By Dani Mckenzie | 7 June 2023
On April 28, Niall Horan released the second single from his upcoming album The Show. "Meltdown" provides yet another example of Horan's profound lyricism mixed with a tune that makes you just want to get up and dance.
The first couple seconds of the song begins with an incredible, goosebump-inducing harmony. If the first two singles are anything to go by, Niall Horan is truly out here using heavenly, choir-like harmonies like they grow on trees.
"Meltdown" speaks directly to the struggles of anxiety and stress, particularly in the context of a very unsteady world. When announcing the single, Horan posted the following message on his socials:
And when the single was released, Horan posted both typed and hand-written messages about the meaning of the song and the purpose he hopes it will achieve:
Lyrics like "Talkin' to yourself in the bathroom / Losin' your mind in the mirror like you have to" and "One broken glass turns to total collapse / Just know this too shall pass / I'm tellin' you now tellin' you now / When it all melts down, I'll be there" not only perfectly depict the feelings Horan is addressing, but they also display his signature lyricism and artistry.
I know I will be listening to “Meltdown” through my tough times as well as my best. But Horan has been providing me with songs like this for a very long time. I can't help but feel the similarities to other songs he has dedicated to his fanbase, songs like "Mirrors" and "Fire Away" that directly speak to the struggles of his audience.
Horan once again assures himself and his audience that they are not alone. And as simple as the message may be, its importance cannot be overstated.
Niall Horan's long-awaited third album, The Show, will be released on June 9 and the dates for his 2024 tour have just gone live. Until then, his singles "Meltdown" and "Heaven" along with the rest of his discography are available on all the usual platforms.