-- One Direction, "Take Me Home" (Syco/Columbia Records)

One Direction's sophomore album, "Take Me Home," comes one year after the group released its debut, "Up All Night," in the United Kingdom. The latter came out in America just eight months ago, has already sold 1.3 million units and is still in the Top 25.

The wholesome-looking quintet has joined Justin Bieber in the affections of girls everywhere, with their puppy eyes, trendy haircuts and rather good voices. And the boy band's new album delivers on the brief, vaguely catchy songs that appeal to both the romantic and the wild side of teenage girls.

The record relies heavily on perky and melancholic guitars, and on romantic invitations like "I want to be your last first kiss" on "Last First Kiss," which then veer into the leery "Tonight let's get some" on the very honest and upbeat first single, "Live While We're Young." It's full of riffs that haven't been heard since the 1990s boy bands took their final bows.

"Take Me Home" is mainly produced by the same folks behind the group's debut, including Rami Yacoub, Carl Falk and Savan Kotecha. English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran returns, too, co-writing two ballads ("Little Things," "Over Again") that break up the overall upbeat preppiness of the disc with memorable choruses.

The album feels relentless in rhythm, sometimes even during the ballads, with a homogenous sound and message – like a teenage boy who says all the right words in a rush to get what he wants. But this time they're only singing the right words to get to your wallets and adoration. And they're most likely going to get it.

CHECK OUT THIS TRACK: "Over Again" will be played over and over again by the lovelorn.

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  • Harry Styles

    Harry has a small A inked near his elbow done by bandmate Zayn Malik. He <a href="http://www.unrealitytv.co.uk/x-factor/one-direction-2012-harry-styles-admits-zayn-malik-gave-him-a-tattoo-liam-payne-pushes-niall-horan-to-the-ground/" target="_hplink">revealed</a> the tattoo is a tribute to his mom, Anne Cox.

  • Harry Styles

    A black outline of a <a href="http://www.metro.co.uk/showbiz/905644-one-directions-harry-styles-shows-his-soft-side-with-latest-tattoo" target="_hplink">five-pointed star</a> on his forearm is rumored to symbolize the five members of One Direction. One ultra-dedicated fan even got <a href="http://heart0ver-mind.tumblr.com/post/26499915714" target="_hplink">replicas of the stars</a> tattooed on her hips.

  • Harry Styles

    Is Harry Styles a Temper Trap fan? Some fans interpreted his <a href="http://www.metro.co.uk/showbiz/905644-one-directions-harry-styles-shows-his-soft-side-with-latest-tattoo" target="_hplink">forearm tattoo</a> "won't stop 'till we surrender..." as a tribute to the band's song "Sweet Disposition," which includes the line, "We won't stop till it's over, we won't stop to surrender."

  • Harry Styles

    The band is good friends with singer Ed Sheeran. Harry trusted Ed enough to ink a small <a href="http://www.sugarscape.com/main-topics/celebrities/755759/exclusive-we-chat-harry-styles-tattoo-artist" target="_hplink">padlock</a> onto his hand.

  • Harry Styles

    Harry has two new mystery tattoos that have yet to be revealed to the public! Tattoo artist Kevin Paul <a href="http://www.sugarscape.com/main-topics/celebrities/755759/exclusive-we-chat-harry-styles-tattoo-artist" target="_hplink">said</a>, "I did a couple of bits on him last night. They're really personal to him -- the reasons he had them done and stuff, so he doesn't really want to announce what they are. One was something from his childhood, and another one was something really important in his life."

  • Harry Styles

    Paul also has plans to start Harry's half-sleeve over the next few weeks. No worries, the design <a href="http://www.sugarscape.com/main-topics/celebrities/755759/exclusive-we-chat-harry-styles-tattoo-artist" target="_hplink">won't interfere </a>with his glorious <a href="http://harrystylescollarbones.tumblr.com/" target="_hplink">collarbones</a>.

