You have to feel for Louis Tomlinson. His former One Direction bandmate Harry Styles has become one of the biggest pop stars on the planet while Mullingar lad Niall Horan has streaked ahead with his brand of radio-friendly FM rock.

Meanwhile, 30-year-old multi-millionaire Louis has been casting about for a sound he can call his own since his former band went on what now seems to be a permanent vacation.

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In the cruel world of pop, the Doncaster lad keeps on trucking. On his second solo album, Louis, who was always seen as the One Directioner with rock tendencies, is caught between Oasis-lite and the kind of regrettable UK indie landfill that blighted the charts in the early noughties.

The crunchy, industrial intro of euphoric wannabe anthem The Greatest suggests a tougher approach but the default setting of inoffensive guitar pop on the Snow Patrol indebted Bigger Than Me and Lucky Again is established early,

The standout tracks are All This Time and Headline, an airy and poppy track with sparkling guitar and a solid hook, which should go down well when he plays Dublin's 3Arena next November.

Pulled in several several different directions at once, Louis has acknowledged that his solo career is "an ever-evolving process" and you’d have to have a heart of stone not to wish Master Tomlinson well.

Alan Corr @CorrAlan2