, “Little Freak” is more than just an earworm of a tune. It’s a testament to Harry Styles’ songwriting brilliance; a mirror reflecting the complexities of love in all its unrequited, self-destructive glory. The kind of love that haunts you, like a flickering ‘blue light’ in your dreams. It’s a perfect pop hymn dedicated to all the “Little Freaks” that cross our paths and leave us forever changed.

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