Horan told The Sun newspaper: “It’s a million miles away from our old album.
“It’s a bit more of a live-sounding album. The drums are a bit harder.
“When you make a second album, I think the thing to do is outdo your first one and personally I think we’ve done that. It’s way better.”
The album will be preceded by a single, ‘Live While We’re Young’, which is set for release next month.
The group – which also includes Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik – were formed into a group by the judging panel on UK TV show ‘The X Factor’ after all entering the show as individual singers. Since competing on the show in 2010, they have enjoyed number one records around the world, and are reported to have made £100 million.