A nigh-on perfect pop statement...

With the success of their recent singles, including ‘Break Up Song’, the highly anticipated 'Confetti' is all Little Mix fans could ask for and more. From an increase of R&B influences, meta critiques on the music industry and driving forward with their empowering agenda to be every girl’s best friend, the four of them continue to challenge the world around them and better it for the young women that follow in their footsteps.

Jesy, Perrie, Jade and Leigh-Anne’s passion can be felt in all aspects of this album, from the writing to production, they took the driving seat. Being in control of the work they put into the world allows for the band’s authenticity as artists and people to shine through. Once again demolishing any idea that they’re a tokenistic girl band and presenting their true artistic capability as performers.

‘Happiness’, along with tracks like ‘If You Want My Love’, prove that Y2K isn’t just an aesthetic style this year but has bled into all creative fields. Touches of R&B, the nostalgic beats and the impeccable harmonies that the four produce offer comfort with their familiarity and still manage to feel progressive with the 2020 take on these classic elements of an iconic music era.

The undeniable star of the album is ‘Not a Pop Song’. The misleading title of the pop song sets the stage for a meta critique of the very genre in which the band have found their success. They mock the topics that they themselves observe and in turn, not only show their versatility, but that of the genre itself.

And if you need a pick me up, ‘Gloves Up’ and ‘My Love Won’t Let You Down’ are there to pump you up, comfort you and empower any listener. As we enter Lockdown 2, we need positive music, empowering tracks and an auditory hug, all of which the band have gifted to us in this near perfect pop production.

9/10

Words: Megan Walder

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