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Zayn Malik's 'Mind of Mine': 5 Key Takeaways

The former One Direction heartthrob's debut solo album is very adult. Here's a quick primer about the project:

1 / 5

The sex songs are in abundance

Our former One Direction baby is all grown up. We knew Zayn Malik was doing the nasty when we saw the video for his first ever solo single, "PillowTalk," but this album just makes it so much more real. The dude is finally coming into his own, we're happy he's experimenting and maturing. You go, ZM!

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...As are The Weeknd vibes.

While in 1D, Malik wanted to pursue his love of pop R&B. That wasn't the vibe of the world's biggest boy band, so now that he's on his own, he's totally owning those impulses. The result is some serious Weeknd-references, and we are not complaining.

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The best song on the record isn't the one you'd expect...and it's sung in Urdu.

When we first saw the Mind of Mine tracklist we were surprised to see that there was an interlude...the dude is just coming out on his own, why does he need to release this massive work? It turns out that the 1:44 minute-long track is actually the best on the album. "INTERMISSION: fLoWer" is performed entirely in Urdu, with Malik embracing his Muslim identity in a very real way. It's beautiful and heartbreaking, a real moment of intimacy on a record full of pristine production and club-ready bangers.

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The Kehlani collaboration really feeds into Malik's R&B impulses.

Zayn never partnered with a female voice in the whole of One Direction's existence, so hearing him sing alongside up-and-comer Kehlani is a real treat. The song is just sexy, too, so we're here for it.

5 / 5

This isn't One Direction.

Not even a little bit! Both acts share a knack for hooks but Zayn Malik the man is very different from Zayn Malik the boy band heartthrob. It'll be exciting to see where Zayn goes in the future, and we're confident he'll continue to write songs about fucking.

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