Little Mix – Salute
Text: Sherman Yang
In an era where young pop stars are headed down the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) route, British girl group Little Mix boldly releases an album filled with R&B hits, and we Salute their effort.
The album opens with an air raid siren on title track ‘Salute’ and the somber sound of horns before the funky beats kick in. The anthemic track is as pro-women as Beyoncé’s ‘Run The World (Girls)’, with the quartet singing “representing all the women, salute, salute” in the fist pumping chorus.
‘Move’ continues building up the album with its head bopping beat and catchy tune. Making the track stand out even more is the flirty “mm mm” and “ah” that backs the track.
Showcasing their vocal talents, the X Factor UK champions start off ‘Boy’ a cappella, complete with superb harmonies that demand repeated listens.
The album also contains powerful ballads like ‘Towers’ and ‘Good Enough’. The latter is an emotional track with tear-jerking lyrics, “I’m sorry for the way my life turned out. I’m sorry for the smile I’m wearing now. Guess I’m still not good enough.”
Similarly, ‘These Four Walls’ will tug at your heartstrings. The beautiful ballad is backed by strings, their emotional and raw vocals take centrestage on yet another stellar track.
If you haven’t already become a Little Mix fan, prepare to be awestruck on ‘About The Boy’ as Perrie Edwards, a.k.a One Direction’s Zayn Malik’s fiancée, effortlessly hits a glass-shattering note.
Having made foray into the Korean market with the Korean version of their ‘Wings’ from their debut album DNA earlier this year, Little Mix are definitely making waves internationally. With a spectacular sophomore album, perhaps Britain has finally found a girl group that can match the global success of the Spice Girls.
Recommended Tracks: ‘Salute’, ‘Move’, ‘Boy’, ‘Good Enough’ … the entire album