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How the boys of One Direction are setting out on their own

How the boys of One Direction are setting out on their own

Niall Horan recognized the lyric was something of a risk.

A key part of “Slow Hands” — the top-20 solo hit by this member of the British boy band One Direction — the iffy line likens his lover’s touch not to a summer breeze or a kiss from a rose but to “sweat dripping down our dirty laundry.”

On the page it’s vaguely nauseating. Yet as Horan delivers the words in his breathy croon, backed by a creeping funk groove, the image conjures a sensuality you can almost feel.

How’d he know it would fly?

“I was with some friends of mine and we were just kind of shouting out lyrics,” the singer said...

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