  • Harry Styles

    Although Harry's tattoos usually have meanings, he hasn't yet explained the symbolism behind the <a href="http://www.zimbio.com/Harry+Styles/articles/u5WjkUEMO5F/Harry+Styles+Spotted+New+Clothes+Hanger+Tattoo" target="_hplink">clothes hanger tattoo</a> on his bicep. Any guesses?

  • Zayn Malik

    Zayn is by far the most-inked member of One Direction. His newest tattoo says "ZAP" on his forearm. While some fans hoped it was a tribute to girlfriend Perrie Edwards -- "Zayn and Perrie" -- his tattoo artist confirmed it's an <a href="http://www.heatworld.com/Celeb-News/2012/08/Is-Zayns-new-tattoo-a-tribute-to-Perrie-Edwards-We-asked-his-tattooist/" target="_hplink">inside joke with the other band members</a>.

  • Zayn Malik

    The rest of the band good-naturedly mocked Zayn's <a href="http://www.metro.co.uk/showbiz/902385-one-direction-mock-zayn-maliks-new-microphone-tattoo-on-stage" target="_hplink">microphone tattoo</a> by holding their real mikes up to the same spot on their forearms.

  • Zayn Malik

    Zayn's forearms are getting crowded -- he also sports a large <a href="http://www.nowmagazine.co.uk/celebrity-news/534841/one-direction-s-zayn-malik-has-his-fingers-crossed-with-new-skin-ink" target="_hplink">outline of a hand with two fingers crossed</a>.

  • Zayn Malik

    In a sentimental move, Zayn tattooed his <a href="http://www.nowmagazine.co.uk/celebrity-news/534841/one-direction-s-zayn-malik-has-his-fingers-crossed-with-new-skin-ink" target="_hplink">grandfather's name</a> Walter in Arabic on his chest. Zayn is half-Pakistani, half-British.

  • Zayn Malik

    One of Zayn's first tattoos was the Japanese symbol for <a href="http://www.nowmagazine.co.uk/celebrity-news/534841/one-direction-s-zayn-malik-has-his-fingers-crossed-with-new-skin-ink" target="_hplink">"born lucky"</a> on his hip, but later had it covered up with a <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2127516/One-Directions-Zayn-Malik-greets-fans-posing-topless-window-arrive-Down-Under.html" target="_hplink">heart</a>.

  • Zayn Malik

    Bad boy Zayn's collarbone is inked with an <a href="http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/zayn-malik-shows-off-his-sixth-tattoo-782453" target="_hplink">Arabic inscription</a> that means "be true to who you are."

  • Zayn Malik

    Next, Zayn gets in touch with nature with this tattoo of a <a href="http://www.squidoo.com/zayn_malik_tattoos" target="_hplink">silver fern </a>on the back of his neck.

  • Zayn Malik

    Without much room left, Zayn has a <a href="http://www.squidoo.com/zayn_malik_tattoos" target="_hplink">playing card</a> tattooed on his stomach, along with a crown and his initials.

  • Liam Payne

    Although Liam doesn't have any tattoos himself, he <a href="http://1015jamz.cbslocal.com/2012/06/12/one-directions-liam-payne-reveals-what-he-likes-in-a-girlfriend/" target="_hplink">says</a> he isn't opposed to them entirely. His girlfriend Danielle Peazer has one on her wrist.

  • Niall Horan

    Irish crooner Niall Horan isn't inked... yet. When he spotted a bar code tattoo on a reporter, he <a href="http://997now.cbslocal.com/2012/07/02/one-directions-niall-horan-wants-what-tattoo/" target="_hplink">said</a>, "That's the only tattoo I've ever actually thought about. It looks really good. I want one."

  • Louis Tomlinson

    Preppy Louis Tomlinson held out for longer than the rest of the group before getting a tattoo of his own -- a <a href="http://www.cambio.com/2013/01/28/louis-tomlinson-harry-styles-new-tattoos-louis-bird-tattoo-harry-styles-thumbs-up-pics/" target="_hplink">large bird</a> on his forearm.