"Voices like Louis' are rare."
These words grace the title card of a brand new video dedicated to Louis Tomlinson's vocal prowess, and the following 27 minutes prove exactly why that statement's true.
The video, posted by the fan-famous freddieismyqueen, is an in-depth analysis of Louis' technical skill and unmistakable individuality. It received an overwhelming 20,000 views in the first two hours after posting, a testament to the legions of Louies who feel the same about Louis' vocal talents. The comments section immediately flooded with fans professing their love for Louis and his vocal talent.
"So in conclusion, we have an actual angel on earth," wrote one fan.
"Never been so patient and calm my entire life. Only Louis can bring that out in me," commented another. Hundreds of fans agreed with them, boosting their comment to the top of the comments section.
That's because these are well-known feelings among Louis' fanbase. At any given One Direction concert, the only time the deafening screams of fans fell silent was during a Louis solo.
Louis Tomlinson's voice is distinctive: raspy, gentle, crystal clear. Once you hear it, you can pick it out any ensemble number. He has a naturally bright sound that's completely his own.
His voice carried One Direction's biggest tracks, often belting out lyrics he wrote himself. He demonstrates an effortless sense of power and control over his voice. Louis employs vocal breaks to add emotive depth to ballads like "Moments", then just as easily dropping into a darker, lower register for bridges like in "History".
He fills the space with his seemingly impossible projection, deftly supporting himself through entire lyric phrases. He shines in "No Control", a Tomlinson-written One Direction track that featured his vocals most prominently. Fans loved the song so much that they took it upon themselves to release it as a single. Only Louis' voice has that kind of power.
Despite the song's racy lyrics and rock beat, 1D concerts were always hushed during this number: no fan dared to scream over Louis' voice.
Louis is something of a vocal chameleon; his voice is genre-bending, perfectly suited to both ballads and bangers alike. The bright, clean quality of his chest voice can fluidly transform into a tender rasp, or hit a powerful high note with ease and precision.
As the video so eloquently puts it: Louis Tomlinson "sounds the way silk feels".