Little Mix’s fourth album, Glory Days, is the one album I can’t stop obsessing over right now. Stop by for a track-by-track review and find out where you can get your hands on a copy!
Hey guys! I’ve waited a little longer than I normally would to post this because I was so obsessed with Little Mix’s newest album, Glory Days, that I felt I really needed to soak it all up for as long as possible in order to accurately choose my favorite tracks.
Glory Days is the band’s fourth full-length album since being the only group to ever win X Factor. They’ve always been about empowerment, friendship, and learning to love yourself – and for those reasons it was super easy for me to fall in love with them. The foursome, made up of Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Jade Thirlwall have had quite the last year, and this album definitely shows that. They have writing credits on several of the songs, which we’ll discuss, and I have to say the ones they’ve helped write seem to be some of my favorites.
Their first single was Shout Out To My Ex, a song co-written by the girls with Iain James, Camille Purcell and others. After hearing all of the songs, while it’s not my favorite (as much as I do love it) it definitely made sense as the first single. After a high-profile break up with Zayn Malik, Perrie had stayed quiet for almost a year. The opening lyrics go, “This is a shout out to my ex/Heard he in love with some other chick/Yeah yeah, that hurt me, I’ll admit/Forget that boy, I’m over it/I hope she gettin’ better sex/Hope she ain’t fakin’ it like I did, babe/Took four long years to call it quits/Forget that boy, I’m over it”. Take a look at the music video below:
It’s an instant classic for anyone looking for a breakup anthem, and the music video is one of the more aesthetically pleasing videos I’ve seen lately. Their performance on X Factor a few weeks ago was phenomenal, and it set them up for their first ever #1 spot for one of their albums!
Before I get into my favorite tracks off the album, I’ll talk about the one that I think missed the mark the most. You Gotta Not was written by Meghan Trainor, and you can definitely tell. True to Meghan’s style (which I admittedly don’t like to begin with) she spends the entire song shit talking someone, in this case men that aren’t quite men enough. I feel like her intention was to write a song similar to TLC’s Scrubs circa the 90s, but it failed. You can call someone, or a group of someone’s, out on doing dumb things, but half of these things were ridiculous. She wants to be proud of her body, but then writes about the guy’s muffin top, for example. It’s another song in a long line of shitty Meghan Trainor songs, but coming from a group like Little Mix which is notorious for being all about empowerment it was a disappointing, yet catchy, track amongst stellar company.
There are a few other songs that aren’t amazing. Beep Beep is catchy, and sexually charged in all the best ways, but a little corny. Your Love isn’t all that memorable. In fact – as much as I’ve listened to the album on repeat I can’t even remember how Your Love goes. No More Sad Songs is right in the middle of the road for me, but it’s a song I’ll happily sing along to when it comes on. Oops is an adorable duet (is it still a duet when it’s a group and a singular artist? I went to school for music, I should know this and I don’t lol) between the girls and Charlie Puth, who apparently loves to do features. It’s adorable, and their voices all mix beautifully together, but it’s nothing amazing.
The rest of the album is phenomenal. It’s so good, that every time I think I’ve picked a favorite I have an inner battle over whether or not I can actually commit to that decision. Freak was a song that truly snuck up on me. It was written by Jesy and her ex-fiancé Jake Roche (of the band Rixton), which I had thought was ultimate relationship goals because the song had lyrics like “No I can’t be tamed, make you scream my name” but actually appears to be about cheating. So that’s interesting.
Both Down & Dirty and Power bring me all sorts of feels and make me want to get up on tables and smash things and swing my hair around. Both songs are about being bad bitches and owning it, everything that I love in any song – but especially in a Little Mix song.
F.U. is my favorite ballad in a long time, and one of my favorite Little Mix ballads ever. Right up there with These Four Walls and Little Me off of their second album Salute. The way the girls inflect, especially toward the final moments of the track, is truly beautiful. The lyrics are cleverly written, and it’s a song about cheating that I feel like is actually honest for once. Yes girl, talk about how you’re pissed but still want the D. It’s cool.
But by far, my favorite of the album, is Private Show, which you can listen to above. It has a nostalgic feel to it, like it was produced in a different decade, and I do love songs from years past. In fact, the intro in particular reminds me of something they used to play for the Fly Girls on In Living Color. Every single time this song starts playing it puts me in a good mood.
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