X FACTOR winners Little Mix release their debut album, DNA, on Monday. Here’s a track by track sneak peak, from Gazette reviewer Vicki Newman.
The song, all about ignoring the people that put you down, has firmly cemented the girls’ signature sound.
2 DNA: This song is epic. The subtle music and drums allow the girls’ voices to shine.
Again each girl has a solo, but this song demonstrates their stunning harmonies as they join for the chorus.
The pop song has an urban edge that shows how much the group has developed and grown.
3 Change Your Life: A brilliant song that shows off the individual musical tastes of Little Mix.
Leigh-Anne’s urban roots match perfectly with Jesy’s soulful voice, and the harmonies from Jade and Perrie transform it into a hit.
4 Always Be Together: This slows the album down and is a beautiful story of love and friendship.
It’s a different sound to the previous tracks, but still has the girls’ stamp on it.
5 Stereo Soldier: A different sound again. The range on the album so far is fantastic and should appeal to a wide mix.
This track speeds things up again, and some vocal tricks give it a distinctive sound.
6 Pretend It’s OK: A big ballad with a beautiful melody. Again this track seems to have been inspired by the girls’ different tastes, but they come together brilliantly.
It builds up to a big, powerful finish.
7 Turn Your Face: A slow and eerie ballad with a gorgeous sound.
The simple music, made up of piano and violins, is haunting and dramatic.
8 We Are Who We Are: This song speeds things up again and is a really uplifting tune about being happy with who you are.
It’s a great message to send to Little Mix fans.
9 How Ya Doin?: One of my favourite tracks on the album kicks off with great a cappella harmonies from the girls.
It has a funk feel to it and is one you can’t help but tap your feet to.
10 Red Planet (featuring T-Boz): The intro brings back memories of Little Mix’s performance of En Vogue’s Don’t Let Go on The X Factor.
The girls teamed up with TLC’s T-Boz. T-Boz’s rapping paired with Little Mix’s harmonies sound great.
11 Going Nowhere: The plucky guitar intro gives this song a Samba sound, and the lyrics, about kicking a bad boyfriend into touch, keep it current.
12 Madhouse: A great ending to the album. A big song with big attitude.
Overall, it’s a fantastic debut album that will firmly cement Little Mix’s place in the charts and give them a real identity as artists.
Vicki’s verdict: 9/10