Review: “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles

By Liv Langenberg

Hot girl summer will never end so long as Harry Styles continues releasing music. Fans were elated to hear the next single from his sophomore album Fine Line, which he debuted on Saturday Night Live last week. It sets a different tone from the first single, “Lights Up,” in which he croons, “Do you know who you are?” over and over. “Watermelon Sugar” is much more of a radio bop, with seemingly simple lyrics: “Tastes like strawberries on a summer evenin’..”

HOWEVER, many wondered if Harry was being cheeky with it. Zane Lowe of Beats 1 asked him if the sweet fruity tune was actually about oral sex, to which he responded “Oh, is that what it’s about?” Cute. As if anyone could forget his Rolling Stone cover where he admitted that his upcoming album was all about “having sex and feeling sad.” Styles must have a thing for fruit symbolism, considering the track “Kiwi” from his first album, alongside another track from Fine Line called “Cherry.” He commented on it in a tweet that looked like it came straight from a fan: “Kiwi walked so Watermelon Sugar could run.” Indeed, sir. “Watermelon Sugar” is an elevated “Kiwi” in the sense that it is incredibly catchy and less upfront about its sexual theme.

I’ve never felt like more of an aggressive stan than in that last paragraph there… Referencing not one but THREE Harry quotes in a short review? I need to get a grip. Unfortunately, it seems as though that will never happen. To absolutely no one’s surprise, I’m stoked for Harry’s album, which is due to release on December 13. He also admitted to experimenting with psychedelics while making the album, so I’m intrigued to see what came of that. Bold of him to release a summer song in November, but then again, Harry breathes and the stans go wild (myself included). Can you really blame us though? The man has it all. Don’t believe me? Watch the SNL episode he hosted. If his delightful charm doesn’t get you, the flared pants certainly will.

Rating: 5/5 Q-Tips

 

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