You know our reviewer David couldn’t let the release of the new Little Mix album ‘Glory Days’ go by without a review, right? Right?
Arguably one of the most popular girl groups the world over since the Spice Girls, Little Mix are back with their latest album ‘Glory Days’. And it seems like they’ve grown up a lot since they got a bit weird.
Let me start with what I like about this album; We’ve finally gotten to a point where the songs offer a consistent listen. I’ve found with previous albums, they were really eclectic with their song choices, which made them hard to listen to end to end as bodies of work.
On ‘Glory Days’, we get to hear their vision as a whole. And it’s a good listen.
There are some incredibly catchy tunes on this album as well; ;ead single ‘Shout Out To My Ex’ is a ripper of a pop tune with a great chorus that gets you singing along instantly. It’s the ultimate revenge / empowerment track for those who have moved on from their ex. Of course the question is still out there about whose ex it’s really about…
Also a great pop tune is ‘Touch’. In both its club friendly guise and acoustic version, they have managed to craft something pretty special. It’s catchy and feels fresh.
I’m also a fan of ballad ‘Nobody But You’ for its simplicity and giving the girls a chance to show off vocally.
However, after that, I’m not finding much else glorious here.
Most of the other tracks feel quite middle of the road (not many single options in my opinion) and the lyrical content isn’t particularly engaging. The thing I’ve always loved about the girls is their messages of empowerment and strength and I feel this has been swapped out with singing about sex.
All you have to do is watch a recent live performance to see some questionable wardrobe choices (sorry Jesy!) and wonder what’s happened.
I know they are grown women and can express themselves how they want (and good on them for doing so), but I just don’t see this as “their thing”. They’ve become so popular the world over with an array of fans and it’s because of what they stand for and the music they create. I would like to see the provocative image toned down and more effort spent on creating cracking tunes as there are a few undercooked ones here.
Overall, ‘Glory Days’ offers a lot, but under-delivers on the tunes front.
It’s consistent yes, but it’s not innovative or terribly interesting.
There are some good songs, but I want the Little Mix girls to get back to the magic (‘Black Magic’ perhaps…) of releasing uplifting and confident pop tunes.
VERDICT : 3/5.
MUST LISTEN : Shout Out To My Ex, Touch, Nobody Like You.