Little Mix are one of the 2010s girl groups, and they’ve been keeping their energy alive since their start. That hasn’t changed just yet. Little Mix burst with confidence in LM5, their fifth record that sees them really take command.
LM5 has a statement to make, and Little Mix make sure to make it loud and clear. ‘The National Manthem‘ opens the record with this very cool a cappella performance from the group as they establish some feminist vibes early. Immediately following is the feminist anthem ‘Woman Like Me,’ a very big and upfront track complete with a verse from Nicki Minaj. Even though the track may have some overtly feminist themes, it is undeniably catchy and does a great job getting the message across. Little Mix get a bit more personal in more sensual songs like ‘Strip,’ which comes with a very unique production and a feature from Sharaya J, and ‘Love A Girl Right,’ which comes off almost as a threat to be a good man.
Beyond their messages, the music on LM5 is unstoppably catchy. You can’t help but feel enamored by the melodies they deliver in tracks like the sweet ‘Told You So‘ or the bold ‘Joan Of Arc.’ On top of being a threatening force, Little Mix also reveal some very personal emotions, coming off as torn in ‘Monster In Me‘ and more tantalizingly fun in ‘Motivate.’ That fun vibe embodies ‘Wasabi,’ as well as the more anthemic tracks like the ballady, Spanish-influenced ‘Think About Us‘ and closing track ‘The Cure.‘ There’s even some drama on the record with ‘More Than Words‘ with Kamille. Little Mix are definitely not a one-trick pony.
Little Mix burst with confidence in LM5, bringing an authoritative presence all the while having fun with their music. It’s a breath of fresh air to hear such confident and fun pop, and only Little Mix could deliver it like that.
Favorite Tracks: Woman Like Me, Think About Us
Least Favorite Track: American Body
Rating: 76 / 100
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