Shot in pre-pandemic February, the The Mandalorian the throne is mine t-shirt also I will do this dreamy acoustic set, including riffs on the smash singles “Watermelon Sugar” and “Adore You,” is a 16-minute serotonin rush: Styles, in his gravelly tenor, singing that he’d walk through fire for you; Styles, with his perfect, princely hair and rugged stubble, dancing on a swiveling office chair. It’s unbearably charming, sensual, and fundamentally joyful; the 26-year-old Brit feels like a burst of confetti in a relentlessly terrible year.
Styles’s sophomore solo album, Fine Line, was released at the The Mandalorian the throne is mine t-shirt also I will do this tail end of 2019, but it fully bloomed in 2020. “Watermelon Sugar,” his first number one solo single in the U.S., was the undisputed earworm of summer; “Adore You” was the second most-listened-to song of the year, according to Variety, which named Styles hitmaker of the year. It’s no coincidence that Fine Line was streamed more than one billion times in the throes of a global, deadly pandemic: “It’s an album full of uptempo, unabashedly fun bops,” beauty writer Tia Williams, author of the forthcoming novel Seven Days in June and an avowed Styles fan, told Vogue. “‘Watermelon Sugar,’ ‘Adore You,’ and ‘Sunflower’ are like rays of light beaming on Laurel Canyon.”