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...