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“Slow Hands”
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Information
Album

Flicker

Released

May 4, 2017

Format

Digital download

Writers

Niall Horan, Julian Bunetta, Tobias Jesso Jr

Producer

Julian Bunetta

Slow Hands is a song by Niall Horan. The song was written by Horan, Julian Bunetta, and Tobias Jesso Jr. It was released on May 4, 2017 and served as the second single from Niall's debut solo album, Flicker.

Lyrically, the song describes a sexual encounter.

Background

Horan explained in a newsletter email sent to fans on May 1, that the single "happened randomly" after he "listened to a lot of early 80s artists, like Don Henley. He explained "that lends its hand to heavy bass and funky guitar sounds, so it was fun to play around with that". He specified it does not sound like anything else on the album. As well as the newsletter, Horan confirmed the single released by posting a multiple scale photo of the single cover to his official Instagram. While Horan originally confirmed on Twitter that Gabe Turner and Ben Winston would be directing the music video, he later told press in July 2017, that he had scrapped the video and wasn't looking to film another.

Lyrics

[First Verse]
We should take this back to my place
That’s what she said right to my face
‘Cause I want you so bad
Yeah I want you, baby
I’ve been thinking about it all day
And I hope you feel the same way, yeah

[Pre-Chorus]
‘Cause I want you bad
Yeah I want you, baby

[Chorus]
Slow, slow hands
Like sweat dripping down our dirty laundry
No chance
That I’m leaving here without you on me
I know
Yeah I already know that there ain’t no stopping
Your plans, and those slow hands
Slow hands

[Second Verse]
I just wanna take my time
We could do this baby all night, yeah

[Pre-Chorus]
Cause I want you bad
Yeah I want you baby

[Chorus]
Slow, slow hands
Like sweat dripping down our dirty laundry
No, no chance
That I’m leaving here without you on me
I, I know
Yeah I already know that there ain’t no stopping
Your plans, and those slow hands

[Bridge]
Fingertips putting on a show
Got me now and I can’t say no
Wanna be with you all alone
Take me home, take me home
Fingertips putting on a show
Can’t you tell that I want you baby? Yeah

[Chorus]
Slow, slow hands
Like sweat dripping down our dirty laundry
No chance
That I’m leaving here without you on me
I know
Yeah I already know that there ain’t no stopping
Slow hands
Like sweat dripping down our dirty laundry
No chance
That I’m leaving here without you on me
I know
Yeah I already know that there ain’t no stopping
Your plans, and those slow hands
Slow hands
Ooh, slow hands

Lyric Video

Niall Horan - Slow Hands (Lyric Video)03:19

Niall Horan - Slow Hands (Lyric Video)

Commercial Performance

Digital

Slow Hands debuted at #1 on iTunes in 38 countries. It also debuted at #1 on iTunes Worldwide Chart.

Official

Slow Hands debuted at #5 on Scotland's Official Chart, #7 on Ireland's Official Chart, #11 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart and #25 on the UK Official Chart. The song peaked at #2 in Australia, #11 in the United States, #7 in the United Kingdom, #9 in Canada and #3 in Scotland and Belgium. It was certified platinum in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia (3x), Canada (2x) and New Zealand. In August 2017, Capitol Records announced Slow Hands was the 5th most tweeted about Song of the Summer. On 24 September 2017, Slow Hands became the most played song on US pop radio and, after two weeks atop the chart, he was dethroned by fellow bandmate Liam Payne's single Strip That Down. This achievement meant One Direction were the only band to have three members achieve solo #1 hits, and the first group to have two members occupying the #1 and #2 spots.  

Reception

Billboard's Taylor Weatherby noted "Slow Hands" focuses on a "funkier guitar vibe", compared to Horan's previous single "This Town." She also opined "the subtly-sexy song" shows an "edgier side of Niall." Colin Stutz from the publication, added, "The combination of a thumping beat and Horan's raspy vocals makes the song hardly even sound like the same guy who sang ["This Town"]. But what "Slow Hands" shows is that Horan definitely won't just be sticking to the sweet singer-songwriter sound on his solo debut."

In The Irish Times, Jennifer Gannon wrote that it’s no radical departure, Niall hasn’t decided to go Gaga but it’s a step in a more Sheeran-style, crowd-pleasing direction. A gentle, foot-stomper about a lady with a magic touch, a lady who knows what she wants, she wants to get her hands all over Niall’s "dirty laundry" and not in a bringing your washing home on a Sunday way."

Live Performances

Slow Hands Niall Horan San Diego02:58

Slow Hands Niall Horan San Diego

May 12, 2017

Niall Horan - "Slow Hands" Live at Wango Tango 201703:12

Niall Horan - "Slow Hands" Live at Wango Tango 2017

May 13, 2017

Niall Horan - Slow Hands (One Love Manchester)03:22

Niall Horan - Slow Hands (One Love Manchester)

Niall Horan - Slow Hands in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge03:15

Niall Horan - Slow Hands in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge

Niall Horan - Slow Hands (Acoustic)02:50

Niall Horan - Slow Hands (Acoustic)

Niall Horan - 'Slow Hands' (Live At Capital’s Summertime Ball 2017)03:31

Niall Horan - 'Slow Hands' (Live At Capital’s Summertime Ball 2017)

Niall Horan - 'This Town' & 'Slow Hands' (Live From iHeartRADIO MMVAs 2017)04:52

Niall Horan - 'This Town' & 'Slow Hands' (Live From iHeartRADIO MMVAs 2017)

Niall Horan - Slow Hands (Live on The Voice Australia)03:17

Niall Horan - Slow Hands (Live on The Voice Australia)

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