Little Mix have spent the last year writing and recording the album with an A-List cast of writers and producers, including Ed Sheeran, Camille Purcell, Jess Glynne, MNEK and Timbaland.
The collection is their strongest work to date, with the girls themselves describing it as “the album we always wanted to make”. Since 2011, Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall have not only established themselves as one of British pop’s brightest acts, but as a global pop phenomenon.
They have fully cemented their status as the world’s biggest girl band, with the quartet asserting dominance in the charts album after album. Little Mix have sold more than 45 million records worldwide and notched up a total of four UK No.1 singles, four platinum-selling albums and nine platinum selling singles, surpassing a record previously held by the Spice Girls.
Their last album GLORY DAYS is the biggest selling album by a female group this millennium in the UK being named the longest-reigning Top 40 album for a girl group ever. In Australia alone, the album peaked at #2 on the ARIA Album Chart and is certified Platinum.
Locally, Little Mix have achieved Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum status across a number of smash singles including ‘Wings’ (4x Platinum), ‘Touch’ (3x Platinum), ‘Shout Out To My Ex’ (4x Platinum) and ‘Black Magic’ (4x Platinum) to name a few.
Review of Little Mix - LM5 To by Thomas Bleach
Little Mix have never lacked confidence, that’s for sure, but for their fifth studio album they tap into a whole new found empowerment that unlocks a sassy and playful side to the girls. ‘LM5’ is a bold and personal journey of self empowerment that also explores the society uprising in equal rights. But in this tactical shift they have compromised their original sound with a new electronic pop production that experiments with RNB and hip hop elements. They’ve tried to grow their upbeat and carefree sound by adding more volume and BPM’s but instead they’ve kinda just pushed some of their long term listeners away. They really do reach towards that arena-ready sound with songs like ‘Think About Us’, ‘American Boy’, ‘Motivate’ and ‘The Cure’ which have those classic girl group moments. But the strongest moments on the record come from when they don’t hold back and give you little ridiculous and unexpected quirks.
’Strip’ is the first of the standouts with its hard hip-hop flavour that interpolates with an electronic pop beat that takes over the chorus. It reminds of early Pussycat Dolls with it’s sexual tension and pure empowerment that embodies throughout the whole delivery. This then perfectly transitions into ‘Wasabi’ which holds onto a similar vibe and adds in a rock moment that layers throughout the electronic beat. Playing off that band experimentation, ‘Love A Girl Right’ and ‘Told You So’ have a more wholesome approach with their guitar strumming and smoother harmonies before stripping it all the way back for ‘Monster In Me’ where they discover a raw vulnerability. I wish there was more stripped back moments in this collection because the complete sonical re-haul was a little unnecessary but it does show a strong minded new side to them which is very important in this current state of society.
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