Mixing up the music scene with “Glory Days”

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Meghan Wuersig, Guest Writer

“Going home, take the long way round. Lights pass, sit back with the windows down.”

That’s a line from track number 10 on British girl group Little Mix’s new album entitled “Glory Days”. The album was released on November 18th, 2016.

Little Mix is a singing group that was formed in 2011 on the television show, The X Factor. They won the competition and gained increasing popularity thereafter. Group members include Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock. To date they have produced a total of four albums including their most recent.

Listening to the album, right off the bat you hear a song that has already made it to the top of the iTunes charts, “Shout Out to My Ex.” Most listeners assume that it relates personally to band member Perrie Edwards, who had a very famous break-up with her high profile ex Zayn Malik. The song is a bit of a disappointment because Little Mix has been a group that typically does not resort to drawing attention with explicit lyrics and negative antics. This song takes a turn in the opposite direction.

Throughout the rest of the album, adult themes are continually present. Song titles alone will be enough to send up red flags to parents, especially  “Touch”, “F.U.,” and “Down & Dirty.” The most repeated words throughout the album are “touching” and “body”. The bottom line is that this album isn’t appropriate for younger audiences.

On the plus side, Little Mix redeems with their mesmerizing vocals. Spot-on harmonies and soulful lyrics elicit deep feeling. Little Mix has been titled one of the most talented girl groups in history and rightfully so. Their ability to emotionally connect with audiences on songs such as “Nobody Like You” is commendable. “But I’m alone, I’m alone, I’m alone again. And all I want, all I want is to feel again.”

Their songs are timeless, transporting listeners to other generations of music. One track, “Private Show”, is reminiscent of music by former girl group Destiny’s Child, while “Beep, Beep and Freak” sounds like a mixer classic from the 1950’s. Compared to other albums, “Glory Days” isn’t just strictly pop. It has a mix of different genres including electronic dance, hip-hop/rap, and rock. There is still enough pop on songs like “Nothing Else Matters” to satisfy fans won by their previous albums.  

All in all, “Glory Days” is not a bad listen. With its explicit lyrics and sexual themes, it will be best received by more mature audiences but listeners will be in for a treat with a pleasant mix of genres and those beautiful, timeless vocals.