If you haven’t heard of Little Mix by now, here’s what you need to know: The all-girl pop quartet originating from the UK consists of members Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall, Jesy Nelson, and Leigh-Anne Pinnock. They were discovered on the eighth season of The X Factor UK, where they were put together during the bootcamp stage after originally auditioning separately. They then went on to become the first ever group to finish in first place on the show. Flash forward a few years. With 3 full length albums and 3 tours (including one opening for Demi Lovato!!) under their belts, these girls have taken the pop music world by storm. Their latest album Get Weird was released this past November, and let me tell you, it’s a banger.
Read Ellen’s review of the album below.
When I think of Little Mix, I think of fun, sassy pop songs filled with tons of female empowerment. Nothing has changed here. Get Weird is full of bouncy, upbeat pop songs designed to make us women feel unstoppable. You’ll be dancing around your house to these tracks 24/7 (trust me I know, I do it all the time). But if you’re more into the slow, heartbreaking ballads, don’t worry – there’s plenty of those to go around too. The musical styles on this album range from everything from classic pop tunes, to old school vibes, to acoustic tracks. This album has been on repeat for me for months. Seriously. Go ahead, give it a go. I promise you you’ll love it.
The opening track is the first single off the album, Black Magic. Ah yes, the classic tale of how to make a boy fall in love with you. This song is a smash right from the first half a second, in which the girls start off chanting “all the girls on the block knocking at my door, wanna know what it is make the boys want more”. This song reminds me a lot of the old ’90s pop songs – super upbeat and colourful, very bubble-gum pop. The verses are soft and simple, but when that chorus hits, well, I warned you. This is definitely the catchiest song on the album, and it’s extremely obvious why it’s done so well on the charts. One listen and you’ll be singing this song for weeks.
Second on the album is Love Me Like You. This song has a completely different vibe than track number one, as it has a very old school feel to it. When the music starts, you immediately feel like you’ve gone back in time about 60 years. In this song, we hear the girls sing about wanting a past lover back. “Last night I lay in bed so blue, cause I realized the truth, they can’t love me like you. I tried to find somebody new, baby they ain’t got a clue, can’t love me like you.” Ladies, we’ve all been there. We all know the feeling of going through a breakup and feeling like you’ll never find somebody as good as your ex-man. While I’m in no position to give out relationship advice, this is definitely a song you’re gonna want to passionately sing into your hairbrush. The slowed down tempo and smooth vocals compliment each other extremely well and really make this song an album favourite for me. Not to mention the music video is hella cute.
Secret Love Song is the fourth track on the album (and the upcoming single!). Okay. Here’s the first of those heartbreaking ballads I promised. SLS tells the painful story that we all know too well. The one about being so incredibly in love with someone, but not being able to be with them because they’re already with someone else. The vocals on this song are incredible and so pure. It really showcases each girl’s range, but for me, Perrie steals the show. Her vocals are INSANE. The standout lyric in this song to me is “It’s obvious you’re meant for me, every piece of you, it just fits perfectly. Every second, every thought, I’m in so deep, but I’ll never show it on my face.” Love is complicated, but it’s even more complicated when something feels so right but you can’t do anything about it. Fair warning: this one will be sure to tug at the heart strings a little bit (or a lot).
Grown really gets back to what Little Mix is best at: girl power. It’s all about that boy who didn’t want you back then, but can’t seem to leave you alone now. “You blew it baby years ago, can’t get with me now, I’m grown.” they sing just before the beat drops. It’s sassy, fun and a feel-good song for the ladies. The beat is simple and there’s not a whole lot going on musically, but this song is sure to get you dancing in front of your mirror while you give yourself that “I’m-too-good-for-you” pep talk.
Another sass-filled song on the album is OMG. Basically, this song is about being so hot that every boy you meet falls for you. I know, I know, it sounds ridiculous. But with a funky beat behind it, it’s easily one of the album’s most fun songs. Sometimes us girls just need to listen to those completely self-absorbed songs. It boosts our self esteem, or something like that. This is one I can see my girlfriends and I blasting in the car with the windows down while we sing obnoxiously. Sorry in advance.
A.D.I.D.A.S. is the tenth song on the album and one of my personal favourites. It’s got a bit of a doo-wop sound to it mixed with a modern style, including a short rap. That’s right, I said rap. These girls really can do it all. Before you ask, A.D.I.D.A.S. is an acronym for “All Day I Dream About Shh With You”, according to the song. I’m sure you can guess what it’s about, but in case you haven’t figured it out, here’s another hint: the girls give a shoutout to Fifty Shades of Grey and Drake’s Hold On, We’re Going Home. Got it now? Good. Moving on. I’ll be honest, this one took a little time to grow on me. But now that it has, I haven’t been able to take it off repeat. I love seeing groups experiment with different music styles and this one definitely paid off for Little Mix.
Now, I’ve only touched on what I think are the standout tracks, but the rest of the album is absolutely worth checking out as well. From start to finish, you’re taken on a musical journey that touches on a ton of different styles. These girls have definitely come a long way since their X Factor days, and they deserve to be recognized for their hard work and pure talent. They’ve matured with each album they’ve put out, and Get Weird is no exception. In a world ruled by a majority of boy bands and male artists, Little Mix definitely deserve major props for holding it down for the ladies.
You can pick up Get Weird on iTunes here.